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Thread: Can you use satin ribbon for binding a quilt?

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    I am making a baby quilt for a friend. This is my first ever quilt project and so far it is going really well.

    What I would like to know is when it comes to doing the binding – is there any reason why I can’t use satin ribbon as my binding material? All the online binding instructions say to cut your binding strips from your chosen fabric. I think satin ribbon would be lovely as the binding on a baby quilt, and the advantages I see are that when you buy it is already one long continuous length (no need for cutting and joining), and it is of consistent width (sometimes my cutting can not be so accurate).

    Would appreciate advice from experienced quilters, as I am puzzled why using ribbon for binding is not mentioned on any ‘how to’ websites? Is there a disadvantage that I am missing? Thanks

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    You can buy prepackaged binding (satin) at Joann's store to put on a baby quilt. I have purchased it in the past and I assume they still have it. And yes it would be nice on a baby quilt. Marge

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    Satin would be pretty but I think cotton is more durable and practical on a quilt that would be washed and used a lot. After cotton binding is finished, you have 4 thicknesses of material that add extra strength to the edges of a quilt. The edges of a quilt will generally fray faster than any other part of a quilt. For me, cotton would be easier to work with than satin. Just my opinion, not saying you couldn't go for elegance if you wanted to use satin. :wink:

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    (Remember that I have beginner status) I think satin would be lovely and baby would really enjoy touching it, too.

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    Personally, I have horrible luck with satin binding. That's why I have only done one like this.


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    PrettyKitty...don't forget we LOVE pictures!!! :thumbup: Welcome from Central Illinois too!!

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    Prettykitty, first off...Welcome to the board!!, second...I love your avatar...very funny pic., 3rd...most important...do whatever you want with your quilt! There are no "quilt police". That being said however, you should decide if the quilt will be a "use everyday" type of quilt of a "drape over something to show it off and use it occasionally" type of quilt. I am not so sure the satin would hold up well to constant washing, but-- its your quilt..have it anyway you'd like!

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    Prettykitty, first off...Welcome to the board!!, second...I love your avatar...very funny pic., 3rd...most important...do whatever you want with your quilt! There are no "quilt police". That being said however, you should decide if the quilt will be a "use everyday" type of quilt of a "drape over something to show it off and use it occasionally" type of quilt. I am not so sure the satin would hold up well to constant washing, but-- its your quilt..have it anyway you'd like!
    I agree. It is your quilt and you do it the way you want too, but for what my two cents might be worth I too would think about how this quilt will be used. After (still) :wink: raising 3 of my own I can tell ya the blankies with satin wore out and the cotton are still kicking around here. LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappinmad
    Prettykitty, first off...Welcome to the board!!, second...I love your avatar...very funny pic., 3rd...most important...do whatever you want with your quilt! There are no "quilt police". That being said however, you should decide if the quilt will be a "use everyday" type of quilt of a "drape over something to show it off and use it occasionally" type of quilt. I am not so sure the satin would hold up well to constant washing, but-- its your quilt..have it anyway you'd like!
    I agree. It is your quilt and you do it the way you want too, but for what my two cents might be worth I too would think about how this quilt will be used. After (still) :wink: raising 3 of my own I can tell ya the blankies with satin wore out and the cotton are still kicking around here. LOL
    Well, I think the general consensus seems to be that satin, although nice, would wear quicker. My question really was more to do with using ribbon, not really about the type of material it was made from. But going on the comments posted here, I have decided to not try and 'cheat', but to make my binding from cotton and join the strips as I have seen in all the 'how to' sites. If I do it as it is usually done, then I have a standard to work from in the future! Thanks to all for the useful advice! :D

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    I just made a baby quilt for a friend of my sister with satin ribbon. All I did was get a wide enough width that I could fold in half (I ironed it), with the finished edges you just sew around and voila, I've worked with the "satin binding" and it's way more money, Walmart $4+ for 4 3/4" yards = 14.25 feet vs the ribbon $2+ for 18 feet.

    My mother had a baby quilt with satin ribbon binding that lasted through two of her children. When she had the third baby she choose to put new binding on to be blue for her son. That blanket was my mom's favorite for size, travel ect. so the first binding met a lot of hard wear.

