2 yards laminated 58″ cotton fabric (I used Groovy in Olive from Heather Bailey’s line Freshcut laminated cotton for FreeSpirit Fabric)
2 yards home dec weight 58″ cotton fabric (I used Caiman Stripe in Pink from Heather Bailey’s line Garden District for FreeSpirit Fabric)
1/2 yard quilting cotton fabric for binding (I used Jelly Bean in Pinky Purple from Heather Bailey’s line Freshcut for FreeSpirit Fabric)
Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Heavy thread in a coordinating color
quilting gloves (optional)
Note: If you have never sewn with laminated fabric, I’d suggest practicing on some scraps before you start sewing the picnic blanket. You may need to adjust the stitch length or the tension, or change the foot on your machine. I found that my machine worked best with my stitch length increased and by attaching my walking foot to help move the layers of the laminate and home dec fabrics through.
This is what the strips will look like after they are sewn together.
Then fold the strip in half, wrong sides together, along the entire length of the binding and press.
8. Place the binding along the home dec (bottom) side of the blanket. Starting in the middle of one side, line up the raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the blanket,
and begin to pin in place about five inches down from the fold at the beginning of the binding, again making sure to keep the pins in the seam allowance.
and then bring it back down on itself along the edge of the next side of the blanket to create a mitered corner.
Continue to pin along the next side of the blanket. Pin the binding in place all along the lengths of all four sides of the blanket, mitering each corner.
Once you’ve reached the side of the blanket that you started on, leave about 12” of blanket the unpinned.
9. Stitch the binding onto the blanket using a 1/4” seam allowance. I found it helpful to use a pair of quilting gloves to help move the fabrics through the sewing machine during this step.
When you get to the folded edge of the binding at the corner, stop sewing and leave the sewing machine needle down. Remove the pins and unfold the binding at the corner. You should see a fold in the binding that runs diagonal to the side of the blanket you are working on.
Bring the unsewn section of the binding that is to the right (the end you started with) and lay it over the other end of the opened binding.
Pin together, and using the crease in the fabric as a guide, sew a seam and backstitch at the beginning and end to lock the stitches.
Fold the binding down over the raw edge of the quilt and press with your fingers.
and continue to sew to the tip of the corner, then backstitch until you get back to the edge of the binding on the next side of the blanket.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.