Friday, January 30, 2009

Minky blanket tutorial.

Here is the tutorial I promised! When I first started making blankets I really struggled with sewing "Minky" (which is a super-soft, fleecy material, sometimes seen written as "Minkee").
Why is Minky so difficult to deal with? Well, it is slippery stuff. It stretches and slides and is basically a pain in the neck if you don't tell it who's boss! I had a few cursed attempts in which much swearing and ripping of stitches occurred. For the record, ripping out stitches in Minky is not fun.

Anyway, Google and the Etsy forums helped answer my questions (as in, how do I sew this stuff without throwing my machine out the window?). I did find a lot of info. Yet first and foremost, NO you do NOT need a walking foot! Many swear by them for Minky blankets, but I am here to tell you it is not necessary.

What is necessary, however, are pins. And lots of them.

Here are the basics...pretty straightforward but I figured I'd cover all of the steps for any newbies to sewing!

1. Cut your material. I like to cut my cotton (print) fabric about 1" beyond what I want my finished dimensions to be. I use a rotary cutter and mat so this is simple to do. I'm less exact when cutting my Minky, just make sure it is slightly bigger than your cotton print.
2. Lay the Minky down (I usually use the carpeted floor, it is less slippery than a table), right side up. 3. Place your cotton print so the right side is face down on top of the Minky. Line up your edges and make sure the pieces are similar in size. It is OK if the Minky is larger than the cotton print, because you will use the cotton as your sewing guide.
4. And now dear friends, let the pinning begin! I start on one side, first pinning each end and the middle. Then I place a pin in the middle of each section and I keep adding pins until they are 1 to 1.5" apart. Seriously, you need that many pins. Don't worry, it won't take as long as you think!


5. Once you finish that side, continue pinning the other three sides until the entire blanket is pinned, like so:
6. Time to start sewing. Because you have placed so many pins this will actually be pretty easy! Make sure to use a nice cotton or all-purpose thread, have your stitch length set to a medium length, and tension should also be at a medium level. Nothing fancy required. Just patience and a slow foot on the pedal. I like to start sewing between 1/2 and 2/3 of the way down on the first side - this will allow for an easy spot to leave open so the blanket can be turned inside out after it's sewn. I have tried to show in this next photo about where that would be:
7. As I said, GO SLOW. Having to stop to take out each pin will assist you in this! Try not to sew on top of your pins (easier said than done, I know) so your needle doesn't break. I like to do a 1/4" seam allowance, using the edge of my cotton print as my guide. Sew all the way around, stopping before you reach your beginning point - otherwise you won't be able to turn it! I leave about a 5" opening.8. Trim any edges of Minky to eliminate bulk from the finished blanket. I find it works well to pull it out of the way as I trim. Make sure your scissors are sharp!9. Now, turn the blanket right-side out. Here you can see the opening in the side.
10. Next, get your iron nice and hot. Fold in the edges of the opening and press in place. Then pin the opening shut so it doesn't slide! Continue pressing the entire blanket, making sure to give the edges a nice crease.


11. Finishing touches - you are almost there and the hard part is most definitely over! Topstitch around the entire perimeter of the blanket. I try to keep my seam allowance at 1/4", though often it is a little less when I am stitching the opening - I want to make sure I'm catching the folded-in edges of the cotton and the Minky. But it doesn't have to be totally perfect - what baby cares about his or her topstitching? Keeping it straight is most important here. Remember that you are stitching through pretty thick stuff, so a little (gentle!) pulling on the material as it goes under the presser foot may be in order. If you had a walking foot, you wouldn't need to do this.
12. Congrats, you're done! No swearing or throwing of the machine out the window was necessary. Mission accomplished! BTW, I would love it if you follow this tutorial...please let me know and send me a picture of your finished blanket!
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Update 3.17.09 - Here is a shameless plug...I just opened a new fabric store on Etsy this week...so if you're in the market for some cool fabrics to try out, you can check me out at iCraft! (Including the orange dot print pictured above). Thanks, and enjoy!

153 comments:

Robyn said...

Looks awesome...if only I could sew...or even better, if only I had a machine that wokred to try sewing on. LOL!

You do make it seem doable!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for providing this tutorial with excellent supporting photos. I am new to sewing but love crafts and am a quick learner. I can't wait to try this out! I'll come back and let you know if I came across any newbie problems. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

I am planning to sew a blanket with both the minky cloth. Do I have to pre-wash it??

Even if I use one side cotton, do I have to pre-wash both the cotton one the minky?? Please clarify.

thanks, sony

Jenny said...

I would suggest pre-washing both the cotton and the minky. This will get rid of any fabric sizing used with either material, it will allow the cotton to shrink up a bit (a little shrinkage is normal for cottons; minky is unlikely to shrink). And, who knows how many hands have touched that bolt of minky as it sat waiting to be sold - so pre-washing will get rid of those germs too!

Mee a Bee said...

