Easy Gift Idea - The Bias Bound Woollen Blanket

Written by Caroline 

Mothers Day is coming… but there is still enough time to make a thoughtful gift for your Mum, Granny, Step-Mum, Adoptive Mum, Mother-in-Law or even for yourself as a way of remembering your Mum who is no longer with you. 

When the first of the winter fabrics started arriving, I bought the Double Weave Houndstooth Reversible Coating (which has now sold out) for no other reason than I loved it, I used the excuse that I would make a cosy throw to justify buying it. Since then more woollen fabrics have arrived that would make great blankets and the pillowy soft boiled wool is also perfect for a drapey snuggly throw. Perfect for winter nights on the couch. 

a heavy woollen blanket draped over a chair with a black seat and wooden legs. It has a black background

At a quick glance at the wool section of the store, these woollen coatings would make great throws.

I made mine with a contrasting bias binding but if you wanted something more subtle there is plenty to choose from in our bias binding section. 

I am a quilter and binding is one of my favourite parts of quilt making!  If you haven’t done it before and are unsure where to start, I have put together a tutorial to help you with the corners and joining the ends. It’s a pretty easy process and not a long task.

Things That You Need

For my Double Weave Throw I bought 150cm to make an almost square. (The fabric width is 142cm) and 7m of Bye Bye Birdy Terracotta Bias Binding. I also added a cute little 'So Cosy' label from Kylie and the Machine. It is from the Limited Edition Metallic Side Seam pack.

a close up of the so cosy label on the grey and white check blanket that has terracotta binding

Attaching Bias Binding

Firstly you need to make sure the corners are square, if need be trim it slightly and trim the selvedge.

To start, decide which side you want to be the ‘right’ side. 

Half way along one edge of the fabric line up the raw edges of the fabric and the binding, right sides together and start sewing roughly 5cm from the end of the bias binding tape.

It is best not to start at a corner, you will have too much bulk in one area when you are finishing the binding at the end. image showing bias binding being attached to a boiled woolSew until you are 1cm from the corner of the side you started. Pinch the fabric up so that the edge of the binding goes around the corner and lies flat on the next side. the corner of a blanket with the biased binding being pinched up between thumb and fingersFold the excess fabric towards the seam you have sewn. This is very important to do because you do not want to catch it under the side you are about to sew. 

To sew the next side, start from the edge of the fabric and sew to the next corner and repeat until you have sewn all four corners. 

photo of bias binding fabric sewn down

Joining The Binding

The next step is to join the two ends of the binding together so it provides a neat finish. 

On the final side of the blanket, stop when when you get about 10cm away from where you started the binding and backstitch to stop it from coming undone. 

Lay the end of the binding over the top of the start of the binding and trim the binding so it overlaps the start of the binding by 2.5cm. 

Fold the end of the start of the binding up at 45 degree angle and place the end of the binding over the top of it. biased binding ends lapping overEnsure that the binding is taut along the fabric and clip down the layers, the more clips or pins the better. 

Sew from where you finished the stitching to the start of the stitching. All the layers should now be sewn down. 

The binding is now attached!

Fold the binding over the edge of the fabric with the raw edge tucked up inside of it so it is all enclosed. biased bound edgeTo finish the binding and the blanket simply slip stitch it down on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric and your blanket is done!

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