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!

  • 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

    • 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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