Thanks so much for this simple tutorial. I bought the minky on Friday - my friend said I should overlock it before I washed it - I didn't so I hope my machine is not all clogged up with minky fur! I'll be giving this a go very soon! Thanks!

Alison said...

Hi, I was wondering how the blanket stays together. I know that sounds so ignorant. But I am thinking it out and since it is sewn like a pillow case with no stitching in the middle, what prevents the two fabrics from separating if pulled from one side. Do you understand what I mean by that? I talked to a worker at JoAnn's who suggested making stitches throughout to keep it together but that wouldn't look so great. Any ideas? Much appreciated tutorial though. I am making my sister in law a great modern looking baby blanket like this one.

Jenny said...

Alison, I suppose other than the top-stitching around the perimeter, there is nothing to keep the 2 fabrics from "separating" if they were pulled in the middle. However I have never had a problem with that, and I think the cotton lays nicely against the slick side of the minky (on the inside of the blanket, so wrong sides together). You definitely could add extra lines of stitching/quilting, or even yarn ties if that's your thing. Good luck!

Alison said...

Thanks. I am going to see how it turns out (it's mostly decorative for the nursery anyway) and if I need to, I think I'll do some yarn or ribbon ties that accent my flannel cotton print. Thanks so much and I will send a pic when I finish!

Perfectly Me said...

Love this tutorial! I will be making a lot of these blankets soon. I have a bun in the oven, but I don't know the gender, so I'll have to keep the fabrics neutral for now!

Alison said...

My blanket turned out soooo well! Thanks for the tutorial! The pinning took forever and was a bit frustrating with the migrating minky but it was a breeze to sew (even for me as a beginner). I didn't top stitch the edges because I was lazy and didn't have a walking foot. I tested it with a small pc. and my machine was having trouble with all the layers. It looks great without it though. Thanks so much....and I am sure my sister in law is going to be uber impressed with it!

Mee a Bee said...

Mine turned out great too! thanks!

Lorraine said...

thank you for sharing your expertise. I was thinking about using a satin binding. Any opinion about that? Also, I ironed my seams and it flattened out the dots. Did I ruin it or will they pop back out?
Lorraine

Jenny said...

Lorraine, I think the minky dots will be fine after they get washed again and "pop" back out. As for the satin binding, go for it! I would still use lots of pins because I imagine the satin would slip like crazy against the minky. Good luck!

Jane Ellen said...

could you put some cotton batting in the middle to make it a little heavier?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was so helpful! Before I read your tutorial, I almost had a nervous breakdown trying to sew it together.

Anonymous said...

Thank You for this tutorial. I have some blankets to make and was stressing on just how to do them, batting or no batting, how is it held together, how do i add binding, all those questions were answered. Now i need to go buy pins. bitspeaces of etsy come check out my rag quilts.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I found this immensely helpful and I LOVE how my minky blanket turned out.

Mia said...

Have my hot pink Minky and some cute cupcake cotton..can't wait to get started! Thank you!

CFMama said...

I am planning on using minky dots or swirl on one side and cotton satin on the other side. Any advise? I know slipping may be a problem.

Jenny said...

Yes, slipping might be a problem, but I would think using LOTS of pins will help! Good luck!

Erin said...

I have seen these blankets around and been dying to know how to make one. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this - now off to the fabric store I go.

Anonymous said...

I have a really dumb question. If I was to use double-sided minky to make a one-layer blanket, what is the best way to "finish" the edge?

Jenny said...

I think a nice option would be to use satin binding, because hemming minky would be a nightmare! Plus the satin would give a smooth, simple finish that any baby would love...good luck!

Angie said...

Oh I am so thankful for your tutorial! I have been attempting all day to sew minky to a cotton patchwork quilt with no luck. I will be picking out stitches all night, but it will be so worth it when I re-sew it using your tutorial!

Thanks!!!

Thurston Fam said...

ohhhh wowza!! thank you thank you for the wonderful how to!! you saved me..making 2 blankets for my husband and baby boys birthday! i used cubs fleece on one side and red minkie on the other..it turned out great, and was my first sewing expirience! thanks again!
las vegas

Anonymous said...

Thanks! great tutorial. I'm going to start on it this afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Your tutorial is great thanks! I was wondering where you got the adorable tags on your blanket that say "Beacon Hill"? Thanks again!!

Jenny said...

The tags are from mommiemadeit.etsy.com - great quality and value! I usually buy the uncut sheets of the double-fold tags.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I've been making these quite often, but often times when I topstitch over the opening I used to flip it right side out--I get a tiny crease? Any hints for getting this area to become undetectable and completely smooth?

Thanks!!!

Jessima Timberlake said...

Hi there very good tutorial well done I used all the pins I own and it came out really well! Brava!

Carrie Rheu said...

This is a fantastic tutorial...thank you...

Any suggestions for sewing with minky AND satin binding...always seems as though the top binding goes faster than the bottom binding...and I pin (ALOT)... thanks and have a great night, God bless! ~carrie rheu

karenqltr said...

