Last summer I learned a super fast way to a blanket with mitered corners. At first I was so confused, but as soon as I tried my first one I was in love with the process. I find myself applying it to so many things- it’s so easy to use on any sized project. I just finished this blanket to add a little blue to my living room and I took some pictures of my process so you could see what to do-
First you take two fabrics and cut one slightly larger than the other. The larger the bottom fabric, the bigger your edging on your finished blanket, just make sure it’s larger by the same amount on every side. I made mine 1 1/4 inches larger on every side, allowing my finished border to be about 1 inch wide.
Next, take your quilting ruler and cut your bottom fabric at a perfect 45 degrees. Make your cut 1/4″ away from the point of your top fabric. (the photo shows the ruler lined up perfectly with the point of the top fabric, you’ll want to cut 1/4″ away from there- where the black dashed line is)
Take your bottom fabric and fold it in half diagonally, bringing one side up to the top, right side together. This will fold one of your 45 degree cuts right in half. Sew that corner using a 1/4″ seam, starting with the side of the fold and ending 1/4″ from the end of your cut as shown above. If you do it correctly, when you turn your corner right side out it should look like this- (minus the white strip from the edge of the fabric! Bad form, I know- but I had to use it to make my fabric work!)
Repeat with each corner and iron all four corners, then iron all the way around your fabric to keep that new turned edge in place. (if you want to be exact, you can measure how much to turn. It will be the same measurement as the extra border you left on your larger piece when you cut your fabric- for me it was 1 1/4″)
Now your bottom fabric will look like this-
And for your last ironing requirement, you’ll go around your whole blanket, this time turning a 1/4″ under to create a nice edge. (see how my white disappears?)
Take your bottom piece and lay it a flat surface with the pretty border you just made facing up. Take your top piece and lay it on top, wrong sides together. Carefully fit the top piece into the borders created on the bottom piece. Pin in place as you go.
With your pins in place you are ready to sew your blanket! Sew around your entire blanket, about 1/8″ away from the inside fold in your edging.
After you sew all the way around, you’re done! Enjoy your blanket and keep this technique in mind next time you need a quick finishing technique!