Receiving Blankets! Soft cotton jersey knits!

Sometime this month I am expecting the arrival of grandbaby #4!  During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend we had a baby shower for my daughter – lots of clothes & story books, but not a single receiving blanket!  So while I’ve been finishing up her wedding quilt and starting the baby’s quilt — I’ve made some over-sized receiving blankets out of cotton jersey knit.  Joann’s had some adorable prints – 58″ wide.  I bought 1-1/4 yds of four different prints – ample.

First decide your size – I chose 42-inch square for my size.  I then folded it fourths to round the corners.  Use a can or lid as a pattern.

Use a can or lid to make a square corner round.

Next cut your strips for the binding – cotton jersey knit has more stretch crosswise – cut length wise instead for a more stable edge.  1-3/4 inch width worked out nicely.  

Time to join the pieces – on the bias spreads out the bulk.

Binding pieces joined on the bias.

Next you’re going to sew the binding and blanket square together – wrong side of blanket to right side of binding.  Start with a tail about 6-8 inches long.  Round corners can be a bit tricky but look great when your finished – you’ll need to stretch the blanket a bit at the corner while not stretching the binding.

Stretch the blanket corner while attaching the binding. Once you get around the corner - STOP stretching.

Joining the binding when you come back around is a breeze!  Really!  You can get a little measuring square to help you out

Binding tool - not necessary.

but I’m going to tell you how without the tool!  Stop stitching about 6-8 inches before you get to the start – hopefully you have two tails that overlap.

Leave a space for joining the ends.

Take ONE tail and cut it straight across about mid way in the space left.  Now take a ruler and put it flush with the cut end, overlap the uncut tail over that and then make a cut at the same measurement as the width of your binding – in my case 1-3/4 inches from the end of the ruler.

Using a ruler to connect your binding ends.

Now to connect  the two ends

Square up the ends at a right angle and sew across the bias.

Trim off the excess, press open and it should lay nice and flat for you to finish attaching to the blanket.

Nice fit - ready to finish up.

Pressing the edges - watch your fingers! ouch!

Time to press  – press the seam toward the binding and on the raw edge of the binding fold & press a 1/4 inch allowance.

Using a stitch in the ditch foot & needle moved a few notches to the right.

Time to sew again!  I have found using my stitch in the ditch foot, adjusting the needle location over 3 or 4 notches to the right, gets me set up for a very nice top-stitched edge.

A bit blurry - you'll need to stretch it a bit to keep the binding square to itself.

Once again on the corners you’ll need to do a bit of stretch of the blanket – try to keep the binding square to the binding so you’ll need to stretch the blanket enough to do that.

Done!  Note one on the right I did with the binding cut on the crosswise – you can see a bit of wave to the blanket edges versus the one on the left lying nice and flat.

Suggestions for next month’s topic?  I’m thinking about focusing on applique – #4 grandbaby’s quilt has 16 squares of applique that I’ll be focused on for the next couple of weeks!

4 thoughts on “Receiving Blankets! Soft cotton jersey knits!

  1. Helen, I love you but seriously go nuts when you write “your” when it should be the contraction “you’re” as in when you said ” Next you’re going to…”

  2. Thank you so much! My daughter had a jersey knit blanket that she loved to pieces so i figured i would just buy some fabric and make a new one, but I couldn’t figure out the binding. This was perfect! Can’t wait to get started!

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