Thanks for a very straightforward tutorial! I made rail fence yardage for my cotton side and I'm ready to go. I've never sewed with Minkee before, so I didn't even know to prewash. Glad I looked this up.

Andrea said...

Thank you as I have been stuggling to cope with the minky. I am trying to use satin trim and have been really struggling. Someone said that tacking is better than pinning but after seeing this tutorial I will give pinning a go. When using satin trim how do you make sure you pick up both the top and underneath of the satin

Jenny said...

Sorry I don't have experience with satin binding. I'm guessing that lots of pins would be a good starting point...are there other good tutorials out there for blankets with satin binding?

anne said...

Thank you for sharing these tips! I usually skimp on pins, but I pinned like mad, and sewing the blanket was a breeze. Thanks! It's gonna be a great Christmas gift for my new nephew!

Randi said...

I have tried to make blankets before and the stitches came undone immediately. Following these instructions I finally made the baby blanket I wanted to for my daughter. I tried 9 months pregnant with no success and she is now 8 months old and has the warm minkie blanket for the winter. Thank you so much. I'm a newbie but I am addicted now! I even made my older daughter a minkie pillow case! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! My 2 year old is addicted to this minky /satin blanket that I 've used on her since she was a newborn and I was trying to recreate multiples of it because it's always dirty! I found the material but was nervous to start sewing until I read your tutorial. Thank you again!

Rowanmayfairs said...

Yep Lots of pins, patience and be sure to leave a SIDE open..

I tried leaving a corner open and thats harder to finish up and make look nice.

Since I started leaving a side open, no issues !

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

OOOOHHHH!!! this is SO cute!! and it does look easy! After I finish my baby blanket I have already boughten fabric for...which does involve minky btw so this was really helpful...I may have to try one of these! Thanks so much!

SweetSamantha said...
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SweetSamantha said...

Just finished my first blanket BEFORE looking up any tutorials....MISTAKE!! Now that I botched it up(not too bad....I mean it's still a blanket...just not give-away or selling material), I decided to look for help. Then I found this tutorial, and THANK YOU!! You answered my questions and made me begin to sing "Eye of the Tiger" as I prepare to jump back in and try sewing another one! With your help, I smell victory this time! Thanks again!!

**First post removed for numerous grammatical/spelling errors. One day I'll read over before I post....sigh....

The Painting Mommy of 3 Wild Boys! said...

I love this blanket!!! You make it look so easy! I will be making two soon for friends of mine! Can't wait to try out your directions!!! Thanks again! Cheyenne Morris!

Adriana said...

I love your tutorial. I sew baby quilts and have always made my backing larger and folded it over for my edging. So when I started making this type of blanket I never thought to change the way I do it. I have had people try to explain your way to be but with out pictures it never made sence. This has taken about 15 mins off my work time!

Razzl Dazzl Boutique, Kaufman, Texas said...

I own a boutique and make minky blankets with minky on both sides and minky on one side and satin on the other. I use Heat and Bond sewable hem binding. You place it between the layers, heat and sew...simple and quick..no pins.

Andrea said...

You just made my day! Finally a tutorial that I can do! You made this sound so easy too..I've been trying and trying to sew that stuff and was just about ready to throw my machine out the window. haha!
Thank you!!!

The Ballards said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I found the perfect fabric online, but I'm not sure how much to buy. It's 44" wide. How many yards do you suggest?

rstamplover said...

I am just taking up sewing and found your tutorial easy to follow and my first minky blanket turned out very well. Thank you very much. Your directions and pictures were great. Hopefully my nephew who is due this summer will enjoy it. I have some leftover cotton so I think I'll make some matching burp cloths to give with it.

Rebecca Grace said...

This tutorial is fabulous!! I need to make a quick but special baby gift for a favorite teacher who is about to go out on maternity leave, and I'm guilty of dreaming up projects that are so complicated and difficult that I can never get them done... So I was excited to see what an adorable blanket you were able to make using just two layers of fabric and no batting. I'm off to the fabric store to get me some Hungry Caterpillar cotton fabric and some Minky for the backing!

But first, I have some suggestions for some of the other commenters:

If you want to secure the two fabrics better throughout the body of the quilt, you could tie it with yarn, but it will be harder to get the big hand needle with yarn through the quilt because of the Minky (been there, done that, yelled a lot of bad words and stabbed myself many times before I was finished). I think a better option for your sanity would be to machine-tack together every 4-6" or so. If your machine has any decorative stitches, they would look really cute for tacking the layers together, especially if you used a pretty embroidery thread on top and a bobbin thread to match the Minky backing color. I'm thinking of a small satin stitched polka dot or triangle, or maybe a little heart, or whatever your machine has built in.

