Tutorial ~ Tied Comforter With Faux Piping

by Destri on March 11, 2011

Handmade Tied Comforter
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I wish the pictures could illustrate how cozy soft and lofty this blanket turned out.  The lightweight blanket for the backing and one layer of batting give it the perfect weight for a comforter, and I used bias tape for an easy way to mimic piping, so easy.  I know I say that all the time, but I think I am always surprised at how quick these types of things come together!  I spent a week thinking it was going to take ages, but once I finally sat down to do it, I had the blanket cut and assembled while my kids were taking their naps, and finished off with the ties when they went to bed that night.  Can’t beat that!  Here is how to do it:

How To Make a Tied Comforter With Faux Piping

I am not going to supply measurements as I made this for an Ikea extendable bed, which is not standard.  But I will tell you I used two yards of fabric (72 x 45 inches) and it was a perfect size for a toddler bed or tv blanket, couch throw….

Supplies:

  • all your sewing stuff
  • pre-washed fabric
  • batting
  • pre-washed backing – I used this blanket from walmart (I only paid $9 for a full in store) and cut it in half which left enough for a second blanket for the bed too
  • 1/2 inch wide double-fold bias tape – I needed 3 packs (9 yards)
  • embroidery floss

Cutting:

I cut off the selvage on the two yards of fabric and that was it, if you are making your blanket bigger just prepare your fabric to the size you need.  I cut the backing from the blanket to be that exact size as the fabric piece, set aside.  Lay the batting down on a large flat surface (the floor) and layer the fabric right side up on top, smoothing it out.

Cut the batting around the perimeter of the fabric leaving 3-4 inches excess batting like shown.  Pin in all four corners with safety pins and then pin a few place in the middle to prevent the batting from shifting.

Now get out the bias tape.  I learned this little trick from my Martha Stewart sewing book, and it worked great.  I did this part on my dining room table so that the blanket was at a better working level.

With the fabric side up, pin the bias tape around the perimeter with the double edge lining up with the raw edge of the blanket, and the folded edge of the tape facing inward like shown.

I just folded the corners to make the turn, and really liked how that turned out.  Pin all around the corner to make sure it is secure.

Now lay the backing right on top, line up the edges, and pin around the perimeter.

Carefully take it to your sewing machine and sew all the layers together, around the perimeter right along the fabric edge, this will ensure you have the bias tape in the stitch.  Leave a 12 inch opening on one side so you can turn it out.  My machine had no problems with this, and I didn’t have to use a walking foot.

After you have it sewn up, and before you turn it right side out, cut off the excess batting right along the fabric edge.

Now carefully turn it right side out through the opening.

Now for the opening.  I folded the fabric edge over the batting to match up with the sewn edges, and then just folded the backing in to match as well, put the bias tape in place sandwiched between the two and pinned.  You could whipstitch it closed, but I decided just to use my machine…

and just sewed right along the edge like shown, making sure that I got the backing in the stitch.  Again my machine had no problem with this.  Now press sides and corners with a hot iron.

Lay your blanket on a flat surface (I still used my dining room table) and smooth out the top layer.  You should still have the safety pins in place,  just secure them with the backing too.  Now take your floss and make the ties.  Just pull the floss through the top and then back up, snip and tie a double knot.  I just did a random pattern because of the nature of the pattern on the fabric.

I started with just putting a tie in each of the flowers and then filled in the rest making sure there was a tie every 3-4 inches.  You can be as precise as you want!

You’re all done!

I love the way the bias tape looks!  It gives it just the right amount of detail.

Here it is folded up on the end of her bed.  I have a post coming up with the whole shebang and all the fabric names and such…

And here she is sleeping with it for the first time.  Note the baby, I love seeing how they end up when they fall asleep, and she always has her baby all covered up :).

So there it is!  I can’t wait to see her grow up with it.  I still have the tied blanket my mom made me when I was 9, it has followed me around the country and still resides on my bed.

I hope someone tries it and lets me know how it goes!  I would love to see pics!  I have a wrap-up post coming up with links to all the tutorials, stay tuned.

Oh, and happy Friday, I hope you have a hot date ;).

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

kim March 12, 2011 at 5:51 am

It is so pretty and looks so easy!

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Destri March 12, 2011 at 6:40 am

It really was, I was worried all the pics would make it look hard! So so easy. Send me some pics if you make one

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Meta March 12, 2011 at 6:18 am

Thanks for the faux piping idea! I had been contemplating buying a new foot for my sewing machine so I could make piping. This is an easier idea.

