Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial

A couple weeks ago, I made an adorable minky baby blanket for my niece Kayla.  I made another one for a friend’s baby and figured I can take pictures along the way so I can write a full tutorial for you!  All you need is one yard of two kinds of fabrics and it comes together fast!  You can probably sew one in under 30 minutes!  So  here it is… are you ready?

Materials

Place the cotton fabric on top of the minky fabric, right sides together.  Trim each sides to make sure they line up and the corners are square.  Next, pin all the way around to secure.

In the middle of one side, remove the pins to leave a 6″ gap where you will NOT be sewing (for now).  This gap will be used to invert the fabric right sides out later on.  Sew all around (except the gap), using 1/2″ seam allowance.

Where the gap is located, make sure you backstitch to secure it.  Otherwise, when it comes time to invert the blanket, the seams rip apart as you’re opening it.  (I live and learn…🙈)

Once you’re done sewing, clip all the corners to eliminate bulk in the corners.  Next, invert the entire blanket through the gap, right sides out.

Steam press all around the blanket to get a nice pressed seam.

Now, topstitch 1/4″ seam allowance all around!  I chose to topstitch twice because it’s extra secure and I like the way it looks. 😊

That’s it!  Tell me that was super easy!  And fast too, right?  I was able to finish this blanket in under 30 minutes!

Hope your new year is off to a great start everyone!  -Susie 😊✨

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Have you tried this tutorial?  Let me know what you think!

  • Yvonne jones - The first minke blanket I made turned out to be a disaster. I kept it to use at home. This tutorial sounds so easy with the tips given. Can’t wait to try thisOctober 8, 2017 – 5:32 amReplyCancel

  • DIANA - GREAT INSTRUCTIONS! WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO FOLLOW. THANKS FOR SHARING.September 22, 2017 – 10:01 amReplyCancel

  • Yacon Root - Amazing Website. Really enjoyed reading!August 31, 2017 – 7:44 amReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial! I’m not very good at sewing but I made my first minky blanket today! I will be giving it to my best friend who had her second a few months ago, Also, I love the double topstitch — I like the way it looks as well :) Thanks Susie!August 27, 2017 – 8:51 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Thank you so much for the comment and for sharing a photo of what you made! The little foxes are soooo cute!!!August 28, 2017 – 7:30 pmReplyCancel

  • tiffany - My 7-year-old would like one of these. My sister-in-law made her one as a toddler but she’s too tall now. Do you think it will hold up if I adjust the measurements or will it be too large to still look nice?August 2, 2017 – 6:39 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Oh that would be great! I have a 7 year old and I’ve thought of making one for him. I do think that if it is a larger size, we might have to tack it in the middle just to make sure it keeps its shape. Would love to know how yours turns out!August 2, 2017 – 2:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Cassie - I bought the same fabric to make a blanket before I even saw this! Would you suggest adding batting in between? The fabric seems to be thin and somewhat see-through.July 27, 2017 – 12:45 pmReplyCancel

    • Wendy - I made one for my grand daughter. I used batting in mine. It came out wonderful. Thick and warm for cold nights. Now my grand daught takes it off her bed and uses it all the time.August 3, 2017 – 2:03 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Cassie, you can add batting in between but I think it’s already nice without it. I didn’t think it was see-through at all. Are you using 100% cotton fabrics?July 30, 2017 – 9:13 amReplyCancel

  • Michelle D - Would cotton flannel work as well?
    Thanks!July 23, 2017 – 6:46 pmReplyCancel

    • Stephanie W - Ahhh thank you for asking Michelle, I was wondering the same because I have this incredible flannel fabric that would be so perfect for this project. Yaaaassss I’m stoked to try this out now!October 12, 2017 – 1:54 pmReplyCancel

    • Lois Burnett - I have made them with flannel. They are wonderful and very easy!August 1, 2017 – 2:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Michelle, flannel would work really well too! What an excellent idea! 🤗July 24, 2017 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Hi, What size did you make the blanket. I love it! Thanks for all the posts to help make it really easy. Is the walking foot easy to use? Thanks again.July 22, 2017 – 12:52 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Nancy, this blanket used 1 yard of fabric. Yes, I found a walking foot to be very helpful for this project. Thanks for visiting my blog! 🤗July 24, 2017 – 4:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Sandra Luna - Love to see more ♡July 20, 2017 – 8:31 amReplyCancel

  • Kayla - Hello! May I ask the brand and model of your sewing machine? I am a beginner who is starting out on an old SINGER machine that currently isn’t working so I may be purchasing a new one. As soon as I get this machine thing figured out this blanket is the first thing I am going to create. SO cute!July 13, 2017 – 11:44 amReplyCancel

    • Sonora Copling - I have a Babylock – Grace model. It’s reasonably priced, easy to operate, and well made. My serger is a Babylock and has done its job perfectly for over 30 years! Happy sewing!August 4, 2017 – 6:33 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Kayla! Love your name – same name as my favorite niece! My machine is Pfaff Quilt Expressions. I think retail price is around $2,000 but go to sewing fairs for deals. If you’re just starting out, I’d say go with Singer or Brother machines from Walmart or Target and start with a machine around $80 to $200. I started with a Singer machine that was $65 and I made full sized quilts on it! Let me know what you end up getting and if you need any tips! Happy to help! Happy Sewing!July 14, 2017 – 10:33 amReplyCancel