Then, for the person who asked about sewing on satin binding:
I would say you are asking for trouble if you try to sew the binding to the top and back of the quilt in one pass because of the shifty squirrelly nature of the Minky. If it was me (and keep in mind, I usually do things the hard way!) I would cut my binding 4x the desired finished width PLUS about extra to allow for the thickness of the quilt and to make the binding just slightly wider on the back side of the quilt. I lay the binding right sides together in a single layer with the raw edges even with the raw edges of the top of the quilt and machine stitch from the edge the same distance as the desired finished width. Then I wrap the binding around to the back, so the first stitches are hidden, and fold the other raw edge in on the back side of the quilt and pin everything like crazy. If you have cut your strips the right width, your binding should be about 1/16th to 1/8" wider on the back of the quilt than it is on the front. So next, you stitch in the ditch at the edge of the binding on the top of the quilt, your stitches are invisible on the top of the quilt, and they should secure the binding on the back of the quilt at the same time.

If this sounds like way too much trouble (and it probably is!) and you would rather use the packaged satin blanket bindings and sew it on in one pass, then I suggest you pin it on very carefully, using more pins than you think you need and making sure the top and bottom layers of the binding are even. Then sew the binding on in one pass using a zigzag stitch instead of a straight stitch -- that should give you a little bit of breathing room in case you get a wee bit of slippage.

My new motto: SIMPLIFY & GET IT DONE!!

Thanks again for posting this terrific project and bringing me back to my senses...

jessica said...

the minky doesn't melt under the iron? i just bought 2+ yards yesterday for the first time, and plan on using every scrap of it up for baby gifts. i was just concerned about melting the fuzzy fabric with my iron. i've had trouble with glittery fabrics in the past, and just wanted to double check before i ruin my $13/yard fabric! thanks!

Jenny said...

Ironing the minky should be fine...I just do it for a quick press only! I've never had issues with it melting!

jessia said...

so i tried out a scrap of the minky under the iron, and it pressed the dots flat! you can still see a hint of circles on the fabric, but no more bumps! i actually kind of like it that way for a bib or something like that that doesn't need a lot of volume. what i thought was a big mistake turned out kinda cute!

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if someone could tell me how to pre-wash the Minky? Cold water? Warm water? drying setting etc. Thanks

Jenny said...

Cold water should be fine! And you can dry it on a regular heat setting. Some folks say the raised dots tend to flatten out in the dryer, but mine have never had a problem. The only time I had an issue was washing a type of minky that had a "furry" texture in a rosebud/swirl pattern...after the dryer the swirls were gone!

Anonymous said...

Just made this Minky and it turned out AWESOME!! And it is really big! Almost 1 1/2 yards. My 3 year old has not put it down! She wrapped herself up and said "Rock me Mommy"! Haha! She hasn't done that....EVER! I'm making one for my 20 month old next! THANK YOU!!

sleepybearcottage said...

thanks so much for this tutorial! I just finished my first minky blanket, and didn't have any issues, it turned out fabulous!

Marianne said...

I just finished two of these for friends, and plan to make another (for the little girl we're adopting)! Thank you so much for the tutorial!! They are super cute. When I post pics on my blog I'll be sure to link to your blog.

Lexy said...

This is just what I was looking for. I'm a novice sewer, but I know my way around a sewing machine. I want to attempt some bedding for my daughters "big girl" room, so I think this will be a great starting point. Thank you! I will come back with the results :)

Kristen said...

Just a quick question...do you need to pre-wash your cotton and minky material to prevent shrinking? If so, do you need to do a quick hem before? Thanks!! Kristen

blythe said...

Thank you for this wonderful explanation! I have books on "how to" do these and they were so confusing! I just googled it and found you...so very thankful!!

This may be a silly question but the opening that you have where you turn the blanket inside out - do you press that and leave it open and then just sew around the entire edge or do you do something to sew that are closed first? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your tutorial, i made my first one last night and it turned out great for my first attempt and am so excited to start my next one. Thanks for taking the time to post this tutorial. I however did use a walking foot (my first time) and it was a dream.

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

Great tutorial. I have three yards of minky fabric ready for the trash because I have had so much difficulty working with it. I thought it was just me. I will try again now. :-) I

The Dowd Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I have worked with minky twice so far and each time I was ready to toss out my sewing machine! I'll give it one more try, with your help, of course!! Thank you again! You are a life (and a sewing machine) saver!

Anonymous said...

I DID IT!!!! :D Your tutorial was exploding with perfect help on working with minky. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME using it and my final project came out beautifully, because I followed your advice. I can't thank you enough!!!!
p.s. I have only been sewing for a couple of years and I mainly make baby blankets so if I can do it anyone can!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant Tutorial. I have never sewn Minky fabric before and after reading this I didn't have one single problem I did it on the first try and my blanket looks fantastic! Thankyou!

Anonymous said...

I wish I'd seen this tutorial BEFORE I made my first minky blanket! LOL! I backed it with satin! BIG mistake! I edged it with satin ruffles, second mistake. I nearly threw the whole thing out the window.

It did turn out well, but it was a lot of work. Never again. Next time I'll back it with flannelette! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll follow it next time, LOL!

Olivia said...