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Destri March 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

It was so much easier than I thought it would be. And I thought I would need a walking foot with all those layers, but my machine had no problem with it. Wish I could take credit for it, gotta love Martha :)

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Desi March 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

For a beginner at quilting, this tutorial is a dream come true…piping that actually looks easy.
Thanks so much for sharing this.
Desi

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vanessa @ silly eagle books March 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

The faux piping is very clever–I’ll have to remember that. Love that shot of your daughter and the baby sleeping. So sweet. :)

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joanne March 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Love the blanket but were do u get the backing not the batting. ?Ty

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Destri March 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

Sorry for the delayed reply Joanne! I bought a cotton blanket at walmart to use for the backing. If you interested there is a link in the post under supplies :) And for the record, I am totally a newbie too. Just faking it!

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joanne March 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Newbee to sewing lol

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Jess K. March 14, 2011 at 6:23 am

The comforter is GORGEOUS!!!

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Helene March 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I LOVE this blanket idea! I’m definitely going to make one!

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Michelle Balletti March 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I love the tie idea!! I think I’m going to do it with the quilt I’m doing right now…I’m quilting the sashing and the blocks but will tie in the middle of the square…will post a pic when I’m done….Thank you so much for the idea!

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Destri March 18, 2011 at 4:46 am

Oh please do! If you happen to make it by Monday I will be doing a roundup then!

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sharmila March 27, 2011 at 5:19 am

This is lovely can’t wait to make one for my daughter. I did made some blankets for her when she was weaning off from her baby blankets. I would love to make something like this for my son who is going to be 13. He likes to keep himself warm since he is up in the loft and it gets pretty cold.

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Lindsey V. March 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thank you so much for this idea! My husband had an old woven cotton blanket that we love to use, but it’s a total eye sore in my bedroom. This tutorial was perfect for recycling that blanket, plus a duvet that was missing pillow shams! My sewing wasn’t perfect, but I’m so happy with my “new” blanket and matching shams. I’ll send you a pic when I finish up that last few touches.

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Destri March 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Oh please do, I am getting ready to post a round up, and would love to include your pictures! Just email me at destri at themotherhuddle dot com.
Thanks for letting me know, makes my day every time :)

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Lu July 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hello dear!
Thanks for sharing, your work so dear!
May your week be a lot of light, peace and great joy!
1000 kisses from Brazil!
:)

Lu

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ching chi July 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

This is so cute to learn you have your mom’s blanket you keep. I made a small one for my nieces I need to learn how to upload photos to this site Then I can show you the picture

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Maria M. September 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

I made one of these comforters as part of my first child’s crib bedding. Twenty-four years later it was found among items I saved and is now being used by my grandson. Can’t wait to make him a special comforter for when he moves to his big bed.

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Destri September 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

There the best. My son sleeps with the one my mother made me, and it gets softer with every wash. So fun that you were able to find yours.

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Kalli September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I love the comforter, but can I also ask about the bed? Is that a normal length bed? It looks short and wide, can you tell me about it?

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Destri September 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Yes, I love the bed too :) It is an extendable bed from Ikea, and I picked it up for a super deal on Craigslist. It is as wide as a standard twin, but has mattress inserts to lengthen the bed as your child grows. The way it is in the picture it is a it’s shortest length, and it has two more inserts for length. Such a great space saver!

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Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute September 30, 2011 at 2:22 am

Hi Destri, I just read about this on Tip Junkie! I’m amazed at all the fabulous ideas in blogland. The faux piping is so smart and your blanket is so pretty. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us. I’m now a new subscriber.

Hugs…Tracy :)

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elya November 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

thank you for the idea….I am not sure what I should do to make a comforter..
now I am confident to sew to make a comforter…last week I tried but its looks ugly…..

wow, thanks so muccchhhh

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Destri January 30, 2012 at 6:20 am

You’re welcome!

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sally December 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

fantastic! I can’t believe how easy you made it!

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Marlene February 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Ok , so I’m slow. hehe … Just looking through some of your things here, I love this tied comforter! :) Bias tape makes me nervous , but you make it look simple. On my list of things to do for sure!

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Jackey July 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

What a generous person you are to share these wonderful tutorials. I just set up my machine!

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Destri July 30, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thanks Jackey, can’t wait to see what you make!

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