How to add a trim to your Teddy blanket

This blog is written by Annabel Steele. Picture credits are also for Annabel Steele.

Gather your Materials

  • Free teddy blanket
  • Fabric inner and outer (see pattern for dimensions) Pom poms or other trim (4m for cradle size, 6m for crib size)
  • Sewing pins or clips
  • Sewing machine (or over locker)
  • Coordinating thread

Optional: wash away zip tape

Optional: zipper foot (if using a regular machine) – it’s not essential, but it helps you get less frustrated with the pom poms.

Prepare your trim

Ensure your trim is long enough to go all the way around the perimeter  (outside) of your fabric. Clip or pin in place (or use washaway zip tape 😉), on the right side of the outer of your blanket. The cording should run along the raw edges, with the pom poms facing in towards the middle, making sure to overlap the cording at the beginning and end by 0.5” (or 1cm).

Top tip

It will be easiest to sew if your start/finish is in the middle of one side, NOT a corner.

Attach the trim to the outer fabric

On the opposite side to the start/finish overlap, sew the pom poms to the right side of your outer fabric (as clipped) for a 10” stretch (anywhere along that side). This will become the turning circle. Use a standard straight stitch on a regular sewing machine.

Sandwich the trim between the inner and outer fabrics

With the outer fabric face up, and the pom poms clipped in place on the RIGHT SIDE, lay the lining fabric FACE DOWN, aligning all raw edges. Clip or pin in place.


Mark (my personal preference is double pins or clips) the start and end of your turning circle (where you sewed the pom poms to the outer), then sew all the way around the perimeter, starting at one set of double clips, and ending at the other. If you are using a sewing machine, back tack at the beginning and end. If you are using stretchy fabric, use an overlocker or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine.

Turn through and finish

Gently pull the blanket through the turning circle and press; follow the pattern for details on how to close the turning hole.

Finished Look

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