How To Sew a Minky Baby Blanket

How To Sew a Minky Baby Blanket

Check out this super cute sewing project! We show you How To Sew A Minky Baby Blanket! This sewing tutorial is easy and turns out so cute and cuddly! We made this using Minky fabric on both sides. However, you could make this same blanket with one side Minky and one side flannel. Or if you wanted you could even just make it with flannel. This is great for a baby gift, your own new bundle of joy, or even a small child!

How To Sew A Minky Baby Blanket

One tip I will give you when working with Minky, pins are your friend! This stuff is so soft it will slip and slide and mess you up fast if you don’t pin. So pin, pin, pin! As you can see in the pictures I pinned about an inch apart.  Another thing to know about working with Minky is to be ready for cleanup when done. The raw edges of this fabric shed a lot. So when you are done there will be little fuzzy pieces all over the floor. It is an easy clean up with a vacuum.

Supplies For A Minky Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket Supplies

How To Sew A Minky Baby Blanket

Now that we have some tips and tricks and we have outlined all the supplies, let’s get started by wash, drying, and ironing your fabric. If you are using Minky fabric, you will not need to iron it.

Cut the pieces you'll need for the Minky Baby Blanket

The first thing you need to do in making a Minky baby blanket is to cut the fabric to size. You will need to cut one piece from the backing fabric (for me this was the white Minky dot plush) to the size of 36″ x 46″. Cut it with the stretch of the fabric in the 46″ side. Then, cut the top fabric (mine was the black and white Minky cuddle) to the size of 28″ x 38″. Make the stretch of the fabric on the 38″ side.

You need to mark the center of each side of the fabric with pins

Then you need to mark the center of each side of the fabric with pins. Simply fold the fabric in half and put a pin at each end where the fabric folds. Then fold in half the other way and pin at the fold there too. Do this to both pieces of fabric. I used a little bigger pin here so I can easily see the center from the rest of the pins.

Line up the fabrics and pin the edges together all the way down the side

The next step in how to sew a Minky baby blanket is to lay the back fabric face up working first from the stretchy side of the fabric (46″ side). Then lay the top fabric face down on top of it. Make sure you have both fabrics with matching stretch directions. Line them up by making the center pin marks match up.

Stopping when you run out of top fabric

Now, pin the edges together all the way down the side stopping when you run out of top fabric. I pinned about an inch apart as it is very important in these first steps to make sure it does not shift at all.

Starting from the center pin, sew down the side

Time to start sewing! Starting from the center pin, sew down the side using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Stop stitching a half-inch before the end of the top fabric. Do a backstitch at the start and finish. A backstitch should be done every time you start and finish stitching through this whole tutorial.

Then turn the minky baby blanket around and start from the center and sew the other direction of this same side again stopping half-inch before the end of the top fabric. Sewing half in each direction helps to keep the stretch from getting off and out of control. 

Repeat step 4 with 2 more sides

Repeat step 4 with 2 more sides. When you are pinning and come to the edge that has already been stitched, just push the extra backing fabric out of the way and pin that top fabric lined up with the backing fabric until there is no more top fabric. 

Start about 4 inches down from it in each direction

Next, on the last side it is done pretty much the same as the other 3. The only thing we will do differently is the starting sewing point. This time don’t start sewing at the center pin. Start about 4 inches down from it in each direction.

This will leave about an eight-inch opening in the Minky Baby Blanket

Now, this will leave about an eight-inch opening that we will need later to turn it right-side-out. 

You should have strange-looking corners on your Minky Baby Blanket

Then, lay the blanket backing side down on the table and smooth out so that the backing fabric is as evenly distributed all the way around the blanket. You should have strange-looking corners like in the picture.

Pin the corner lined fabric in place at an angle just as it meets the fabric underneath

The next step in how to sew a Minky baby blanket is to grab the corner fabric and line the edges evenly starting where it meets the topstitched fabric. Pin the corner lined fabric in place at an angle just as it meets the fabric underneath.

Just pin the corner fabric to itself

You are now about halfway done with making your Minky Baby Blanket. You don’t pin it to the fabric underneath, just pin the corner fabric to itself. 

The mark goes right over the first pins

Now, turn the whole blanket over and lay it so that those pins are flat. Add more pins just to the side of those to make sure nothing moves. Use a ruler to line it where the stitching ends and mark it at an angle with a marker. The mark should pretty much go right over at an angle where those first pins are. 

Sew it together right down that mark you made

Then you’ll want to sew it together right down that mark you made removing the pins in that line as you go. Leave the pins to the side in place until after stitching is done. Repeat the last three steps to do the rest of the corners on your Minky Baby Blanket.

Cut off the extra corner fabric

Now, cut off the extra corner fabric. Just make sure you do not cut into your stitching.

