Self-Binding Blanket

Posted by administrator on Monday, December 31st, 2012

Self Binding Blanket

Hello! I’m Sara from Flannel Queen. Today I’m happy to show you how to make my favorite type of flannel receiving blanket: The Self-Binding Blanket. This blanket has two layers of flannel. The flannel from the back is brought around to the front to look like binding. We’re also going to add ric rac to make it extra cute! Let's get started...

Self-Binding Blanket Tutorial

Printable Version

Materials Needed:

Materials Needed

1 ¼ yard of flannel for blanket back (it will come around to the front as the “binding” as well)

1 yard of flannel for blanket front

4 yards of jumbo ric rac

Coordinating thread

Course Instructions:

42” square of flannel for blanket back

32” square of flannel for blanket front

Note: Use ½ inch seams for this blanket.

Step 1: Mark the center of all four sides of both pieces of flannel. I do this by putting a pin in the centers.

Step 2: Lay the two pieces of fabric right-sides together.

Pin Together

Step 3: Beginning on one side, line up the center pins and pin the two fabrics together. Put 4-5 pins on each side to hold it in place. Do this for all four sides. When you have pinned all four sides, you will have extra fabric sticking out on each corner, since the back piece is larger than the front piece.

Step 4. One side at a time, sew from the middle to the outside corner, stopping ½ inch from the edge. This is your “stopping point”. On the fourth side, leave an opening for turning your blanket right side out later. 

Sewing Diagram

Step 5. Fold the blanket in half, so it is shaped like a triangle. Working with one corner at a time, Sew a line from the “stopping point” to the fold. This line should be a 90 degree angle to the fold. Repeat for all corners.

Sew Corners

Step 6. This is important: turn the blanket right-side out and check to make sure your corners look right. If they do, then turn the blanket inside-out again and proceed.

Step 7. Cut off the excess from each corner. 

Discard Corners

Step 8. Turn the blanket right-side out. Press entire blanket. I like to press all seams toward the outside of the blanket. This helps it to lay flat.

Turned Right Side Out

Step 9. Now you are going to sew the ric rac on. The ric rac will cover the seam between the two fabrics. Remember, there is still an opening in this seam. Make sure you line the ric rac up correctly so you will sew the opening shut as you pass over it. I like to use a large zig zag stitch when sewing ric rac. I have found it is easiest to hide the ric rac beginning/end point in a corner. To do this, have the beginning of the ric rac hang over the corner a bit. When you are almost to the end of the ric rac, take a minute to trim the beginning piece, trim off the end, and tuck the end under the beginning to hide the raw edges. (see the next two pictures)

Corner 1

(The ric rac end will pass over the beginning, then tuck under. Before sewing, trim the beginning to it hides under the end of the ric rac. )

Finished Corner

(The ric rac end goes over the beginning and then tucks under to hide raw edge.)

 You’re done!

You can find loads of fun ideas and tutorials on my blog, facebook, and pinterest. Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy New Year!

Category: Quilts


  1. I make these all the time out, I love them and so do my friends. Instead of the RickRack (which I hadn't even thought of) I use the fancy stitches on my machine and top stitch over the seam.
    by Tracy
    January 04th, 2013 at 9:54 p.m.
  2. Is there an easy, quick way to square up the 2 pieces of flannel? I washed my flannel first and found it very difficult to get it square. Thanks for any suggestions anyone has. Sue
    by Sue
    September 25th, 2013 at 8 p.m.
  3. Hey Sue - I always pin the four corner of my flannel together before I wash it, makes it easier to square up!
    by Kim
    January 10th, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.
  4. Thank you so much for the extra advice on the corners. I tried one from another tutorial and it didn't turn out with mitered corners. I think the folding is the key.
    by Anna
    April 12th, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
  5. I need to make this blanket as a rectangle and not a square. Can I use the same method with the back material 5-6 in. more all the way around. thanks.
    by judy white
    August 19th, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.
  6. You can make them any size including rectangle. And I don't make the back 10 inches larger because I prefer a smaller binding. I go about 3" larger all the way around.
    by Tammy
    September 03rd, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.
  7. The best instructions. Consice, well written & the pictures are perfect. Great job. Thanks so much for sharing. These are definitely the best instructions for this project.
    by Heather
    November 18th, 2014 at 10 a.m.
  8. Is it necessary to wash flannel before it is sewn? *I never do, but it is a personal preference:)
    by Cyndi
    January 08th, 2015 at 9:27 a.m.
  9. I tear/rip my fabrics and then pre-wash. They'll always be square after that. Evident when you fold it, and all corners line up precisely.
    by Cindy H.
    February 08th, 2015 at 9:42 p.m.
  10. I followed all my f your instructions. Even turned right side out before cutting. And for some reason my corners aren't laying flat. Can someone tell me what I did wrong!
    by Beth
    April 04th, 2015 at 7:18 a.m.
  11. Hi Beth,I'm not sure what is going wrong. If you would like to e-mail me directly at, I can put you in touch with the author of this tutorial, who would be more than happy to help you out.
    by Julia
    April 06th, 2015 at 1:53 p.m.
  12. I don't understand the corner process. If you fold into a triangle and sew the corners, wouldn't you be sewing the whole blanket into a triangle? Do you fold twice? Four times? I'm a confused visual learner.
    by Arvella
    August 03rd, 2015 at 9:02 a.m.
  13. Very understandable directions thank you.
    by Nancy
    August 09th, 2015 at 4:36 p.m.
  14. Same question here as Arvella, visual learner and I am confused with the triangle step.
    by Virginie
    August 31st, 2015 at 11:28 a.m.
  15. Hi Arvella & Virginie, so sorry you are confused on this. I found it helpful to simply follow the instructions using practice fabric. Walking myself through the process, it all made sense and came together. When you sew corner as shown in the diagram, it creates the angle needed when you turn the fabric right side out so that the back fabric overlaps to the front giving the look of binding. This explanation is probably more confusing - I really do recommend going through the steps with a practice piece of fabric so that you can visualize the process.
    by Julia
    September 15th, 2015 at 12:01 p.m.
  16. I love the colour combo on the demonstration model ... perfect!
    by Avlea
    October 07th, 2015 at 10:25 p.m.
  17. followed the directions my inside fabric looks bunched up and my corners dont lay flat binding doesnt seem even on all 4 sides what am i doing wrong?
    by diane
    November 11th, 2015 at 9:05 p.m.
  18. My guess is that the center point of each of the 4 sides isn't matched up correctly. If you pin the center points of the front piece to the center points of the back piece, then sew from the center out to the corner (repeating 8 times, 2 for each side), the corners will match up right.
    by Julia
    November 12th, 2015 at 2:23 p.m.
  19. if you are having trouble with the corners, make sure the stitching is perpendicular at 90 degree angle to the FOLD, not the stitching line. I made that mistake with the first corner and it wouldn't lie flat.
    by Alison
    December 10th, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.

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