Thank you. I just sewed my daughter a blanket for the first time. It's not bad but I want something better. Now I can't wait to run to the store and get more stuff to make it this way. It's simple and really easy to fallow. Thank you for taking the time and posting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! I am making these for Christmas gifts and just completed my first one tonight. It only took an hour in total to make a small baby blanket (30" x 40"). Just a note, if you use swirl minky fabric instead of minky dot fabric, make sure not to let the iron touch the minky part when ironing the edge! It will melt the minky swirl!

SarahJarnagin said...

Thank you for sharing this great tutorial! I bought supplies to sew one for my daughter and thought I'd better read a tutorial first. So glad I found yours!

Anonymous said...

Thank you So much for your tutorial! I was ready to quit sewing and throw my machine away. That Minky fabric is tricky. I just made a beautiful blanket for my baby boy due next month! Esther

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the awesome tutorial. I am just about to embark on this project!
Would like to ask if a stretch needle is needed to sew minky fabric, and also what size needle should I use?
Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I sewed my first blanket in two days. I LOVE it! I cut squares out of different minky patterns (Christmas patterns) and sewed them together to make a quilted look on top. The back is going to be a solid minky fabric but I am qoing to add batting and quilt it together and bind the edges. I learned very quick that pins were needed and I pined A LOT!

Jenny said...

No specific needle required...I typically use one labeled for "all purpose" use.

Anonymous said...

I made a doll minky blanket Jenny!! Used a size 11 golden needle, but I suppose a general all purpose needle would do the job much like you say :)

Your tutorial is awesome, it was a breeze making the blankie following your detailed step by step instructions!

Thanks so much!!!

Jennifer said...

Hello!
I cannot sew, to save my life. Just this evening, my son lost his carters minky / satin blanket with the bear on it and the word "baby" on it. Nate is 2. he KNOWS his blanket....
I am desperate.... do you kow anyone who CAN make me a new blanket in that super lightweight fashion with the satin on one side and that minky fabric on the other?
I am dreading tomorrow, and feel like a horrible horrible mom....
my email is jenn @ gavoli dot com if anyone could email me, that would be fabulous!

Kim said...

where do you get your labels from?

Grammy said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I was beginning to think the minky was going to win this battle! Will try the great hints--thanks again!!

love vacation said...

thank you for a great tutorial. Any tips when using minky rose and minky dimple together? Would a serger help?

Marcy Hood said...

Thanks for the guide. I am going to try mine tomorrow! I am going 2 minky fabrics together.. and then doing the edges with a handy manny ribbon for my son. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH! this seems like such a simple idea ..but i would have never thought of it!
i'm making a baby blanket for my new nephew and i don't want the edges to look ratty, which they were (stinking minky!) and then i found this. it took me like 30 mins to do the whole thing this way.

so THAANNKK YOUUUU!!

katie said...

I just started sewing & know very little about it, but I was able to make my first minky blanket, thanks to you! this tutorial was so great - thanks SO much for posting! could not have done it without you!
here's my baby blanket:
http://youplusmeforalways.blogspot.com/2011/01/baby-blanket.html

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

I learned this same thing the hard way, too!! Your tutorial is excellent--I hopped over from Hawthorne Threads to see what you had to say about sewing with Minky. Thanks for sharing!!

Pam Hunter said...

Wow! Thank you so much for going through the effort to provide this tutorial. Very kind and much appreciated!

Pam Hunter

Haylee said...

Totally making this. Thank you so much for making the tutorial!

maxtruax said...

MY GRANDDAUGHTER WANTED A CAPE TO WEAR IN THE EVENING FOR HER WEDDING. HER MOM SENT ME SOME WHITE MINKY AND A SATIN FOR LINING.
WHEN I TRIED A PRACTICE PIECE I WAS SURE SHE BETTER GET REAL FUR!!! i TRIED SEVERAL THINGS, ONE OF WHICH WAS LOTS OF PINS. THEN I TRIED STAY STITCHING AROUND THE MINKEE AND VOILA!! IT WORKED. I HAD NO STRETCHING OR SEWING PROBLEMS. I USED A LONG STITCH, MAYBE A BASTING STITCH, I DON'T REMEMBER. NOW I SEW MINKY WITH NO FEAR!!! MTinMN

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the instructions. I LOVE Minkee and it seems my office associates just can't stop making babies. I have had a lot of comments about my minkee blankets from parents. One little girl still drags hers around after 4 years! I have struggled in the past with it I just did not use enough pins. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

this is exactly what I needed, thanks and let's do it!!! I'm ready to get started now!

Ashley White Design said...

I'm so excited to make this blanket! Our friends will be having a new baby soon, and I just learned how to sew... so this will be my new project. I will definitely post about it on my blog!

Aaron said...

I did this tutorial with success! Now going back and doing it again I notice When I am putting in the pins my fabrics go all over the place and I have to undo then redo, then undo, then redo...any advice on how to get the fabrics perfect??

Jennifer said...

