Sewing with Minky – Create a Quilted Minky Blanket (FREE PATTERN AND TUTORIAL)

Kristen Bunch

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Want to learn more Violet Snow’s new In House Bases? Get to know Single Sided Minky by trying your hand at a quilted minky blanket! This project is incredibly soft and makes a wonderful gift or the perfect blanket to cuddle up with on the couch. 





PREPARATION

Gather Supplies:

  • Pattern
    • The pattern pictured is sized to be an oversized toddler blanket where final dimensions should be approximately 44” x 65”

This particular blanket was self-drafted using 4 different fabrics. To create this look, I used the following diagram to create the topper (Note: these are FINAL dimensions, cut dimensions are listed below under “Cut”):

  • Fabric 
    • For this blanket I used a mix of Single Sided Minky and French Terry from my fabric stash; however, several other knit options would also work:
      • From the In-House collection of fabric bases – Double Brushed Poly (DBP), Hybrid Knit, Premium Athletic Knit (PAK), Minky
      • From the Preorder collection of fabrics – Cotton Spandex (CS)
    • The following are the prints, fabric bases, and yardage I used for the diagram above:
      • A – VSCF Princess Sketch 2.0 Color POP (French Terry) – 1 yard
      • B – Solid Pink Luxe Cuddle Minky ordered from Amazon – ½ yard
      • C – VSCF Paper Doll Princess Hearts Coord (French Terry) – ½ yard
      • D – VSCF Bokeh Hearts and Glitter (Minky) – 2 yards



  • Cutting Mat & Rotary Cutter
  • If you don’t have these, that’s okay – you can use fabric scissors. A Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter just make measuring and cutting a little faster and easier
  • Straight Pins and Quilting Clips
    • Used to hold your pieces together while sewing
  • Iron and Ironing Board/Mat
    • For pressing (as desired) 
  • Sewing Machine / Serger 
    • Used to assemble your pattern
    • I used a serger to assemble this the strips of this blanket; however, a zig zag, lightening, triple stitch, or double needle can be used on a sewing machine. These stitches are great for knit fabrics as they allow the fabrics to stretch without popping seams. I sewing machine is necessary for all topstitching. 

 

Cut:

  • Below are the measurements for each of your fabrics, according to the diagram listed above. Make sure to keep directional prints in mind and cut perpendicular to the grainline. 
    • A – VSCF Princess Sketch 2.0 Color POP 
      • 6 strips: 6.5” x 42.5”
    • B – Solid Pink Luxe Cuddle Minky 
      • 10 strips: 1.5” x 42.5”
    • C – VSCF Paper Doll Princess Hearts Coord 
      • 5 strips: 3.5” x 42.5”
    • D – VSCF Bokeh Hearts and Glitter Minky
      • Backing: 44.5” x 63.5”
      • 2 strips: 4” x 67.5”
      • 2 strips: 4” x 48.5”

TOPPER

  • Line up your fabric strips according to the diagram and start sewing the strips together. I started by attaching all the (B) strips to the (A) strips. (Note: When working with minky, I adjust the pressure on my pressor foot and increase the feed on my serger to help the minky guide through the machine better. I also found that having the non-minky base on the bottom helped the fabric glide better through the machine.

  • Next, attach all the (C) strips to the (A/B) strips

  • Continue attaching all the strips together until your topper looks like this: 

BINDING

  • Make sure the edges of your strips are all in line. If they are uneven, trim until they are square. Attach the long strips of (D) to the long sides of your topper. 

  • Repeat this process for the shorter (D) strips and attach to the top and bottom of your topper

BACKING

  • Align the backing with the topper with wrong sides together. Fold the top binding of the topper in half and fold over and pin to the backing.  Note: I found that pinning from the front will help when topstitching in the next step. 

  • Flip the blanket over so that the topper is right side up and stitch in the ditch (the line in between the topper and binding – see yellow line in picture below), making sure binding on backing is captured in your stitching. For topstitching, I used the straight stitch with a single needle and a 2.8 stitch length.

QUILTING

  • Once the top of the blanket has been bound, it will help align the backing to the topper. Quilting can be done a number of ways, however, the simplest way is to just follow the lines of the topper. 
  • Lay the blanket out so that the topper is right side up, making sure the backing on the bottom is flat and aligned underneath. Pin the topper to the backing along the stitch lines of the topper. 
  • Next, stitch in the ditch along the lines of your topper, making sure the backing remains flat underneath. Continue this until all the topper lines have been sewn to the backing. (It’s hard to get a good picture of the quilting on the front, so here is a picture of the back where the backing has been sewn to the topper)
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    FINISHING THE BINDING 

  • Once all the quilting has been completed, continue attaching the binding to the backing, starting with the sides and ending with the bottom of the blanket. Stitch in the ditch from the front side of the blanket, making sure to capture the binding underneath.
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  • Once all the binding has been completed, I went back and added a decorative stitch to the edge of the binding. This also helps the binding lay flatter. I used a double needle and a 2.6 stitch length.
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    ALL DONE!

    Congratulations on your beautiful quilted minky blanket! We would love it if you would share your creation in our Facebook group here


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