  • Pat Bragg - Is the cotton 100% or a 50/50 used with m I’ll minky. Love it.July 10, 2017 – 5:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Did you use a walking foot to sew the pieces together?June 8, 2017 – 4:48 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Yes, a walking foot is very helpful, especially because minky fabric can be slippery. Be sure to go slow so everything stays together ;-)June 8, 2017 – 7:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Janet - Curious if the top and bottom separate a lot without any quilting? Super cute fabric combination!May 5, 2017 – 8:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Janet, it doesn’t really separate in the middle. If it does, it’s only a little and you just pick it up by the corners and shake the blanket back into shape. It’s really not an issue at all. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)May 7, 2017 – 10:55 amReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Does it pull apart in the middle where there is no stitching? I hope that question makes sense. Darling blanket.
    Thank youMay 4, 2017 – 7:33 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Sandra, yes, the question makes sense! ;) It doesn’t really separate in the middle. If it does, it’s only a little and you just pick it up by the corners and shake the blanket back into shape. It’s really not an issue at all. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)May 7, 2017 – 10:57 amReplyCancel

  • Javkie - I was wondering about ironing. If I iron the plain material and when the minkey is under it, when I iron the seam the minky won’t melt?April 27, 2017 – 5:57 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Jackie, I pressed the iron only quick enough to make a crease in the fabric then move to the next spot. :)May 7, 2017 – 10:58 amReplyCancel

  • Val - Thank you for this great tutorial, just made one for my granddaughter.April 26, 2017 – 4:46 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Val,
      I’m happy you liked it! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)May 7, 2017 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

  • Becky - When you invert the entire blanket through the 6″ allowance, do you have to stitch that area before the 2 top stitch rows? Or do you just leave it to have only 2 rows compared to the rest of the blanket that has 3?April 6, 2017 – 5:22 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Becky, I just press the crease and the two topstitches really is enough to secure it. :)April 6, 2017 – 8:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Be sure to not iron the minky fabric side. It will melt!! Wash in cold water. Be sure to wash the cotton material before sewing as it tends to shrink and the minky does not. Learned the hard way.March 14, 2017 – 3:31 amReplyCancel

  • Tamie - Specifically, the cotton fabric, where can I find it? It is exactly what my DIL wants!March 8, 2017 – 8:48 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Tamie,
      I got the cotton print from Hobby Lobby! ;-)March 8, 2017 – 9:22 amReplyCancel

      • tamie - thank you, I could not find it on the website. Hopefully I will get to a Hobby Lobby soon, we have none close!March 8, 2017 – 11:38 amReplyCancel

  • Shanna - This is pretty! How does do after multiple washings? I always thought you had to quilt blankets so they’d hold up in the laundry.February 16, 2017 – 8:14 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - The one I made for my niece has been washed several times now and it’s still in great condition! :)February 16, 2017 – 10:39 amReplyCancel

  • Patricia - Thank you for this lovely little design Susie.
    I am waiting to welcome a new grandchild into our family in August.
    This dear little blanket will be perfect in different sizes, and I can use a fabric one one side girly, the other for a boy….perfect. Now to go and search for fabric :)February 6, 2017 – 3:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - These little blankets really do make the best baby gifts! Congratulations on the new addition to the family! 😊✨February 6, 2017 – 8:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Lona Reiter - I hear minky is difficult to sew with (slippery), what do you think?February 5, 2017 – 12:17 pmReplyCancel

    • Mo - I have used Minky in several different projects, sewing Minky to Minky. I am not a very experienced with sewing, and found the material too stretchy. I applied 1/4″ masking tape along the edges, then sewed just outside of the tape. The tape kept the material from stretching, as well as making the seam allowance easy to follow. Remove the tape before turning the blanket inside out. **Do not stitch through the tape.July 18, 2017 – 1:08 pmReplyCancel

      • Susie - Hi Mo – This is such an awesome tip!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone!July 19, 2017 – 11:12 amReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Lona! No, I don’t think it’s difficult at all. It can be slippery but if you pin it well, it won’t move too much! I pin every two to three inches around and I also use my finger to hold down the fabric as I feed it through. Also, use a longer stitch length. I’m not sure how all machines measure, but I use 4.0 stitch length on my Pfaff. Hope this was helpful! -Susie :-)February 5, 2017 – 7:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Danielle - I love the fabric! Where did you get it from!?!?February 4, 2017 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

    • April - Joann’s Fabrics has a good selection of Minky fabrics or try Fabrics.com online if you’re not near one of these stores.February 4, 2017 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Susie - Hi Danielle, I got this fabric from Hobby Lobby! -Susie :)February 4, 2017 – 5:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Marie - Can’t wait to try it! I want to make smaller so that it will be able to cover the baby in the car seatFebruary 4, 2017 – 8:01 amReplyCancel

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