That last comment was from me but under my husbands email (Aaron) Sorry...Reply here please!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I plan on sewing the minky to another piece of minky to make a blanket. Do you think it will be ok not to put any extra stitches in the quilt to hold it in its place?

alicia said...

Thanks for the tutorial, attempting a minky for a baby shower coming up. I'm horrible with pinning so I guess I'll have to fight my urge to just skip it. :)

Kelly said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Hillary said...

Great tutorial! I just made the first of two "travel" blankets for my daughters for our trip to Spain in a couple weeks. I am still just getting my feet wet in the realm of sewing. This tutorial made making a soft cuddly blanket into a relatively painless process. Thanks!

couponfreak said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. Looks Awesome. I just entered in to the world of arts and crafts (Sewing).

I am going to try this over the weekend. My DD is going to be 1 soon.
Can you suggest me how many yards of fabric, Minky would be needed to do a nice sized blanket for her?

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I came across this tutorial by chance while googling 'how to sew minky fabric'. I'm starting up a little home business making baby blankets and hand painted nursery decor. I started making hand-tied fleece blankets, but the selection in fleece prints can be limited so I was yearning for more variety. I haven't sewn on a machine since 8th grade home ec. class (I'm almost 39!), so I don't know what gave me the confidence to try sewing blankets... I just can't stay away from all of the gorgeous fabric. Being in a fabric store for me is like my 5yr old being in a toy store!
I prewashed both fabrics and I ironed the cotton fabric prior to pinning (just because) and was surprised at how much it *expanded*. So now I don't have the nice border of minky showing before I start sewing. I think I'll do a 1/2 inch edge to compensate. I'm using a swirly minky (also called rose or curly minky) and I've decided, as beautiful and lush as it looks - I HATE it! For working with, I mean. Thank you for all of your wonderful tips because I might be giving up otherwise.
I've also discovered, as a novice sewer, that I am not at all good at sewing on fabric labels (with my company name). Prior to my 10 or so attempts (adjusting my zigzag stitch, speed, width, label still looking crooked despite much pinning), I noticed you use a tag sewn into your edge for your company label. I wondered why at the time, thinking that some mommy might just cut it off and then there goes my advertising and bragging rights. Well, now I understand!!! My next order will be for the half fold tags that I can sew into the edge!!
Thanks again for a great tutorial. Your pics are great!

Terri said...

Thank your for this tutorial! I have a small craft business designing & sewing baby quilts. A client of mine REALLY wanted minky but I was scared to death of using the stuff. Your advice proved true-- the more I pinned the easier the sewing was. Thanks again! :)

Aleisha said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! It stopped me being lazy and kept me going to finish off my blanket with the proper stitching for a more professional look.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much! i'm 15 and just finished sewing this blanket for my sister, who is 9 months pregnant with a baby girl!! it turned out AWESOME and so, so cute :)

Lavenderfeather said...

THANK YOU. thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou........

I realize this post is 2 1/2 years old, and you may not get this comment, but thank you anyway. There was a cloud of obscenities coming from my room as I was trying to deal with this stuff!!

Your tutorial helped immensely, and of course I had a 'duh' moment, and smacked myself on the forehead. "Of course that's how you do it!!

I will shout it from the rooftops, and let the whole world know, (all 3 of my followers, anyway) about this.

And thank you.
Heather

hgvhubui said...

thanks u should make this an video and put this on youtube! you would get alot of veiws

~Amy said...

Perfect! This is very helpful! Will definitely link you up when I get baby #3's quilt done. I want to back it with minky and was wondering how on earth to do it. Thanks!

fromaliciawithlove said...

I found your tutorial through Pinterest and it was SO HELPFUL! Basic and very well explained. Thank you so much - my blanket turned out great!

~Amy said...

Thanks! Finished my quilt top this way tonight :)

Mer said...

thanks so much for writing this tutorial 2.5 years ago!!! i just used your tips to sew a minky/cotton bumper for my son's nursery and it really wasn't that bad because i pinned the heck out of it! It looks totally adorable and i looove the soft minky. thank you again, I really appreciate it!

Sian said...

Hello, Im new to this new to sewing never done it a day in my life!... i came across this and it answered a lot of questions and did't use a bunch of words i have no clue about, since im new like others had. The photos were great and went right along with everything. I do though have some wuestions and wondered if you could email me sleinbach@hotmail.com Thanks!

Reelstampfreek said...

God bless you, Alison. I am new to sewing but am absolutely LOVING it. I have found that as in my life in general, I have champagne taste on a beer budget when it comes to fabrics. So I have learned to become patient and save and wait for great sales, and now that I have some spendier fabrics, I want to make sure to care for them as best as I can as to give a gift that will be treasured and hopefully kept and handed down to siblings or even generations. So, all that to say, that this wonderful tutorial with such great detail will help in my endeavors. I will take pix of my finished project and come back and post the results. Many thanks, again, for taking the time and effort to post this ever so valuable tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I went to iCraft at Etsy to see your fabrics but didn't see any. Was I looking at the wrong store? Your 2009 link didn't work so I searched for iCraft. There were no fabrics in the store.

