If you haven't yet heard or felt Minky fabric....you really should. This is a very, very soft fabric that is fabulous for baby's. I decided to try sewing a Minky blanket for one of my grandchildren who arrived in the last little while.
One of the drawbacks to sewing a 2-sided blanket with Minky is that the 2 sides will not 'adhere' to each other. Rather, they will slide around and you will have more of a sack than a blanket if you only use Minky. So, I saw a suggestion on-line that I decided to try. I put a third layer in the blanket. This third layer is flannel.
I laid out all 3 layers of the fabric and trimmed the edges to match each other. I had to sew two strips of flannel to achieve a 60" width/length for this crib-sized blanket. I then took a simple bowl and drew a curved edge on the corners. I then trimmed all 3 fabrics.
I chose to add this simple trim around all the edges. It is a small pom-pom trim. I used my zipper foot and sewed it about 5/8" from the edge of one of my Minky fabrics.
To end the brim, I overlapped the end pieces and sewed back and form on the juncture to secure it.
I sewed the flannel to the backside of the other piece of Minky. See the seem on the pink piece? This is from joining the flannel and the Minky together. I then sewed (with right sides of the Minky together) all 3 layers together using my zipper foot. This food edged along the trim to give me a nice clean finished edge. I sewed around all 4 sides but left an opening of about 1 foot on the 4th side to allow me to turn the blanket right-side-out. I then hand-stitched this section closed.
Here is the result. The Minky did not 'collapse' as it did before I added the flannel. It still can slide, but it acts more like the blanket I was looking for.
- The Minky Fabric is very heavy
- The Flannel has 'tooth' to hold the 3 fabrics together somewhat. If you wanted very little sliding you could strategically tack the fabrics together.
- The least expensive Minky fabric I found was on-line. So check out all of your options.
- I made another blanket with a silk ruffle instead of the trim. It was just as cute.
- You need LOTS OF PINS to hold this 'unit together. You will not get even seams without it.
- It is so soft! Your little ones will love it!