Turn the whole Minky Baby Blanket right-side-out

Next step in sewing a Minky baby blanket is to reach your arm inside the eight-inch opening you left on one of the sides. Turn the whole blanket right-side-out. 

Push those corners out on the Minky Baby Blanket

Then using your finger, or a turning tool, from the inside, push those corners to make sure they fully turned out and are formed. 

At the opening area, turn it inside itself by 1/2 inch and pin in place

Now, lay the blanket flat again making sure the backing fabric is evenly distributed around the sides. At the opening area, turn it inside itself by 1/2 inch and pin in place.

Pin where the two fabrics meet all the way around the Minky Baby Blanket

Then pin where the two fabrics meet all the way around the blanket. Make sure the pins go all the way through to the back fabric. This time it is ok to pin every few inches and not as close as you did at the start.

Change the stitch to a zigzag stitch

Next, change the stitching on the machine to a zigzag stitch. For me, I used #3.

Stitch all the way around the Minky Baby Blanket

Now, using the zigzag stitch, stitch all the way around the blanket where the two meet and are pinned.

Completed Minky Baby Blanket

When you are finished stitching, you are done! Now you have a beautiful, warm, and cozy Minky Baby Blanket! This is such a fun baby sewing project. And it looks so professionally done! I hope your babies in your life love it as much as the ones in mine have loved the ones I’ve made them!

How To Sew A Minky Baby Blanket

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How to Make a Minky Baby Blanket

How to Make a Minky Baby Blanket

Do you need a nice baby shower present that is not hard to make but looks amazing? This Minky Baby Blanket is the perfect thing for a new baby because it is soo soft and super cozy! Or maybe you'd like to make it for a 1st or 2nd birthday present. It makes a wonderful gift and an snuggly blanket.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15.00

Instructions

    1. You will need to cut one piece from the backing fabric (for me this was the white Minky dot plush) to the size of 36" x 46". Cut it with the stretch of the fabric in the 46" side. Then cut the top fabric (mine was the black and white Minky cuddle) to the size of 28" x 38". Make the stretch of the fabric on the 38" side.
    2. Mark the center of each side of the fabric with pins. Fold the fabric in half and put a pin at each end where the fabric folds.
    3. Then fold in half the other way and pin at the fold there too. Do this to both pieces of fabric.
    4. Lay the back fabric face up working first from the stretchy side of the fabric (46" side). Then lay the top fabric face down on top of it. Make sure you have both fabrics with matching stretch directions.
    5. Line them up by making the center pin marks match up. Pin the edges together all the way down the side stopping when you run out of top fabric. .
    6. Starting from the center pin, sew down the side using a 1/2" seam allowance. Stop stitching a half-inch before the end of the top fabric. Do a backstitch at the start and finish.
    7. Then turn the blanket around and start from the center and sew the other direction of this same side again stopping half-inch before the end of the top fabric.
    8. Repeat steps with 2 more sides.  
    9. On the last side, start about 4 inches down from center pin in each direction.
    10. Lay the blanket backing side down on the table and smooth out so that the backing fabric is as evenly distributed all the way around the blanket.
    11. Grab the corner fabric and line the edges evenly starting where it meets the top stitched fabric.
    12. Pin the corner lined fabric in place at an angle just as it meets the fabric underneath.
    13. Now turn the whole blanket over and lay it so that those pins are flat.
    14. Add more pins just to the side of those to make sure nothing moves.
    15. Use a ruler to line it where the stitching ends and mark it at an angle with a marker.
    16. Sew it together right down that mark you made removing the pins in that line as you go.
    17. Leave the pins to the side in place until after stitching is done.
    18. Repeat steps to do the rest of the corners.
    19. Cut off the extra corner fabric.
    20. Turn the whole blanket right-side-out. 
    21. Push those corners to make sure they fully turned out and are formed. 
    22. Lay the blanket flat again making sure the backing fabric is evenly distributed around the sides.
    23. At the opening area, turn it inside itself by 1/2 inch and pin in place.
    24. Then pin where the two fabrics meet all the way around the blanket. Make sure the pins go all the way through to the back fabric.
    25. Change the stitching on the machine to a zigzag stitch.
    26. Using the zigzag stitch, stitch all the way around the blanket where the two meet and are pinned.
    27. You are finished with your Minky Baby Blanket.

Notes

One tip I will give you when working with Minky, pins are your friend! This stuff is so soft it will slip and slide and mess you up fast if you don't pin. So pin, pin, pin! As you can see in the pictures I pinned about an inch apart. 

Another thing to know about working with Minky is to be ready for cleanup when done. The raw edges of this fabric shed a lot. So when you are done there will be little fuzzy pieces all over the floor. It is an easy clean up with a vacuum.

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2 thoughts on “How To Sew a Minky Baby Blanket”

  • What a beautiful blanket!! I love the pattern of the black and white fabric! Thanks for linking up with The House That Stamps Built.

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