KK said...

Your brilliant! Found your tutorial after unpicking 2 sides of my minky blanket, who would have though a million pins would make it so easy!

A. Wright said...

Thank you so much for this. I made a blanket today based on your instruction and it turned out great. I'm pretty proud of myself, but I wouldn't have survived the minky without you!

Patricia said...

This is so helpful, can't wait to try it. Will be making blankets for my Granddaughter, she is 6 months pregnant. Hope this great tutorial will allow me to make a professional looking blanket, I need all the help I can find!
Thanks so much for all the thoughtful work you have put into this.
Patti M

Anonymous said...

Best tutorial I found on how to sew a baby blanket. I sewed my first Minky blanket this evening and I think it turned out great. My only complaint, not really a complaint. The blanket to me feels to thin for my liking. I think tomorrow I will buy some batting or maybe double my cotton fabring on one side to bulk it up a bit so it feels more like a blanket. Either way, this was great and very easy to understand!

Debra said...

Hi, I had both my knees replaced a couple of years ago, so putting it down on the carpet is out for me. I have had luck using freezer paper on other projects, but I have never used Minky before. Do you think ironing freezer paper on the slick side would hold it together enough for me to sandwich and pin it on my dining room table? I have a new grandtr. coming in May. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have a softball coach who is going to give birth to a baby boy around May/June. I loved this blanket idea and so I chose to make her a baby blanket from this guide. Thank you for this neat idea.

Anonymous said...

Minky is great, but it can fuzz a bunch when you cut it. Recently I pulled out the vacuum right after cutting it & ran it down the cut edges for a quick clean-up. Avoided my normal BIG mess from the fuzz that goes everywhere!
Luv your spotted Cotton with the bumpy minky!

Jeanne said...

*Meanwhile, 3 years later...*
Here I am, brand new to sewing, having just acquired a sewing machine last week, and I have just successfully completed my very first project ever!

Thank you, Jenny, for generously sharing your "Minky Blanket Tutorial". My soon-to-be born grandson (late April) will be snug as a bug in a cloudy soft blanket crafted by his ever loving grandmom. You led me through step by step, lending the confidence and ease that I had previously lacked. Thank you!

Jenn A. said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. My daughter has a minky blanket she loves and I want to make one for my best friends new baby. BUT I was scared off because of minky horror stories.

Now, I'm off to find a million straight pins and get started!

raggedy amy's said...

Hi - Love the Tutorial. I, like a few others have difficulty in making a nice smooth top stitch. any suggetions???

Regarding the satin binding? I use a basting stitch to one layer and then pin both layers together. Sewing the binding stitch close to the raw edge is easy and you never see it after you turn the blanket inside out. Sew the satin to the right side of one of your two layers.

raggedy amy's

Anonymous said...

The directions were wonderful! I may consider a .5 inch seam allowance next time as I had to pull the closure out once. Otherwise, I love it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! My husband bought me a sewing machine and it's been 10 years since I have sewn. The directions were great and easy to follow! Though my blanket isn't perfect I LOVE it :o) Thank you!

addypotter said...

Great tutorial! Love your blog! I caught the crafting bug this week and have been making a ton of these adorable towel bibs! Next I will have try making these cute baby minky blankets. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Anonymous said...

Looks professional. Good Job!
Question, how do you make the brand tag? you print it yourself? and on what type of fabric?

Thanks

Jenny said...

I occasionally get asked "where did you get your tags?" - no, I did not make them myself (I have tried and failed too many times!). I purchased mine on Etsy. I honestly don't remember which shop, though I assume there are still shops out there that will make custom tags. I just sent them a jpg of my logo and they were able to do the rest!

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nennajt said...

i have never used this fabric and i was wondering could i use it to make a no sew tie blanket?

Jenny said...

I don't see why you couldn't use it as a tie blanket...just remember that minky would work best as a tie blanket if both sides are minky. If one side is cotton it will not have as much stretch as the minky side.

Stacie4945 said...

Thanks for post! I just finished making a blanket for my babies bedding. Your instructions were wonderful and made it super easy!

Jenn said...

Thank you for this tutorial. Your instructions helped me complete a fun project for my son. I've posted pictures and linked to your tutorial on my blog as well.

Thanks again.
Jenn
www.mommakesitbest.com

Kate Rapacz said...

Your directions were so handy! I just started sewing and so im not very good yet but it was so easy and simple following your direction and my blanket turned out great!

miniren said...

Hi, I have never made a blanket with minky before, I usually use Chenille, with my chenille blankets I hand sew he opening shut so that you can't see any of my stitching. Do you know if that is something I could do with the minky or is the top stitching a pretty important step? Thank you so much for the great tutorial!!

Jenny said...

I like the top-stitching, if only to prevent the edge from rolling. But, you could certainly hand-stitch it shut and skip the top-stitch if you liked the look!

Anonymous said...

