Cuddle Minky Blanket Tutorials

Learn how to sew quick & easy custom minky blankets with Missouri Star!

A cuddle minky blanket is made from a plush fabric with a luxurious texture and feel. Often referred to as minky fabric, you may also be familiar with one of the most recognizable brands of minky fabric from Shannon Fabrics, known as Cuddle fabric. This soft, plush fabric is easy-care and wonderfully soft, making it a popular choice for blankets and other textiles. 

We are pleased to offer the largest selection of Cuddle fabric online in every style and color, from solids to Cuddle prints, dimple/embossed minky, Luxe Cuddle, and Silky Minky. We also have plenty of Cuddle kits and free cuddle blanket tutorials to inspire your next project!

learn how to sew custom minky blankets with luxurious Shannon Cuddle fabric..

Cuddle Sewing Tips

Minky fabric can be a bit challenging to sew with, especially for beginners, but we have plenty of tips and tricks to make working with minky fabric easier! Sewing clips and a walking foot are some of our must-have tools for making minky fabric blankets. Practice, patience, and slowing down your sewing can also help minimize frustration as you work. Shannon Fabrics has compiled their best tips and tricks for sewing with Cuddle fabric - download the free PDF below to keep as a handy reference! 

How to Make a Double Sided Minky Blanket

Don't let the name fool you, this free tutorial with Jenny is perfect for year-round sewing! Pick your favorite 2-yard cuts of Cuddle fabric to make a luxurious two-sided throw.

Free Tutorial: Self-Binding Minky Blanket

This written tutorial shows you how to sew a generously-sized throw blanket using just extra-wide Cuddle fabric and your favorite 108" backing fabric.

learn how to make a self binding minky blanket with this free tutorial.

Free Tutorial: Cuddle Minky Baby Blanket

It's "sew" easy to make a self-binding minky baby blanket with this free tutorial! Watch as Jenny sews a luxuriously soft cuddle baby blanket with the best of the best from Shannon Fabrics!

Free Tutorial: How to Use Minky Fabric for Quilt Backing

Ever wished you could have an extra-soft and snuggly backing on your quilt? Join your favorite host Jenny Doan and sewing extraordinaire Teresa Coates to learn how to use luxurious Shannon Cuddle fabric to back virtually any quilt!

2 Yard Cuts of Cuddle Fabric

Make your next project oh-sew-easy with grab & sew Cuddle fabric cuts!

Luxe Cuddle Fabric by the Yard

Explore luxurious colors and textures in this fan-favorite collection

Cuddle Prints Fabric by the Yard

Browse eye-catching designs in every style and theme!

Embossed Minky Fabric by the Yard

Choose from all-over embossed designs ranging from dots to hearts, stars and more to make a unique minky dot blanket!

Cuddle Minky Blanket FAQs

Q: How are minky fabric blankets made?

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. 

Q: Does a minky blanket need batting?

If desired, batting can be used when making any cuddle minky blanket, but it is not necessary. Batting is the layer of material that goes between the top and bottom layers of a quilt or blanket to provide warmth and thickness; by adding a layer of batting between your minky fabrics, you will add warmth, thickness, and weight to your finished blanket. However, keep in mind that adding batting may make your minky blanket more challenging to machine wash and dry due to the extra weight and thickness. Ultimately, the decision to use batting in your cuddle blanket depends on your personal preference! 

Q: Is minky fabric hard to sew?

Working with cuddle fabric might be challenging at first, but with a little practice and patience, you will be a minky sewing master! If you're new to sewing with minky fabric, consider practicing on scraps before starting your project. This will help you get a feel for how the fabric behaves and allow you to fine-tune your sewing techniques. Slow is the way to go, and you can also make things easier for yourself by investing in a walking foot if you plan to sew lots of cuddle blankets! Last but not least, using a stretch needle with a longer stitch length with less tension will give the fibers room to nest together and avoid distorting your seams. For more great cuddle sewing tips, download this free PDF from Shannon Fabrics!

Q: How do you wash a minky blanket?

Always start by checking the care label on your cuddle minky fabric. The manufacturer should provide specific instructions on how to clean the fabric, and it's essential to follow those recommendations if provided. If you have misplaced those instructions, here are some best practices to keep in mind when caring for your cuddle fabric blankets:

Wash your cuddle blanket only when necessary to preserve the life of the fibers. If your minky blanket has any stains or spills, spot-clean them before (or instead of) washing. 

To machine wash your cuddle blanket, use gentle or delicate cycle with cold water to prevent colors from fading and preserve the softness of the fabric. Use a gentle fabric wash that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals. Fabric softeners should also be avoided.

If your washing machine has an extra rinse cycle, consider using it to ensure that all detergent is thoroughly removed from the blanket.

Keep in mind that frequent washing can affect the softness and texture of minky fabric over time, so it's best to follow the care instructions and wash the blanket only when necessary. By following these steps and taking proper care of your minky blanket, you can ensure it remains soft and cozy for a long time.

Q: Can minky fabric go in the dryer? 

Generally speaking, minky fabric can go in the dryer, but you should follow a few guidelines to ensure it maintains its softness and doesn't get damaged:

1. Check the Care Label: Always check the manufacturer's recommendations for specific drying instructions. Some minky products may recommend air drying instead of using a dryer.

2. Low Heat Setting: Use the lowest heat setting on your dryer to avoid potentially damaging the fabric. High heat can melt or distort the polyester fibers, causing them to lose their soft texture. If your dryer has a gentle or delicate cycle that you can use on a low heat setting, this will help minimize agitation and protect the fabric.

3. Dryer Balls: Adding a couple of clean tennis balls or wool dryer balls to your dryer will help fluff the minky fabric and prevent matting during the drying process.

4. Don't Overload Your Dryer: Avoid overloading the dryer, as this can lead to uneven drying and may cause the minky fabric to clump or wrinkle.

5. Regularly Clean Your Dryer’s Lint Trap: Cuddle fabric can produce a lot of lint, so make sure to clean your dryer's lint trap before and after drying to prevent lint buildup.

6. Remove Promptly: As soon as the drying cycle is complete, remove your cuddle blanket promptly to prevent excessive wrinkling and help maintain its softness.