Minky Blanket Sewing Tutorial

The other day, we had some friends over to play, and my friend’s little girl left her Minky blanket at our house. The poor little girl was so sad she didn’t have her soft, cuddly blanket for a few days…. But my kids had no sympathy for her sorrow. They were THRILLED she had forgotten her blanket, in fact, they seriously contemplated not giving it back! They loved snuggling up with her cute little blanket, and they fought over who got to use it. So, I knew I needed to make my kids their OWN Minky blankets, so our sad little friend could have her blanket back.

  And I am going to show you how to sew a minky blanket.

I was excited when I saw that The Ribbon Retreat had so many different Minky prints.

I chose a Chevron for my daughter, Camo (of course!) for my oldest son, and a cute cowboy print for my baby boy.

 The best part of these blankets is that they are Minky on both sides, so they are ULTRA soft and snuggly.

Would you like to make your own? 

You’ll need:

1 yard Minky fabric for front
1 yard Minky fabric for back
Sewing Machine, thread, scissors, pins

I made these blankets for my kids, who are 6, 3, and 1. So these are child sized, the finished blanket is about 58×34. If you wanted to make one for a bigger kid,or an adult, try using 2 or 3 yards of fabric.

Instructions:

1. Start by pinning your fabric, wrong sides together.

 2. Sew around the blanket, using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure to remove the pins. Leave an opening, about 4 inches long on one of the sides.

 3. Turn blanket right side out, through the opening. Make sure to push the corners out, nice and straight.

 4. Top stitch the opening closed. Using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Continue stitching around the entire edge of the blanket.

A few tips I learned while sewing my 3 blankets….

If one of your fabrics is thicker, fluffier, or heavier than the other, keep it on the bottom while pinning and sewing. It will be easier to work with that way.

Slow and steady is the trick. You might have to pull your fabric through your machine a little. This fabric is a little tricky to sew because it’s so fluffy and thick, but that’s why we love it so much!!!! My little machine’s feed dogs couldn’t pull it through very well, so I just helped it along.  Just be sure to sew a little slower than you normally would, keeping it straight. 

And you’re done! You’ve got yourself a beautiful Minky blanket!

This project is so easy, you’ll probably want to keep this tutorial handy in case you ever need a quick baby shower gift or have a sick kid in your family that needs a little extra snuggle… You can pin any image (the first one on this post would be a good one), simply by hovering your mouse over the image and click the “pin it” button.

 

 

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