Making a minky blanket is a fun and rewarding DIY project. To get started, you’ll need a few basic supplies, starting with two pieces of minky fabric, (one for the front and one for the back of your blanket). These pieces should be the same size. You will also need a sewing machine, scissors or rotary cutter, ruler or measuring tape, thread, fabric clips or pins (we strongly recommend using clips), and - of course! - a sewing machine. You may also find it helpful to use a walking foot on your sewing machine, although it is not necessary.
Once you have all of your supplies, follow these easy steps to make a double sided minky blanket:
1. Prepare Your Fabric: Start by washing and drying your cuddle fabric to remove any dirt or chemicals, then lay it out on a flat surface. If it's wrinkled, you can use a low heat setting on your iron to smooth it out, but be very gentle as excessive heat can damage minky fabric.
2. Cut Your Fabric: If necessary, use your scissors or a rotary cutter and a ruler to cut both pieces of minky fabric to your desired size. Make sure they are the same size.
3. Clip or Pin the Fabric: Place the two pieces of cuddle minky fabric with their right sides together (the sides you want facing out). Pin or clip them together around the edges to keep them in place - the more pins or clips you use, the less likely your fabric will shift and slide while sewing! Leave a 3-4 inch gap on one side for turning.
4. Sew the Fabric: Using your sewing machine, sew around the edges of the fabric with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving the 3-4 inch gap unsewn.
6. Turn Your Blanket Right-Side Out: You may wish to trim the excess fabric at each corner to reduce bulk. Reach inside the gap you left open and turn the blanket right-side out, so the minky sides are facing out. Gently push out the corners.
7. Close the Gap: Fold the edges of the gap inwards and pin or clip them closed. You can either hand-sew the gap closed with a ladder stitch or use your sewing machine to sew it shut with a matching thread color.
8. Optional: Topstitching: For a nice finishing touch, sew around the entire perimeter of the blanket, about 1/4 inch from the edge, using a straight stitch. This not only adds a decorative touch but also helps secure the layers of fabric together.
That's it! You've made your very own custom minky blanket. Cuddle blankets are great for personal use or to give as thoughtful gifts for friends and family.