Minky is one of the softest fabrics that you can use. Minky is a very common fabric to make into baby blankets, and here is one very easy blanket that you can sew yourself.
I absolutely love to sew. I make anything and everything, from baby bibs to dresses to baby blankets. I love to make patchwork quilts, but they are just too time consuming if you want to whip up a quick baby blanket for a gift at a baby shower. Making a blanket from minky and printed cotton is a quick and easy project that you can complete in a weekend – or less if you don’t have any interruptions!
- 1 yard of minky fabric, any color that coordinates with your printed cotton
- 1 yard of printed cotton that coordinates with your minky fabric
- 1 yard of batting, your choice of thickness
- About 200 inches of bias or binding tape – Please note that 1 yard of fabric is always 36 inches long, but the width usually varies between 32 and 60 inches. Most fabrics are available in widths of 45 inches and 60 inches. So depending on the particular fabric that you have selected for your project the width can vary. So please measure your fabric to figure out how much binding that you need.
- Notions (thread, scissors, pins, fabric chalk or marker, etc.)
- Lay your printed cotton fabric pattern side down on a clean and clear area of the floor.
- Lay your batting on top of the fabric, matching up all of the edges
- Lay your minky fabric on top, with the little nubbies face up
- Pin all around the edges – I put my pins about 5-6 inches apart
- If you would like, you can draw a pattern on the blanket that you can sew, such as swirls or whatever you feel comfortable with doing. If you don’t want to do that extra step, then you can just sew through the blanket from one edge to the other, twice vertically, and twice horizontally. This is just to make sure that the inner batting doesn’t move or get bunched up when you’re using it.
- Trim around the edges to even everything up, and then zigzag stitch or serge around all of the edges
- Pin your bias tape/ binding all the way around your blanket
- Sew the bias tape/binding onto the blanket
- All done!
Wasn’t that easy?! I am in the process of making one for my little 7 month old baby, his nursery is nautical patterned, heavy on the whales. I couldn’t find a blanket that I liked that had whales and was soft enough for a baby blanket, so I decided to make my own.
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