Besides making Artful Oven Mitts, my favorite gift to make is Fleece Flannel Blankets. And being that it is the holiday season–which really just means Maker Madness is going on at full speed–I thought I would share how I make the bindings for these blankets.
Back in June, I wrote about Fleece Flannel Blankets, and I promised that when it got dark and the snow started falling, I would share my method for making a twirly striped binding. I love how this binding looks.
A twirly striped binding is simply a binding made of striped fabric that is cut on the bias. The first step is to figure out how big your piece of stripped fabric needs to be. Quilt Maker Doreen Speckmann created this easy formula to help you do that. You will need a calculator with a square root function.
Add the inches of the perimeter of your quilt. If we are making a throw size Fleece Flannel Blanket that would approximately 64” + 72” + 64” + 72”. This equals 272”. I am rounding up here, as I hate finding out at the sewing machine that my binding is too short.
Multiply that number by the width you like to make your bindings. I like a 2 1/4” binding.
272 x 2.25 equals 612. Now I hit the square root key on the calculator. This gives me the number 24.7. I then need to add 3” to account for seam allowances. This means I need to cut a 28 inch square of my striped fabric.
Next fold this square in half and iron a crease there. Use your favorite ruler and cut along that crease line.
Here is that binding attached to a Fleece Flannel Blanket. This blanket went to a friend to comfort her during chemo. I am VERY happy to say that she recently finished her treatments and is doing great.
I’ve linked this post to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays. Check it out to find out about all the fiber art that’s been made in the last week.