    Most people are not having lots of children and a baby blanket is used and then savored, wear doesn't become an issue.

    On the other hand I know someone who made a queen sized quilt about 10 years ago and used cotton bias binding and now it inspite of perfect care it needs to have a new binding put on it. The binding takes the most wear and tear of any part of the quilt.

    Personally I love a satin bound baby quilt, and all of the baby quilts I make for charity get a satin binding on them before they leave. If you're concerned about wear you could always use two layers of ribbon, it would cost more, but would last longer.

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    Here it is- ready for pink or blue binding once the baby is born http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8903.page

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    My friend Sherrie made a baby quilt for my grandaughter when she was born & she used satin ribbon for binding. The ribbon held up fine & it was one of my grandaughter's favorite blankets. She loved the binding!!!

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    I forgot to mention that my grandaughter just about wore out the quilt & used it for many years.

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    Thats a nice quilt, colors are very pretty :)
    I have used the satin binding once and didnt do to well but remember Im a new quilter and had NO idea what i was doing or how to miter the corners or anything. I will likely try it again. babies love the tag like feel!

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    Satin can be kinda slinky to sew. I guess it depends on the quality as to how long it will hold up. My youngest sister was like Linus in the Peanuts comics - even when her blankie eventually turned to lint, she carried around a bit of the satin binding.

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    Have you tried the flannel backed satin? It is waonderful and very easy to work with. I have purchased it at JoAnns and love it for baby quilts. The standard for all blankets has been satin for years. Quilts traditionally use cotton but babies love the feel of satin and this new one will last longer than the old unbacked type I am sure. This of course is sold by the yard and you simply cut you strips. You might give it a try.

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    I quilted everything on my cheap old singer for 28 years. wore out 3 foot pedals before I got a new machine. Now I have a Viking designer 1 and love the stitches and embroidery. Any machine will work, it just takes time to learn. Keep it up, and enjoy! Bernadette

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    I do blankies by folding two yards in half and then pin on the satin binding and slip it under the pressure foot and zip along. The children love the feel of the binding and the cotton gets softer in time. For family I actually quilt. I had a great nephew born yesterday and am waiting to see what the final decision is on the name to do a label. I will see if the teen still at home will help to post a picture. I love to see all the works of love everyone posts... Cindy

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    im gona start my first quilt and (probably not so wisely) will be using a satin ribbon. Its for my little boy so it doesnt matter if it isnt perfect lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostinnappies
    im gona start my first quilt and (probably not so wisely) will be using a satin ribbon. Its for my little boy so it doesnt matter if it isnt perfect lol.
    Hello! What a surprise to see my old post come back to life! Well I can tell you that I have done two baby quilts now with satin ribbon, but I used it as a border, not as a binding. It was a bit slippery to sew so you have to take your time but they came out really well. Look forward to seeing pics of yours!

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    I know this is an old thread, but I just had to add my two cents' worth in case others are stumbling across this discussion in their research for their own baby blankets. I have done several baby quilts with Minky plush fabric as backing, a very thin minimal shrink batting in between, and a cotton quilt top, and I do use prepackaged satin binding on the edges. Moms and babies love these special quilt/blankets. They are soft, warm, snuggly, and it's a great combination of textures. The quilting is very minimal, just enough to hold the layers together. I do baste around the edges with my walking foot, and then I serge the edges for a clean, durable finish, adjusting my dual feed if needed to avoid a wavy edge (since Minky does stretch in one direction). The satin binding goes on easily, just pin in place and sew along the edge with a triple zigzag and a walking foot, if you have one, to keep things feeding evenly. It's VERY durable and, worst case scenario, if the satin binding came loose my raw edges are protected by the overcast serger stitches underneath -- worn out satin binding could be easily replaced. So I hope that others considering satin binding for a baby quilt are not too discouraged to try it themselves!
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    My daughter has one of those critter blankets some of you may have seen where its a head & arms of a stuffed animal sewn in the center of the blanket and the fabric is a form of plush/minky top and the backing and binding are satin...its about 12" x 12" and that thing has been through a million washes, she sleeps with it and takes it everywhere and that satin is still in great shape, and all the seams are together nicely...I think satin would work, I have thought about doing it myself I just haven't gotten around to it yet Good luck!
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