Minky fabric is a polyester microfiber plush that is incredibly soft, which can also make it difficult to sew. Minky fabrics have become very popular for making baby blankets, stuffed animals and pillows. You can buy minky fabric in many different colours and a few different texture patterns as well. Making a blanket using minky fabric is the easiest sewing project for a beginner.
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Things you need
- Sewing pins
- Rotary cutter (optional)
- Ironing board
- Sewing machine
Following your pattern or instructions, cut the fabric to the shapes and sizes you need. Use a rotary cutter to make completely straight lines to make the next steps easier.
Fold the edges of the fabric as directed in the instructions for your pattern. Folding the fabric at least a half inch will help keep the fabric from curling. Place pins in the folds every 1 to 1 1/2 inches. This will ensure that the fabric stays in place. If you are connecting the minky fabric to another piece of fabric, pin them together, inside out. Leave 3 to 4 inches open so you can pull the blanket right side out.
Place the fabric on the ironing board, folded side up. Cover the fabric with another piece of material, a T-shirt or a towel. Iron the folds on a low heat. Ironing the material will help keep the folds down and secure them.
Sew the edges using a tight stitch. Using a walking foot will help prevent the fabric from slipping.
Tips and warnings
- Pre-washing the minky fabric is not necessary as it will not shrink. If you are working with another fabric as well, you will need to pre-wash the fabric.
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