Your tutorial is fantastic- especially for a beginner like me. My blanket would of been a disaster without it! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain each step and support with detailed photos.

I'm Leah said...

This was an excellent tutorial. I did it today and it worked perfectly. Thank you!

Ruthie said...

Just want to say thank you! I made two blankets today following this tutorial - it was very easy. I made a small stroller/bassinet sized blanket and a much larger one for the cot when my son will be bigger.

Doesn't seem like there will be any issues with the larger one as far as material coming apart.

Lots of pins is definitely the key to working with minky!

Amstaff Mom said...

I've made a couple of minky blankets in the past, but I like your method better! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I'm new to sewing and love the minky like fabrics. I messed my first one up terribly, but with your photos and tips I'm confident my second time around will be a success. Thank you again! Very Helpful!

Anonymous said...

What needle did you use?

Emily Chilton said...

What size did you cut your squares? Also would love a tutorial on how to do your corners? If you have a walking foot would you recommend using it? I've tried three projects now using minky fabric and each time I swear it is the last one!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this post! Yesterday I tried to make a minky blanket for the first time and ended up crying (such a girl thing to cry over a blanket). I ripped all the seams and tried again, cried again:/ So...I am so glad I am not the only one who found this difficult and am so thankful for this tutorial...I can see what I did wrong! Thanks, hopefully no more tears!:)

nekoangel2 said...

I have to thank you SO much for posting this! It's crazy you posted this in 2009 and it's so popular now!

I'm not very good with my tutorial but I usually feature a blogger that I get information from when I do my own tutorials. So that way they can get a better picture with a way I can't explain.

http://pinneditdonezit.blogspot.com/
This is what mine turned out to look like.

Thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

I have made tons of no sew minky blankets. I just made a red and white one. I washed it and the red faded onto the white. This has NEVER happened before. Any suggestions on how to fix it???

Anonymous said...

yes pin, thanks have made 2 after a failed attempt
brilliant
Therese

Elena said...

Great tutorial!! I've been making these blankets for ages and have always struggled with the minky slipping around...I never thought to just cut it a little bigger than the cotton! Major lightbulb moment! Thanks!

Veronica Selz said...

Awesome blanket thanks for makingit look simpler than I scared myself into thinking it was :)

Anonymous said...

Am using a pink minky on a nap mat I am making for my grandbaby for day care. for the blanket portion do I need to line the minky or would it be ok to just have the one layer for the blanket attached to the nap mat? Thanks for the tutorial since I have never used Minky before.

Blythe said...

My daughter-in-law asked me to help her make a minky blankie for her newest nephew (my first grandchild)! She brought me an adorable animal-themed fleece and a coordinating dimple minky fabric... She had also purchased satin blanket trim! She obviously thinks I am a more accomplished sewer than I do!

I put back sides together and found that I had to keep trimming off more minky, since it is more stretchy than plain fleece... I pinned them together, then removed the pins as I placed the satin binding over the edges. Since the binding is cut a little off-center, I had to be sure the edges were even on both sides, so I stuck a straight pin in from front to back to be sure they lined up evenly. I mitered the corners and made a folded-over edge where the satin came together. The blanket was about 30"X45". It was adorable and it is my grandson's favorite tag-along blankie... He loves rubbing the satin on his cheek!

This was such a hit that all my children, their spouses and my hubby have wanted an adult-sized one... Satin and all! I have used lots of fun fleece designs (especially NFL and sports-related themes) and making them extra big for cuddling up for a nap without feet hanging out... They are 60"X90"! Everybody loves theirs... Especially the satin edging!

These are a lot of work, but worth the effort! And... Oh, "sew" worth the love wrapped up in them!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I now have the confidence to make a baby blanket. Erin

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tute! My 8 year old granddaughter asked for a blanket with bumps and when questioned said she wanted to snuggle with it not use it as a blanket. I was sure she was talking about a baby blanket and remembered they were all the rage in the stores a few years ago. I can not find any this year and was wondering how to grant this request and a search online guided me to this site. Will purchase the fabric and make the blanket (larger than purchased since I think the fabric is 60 inches) and have a happy girl on Christmas morning!

Kerry Anne Simmons Smith said...

I am having a problem with gathering when I go to close my seam (after I turn it out). Any help to fix the bunching without taking the whole project apart would be appreciated.

Halah said...

Many thanks for this tutorial! I made several blankets already and everyone loves them!

Fiona said...

Hi,
awesome tutorial and just finished my first blanket! Using fleece instead of minky.
The area where I turned the blanket is a bit flappy, obviously the 1/4 in. wasn't enough and I forgot to go a bit closer!
Any ideas how to fix this? I'm new to sewing and will search for answers but wondered if you might have an idea?
thanks so much

Brenda said...

When sewing Minky fabric and cotton fabric together does it make a difference when sewing which fabric is on top???

Ang Eckenrod said...

So I made this for my daughters teacher. It took forever to pin, but was totally worth it. Last time I tried to see with minky it had to basically stop and give up bc it was so messed up. Thanks!