Welcoming a new baby is a joyous experience, whether the baby is your own or that of a loved one. One of the greatest ways to show your love and excitement for the new little one is by creating beautiful, handmade baby minky blankets for him or her. Taking the time to make your own baby minky blankets shows how much you truly care, and your gift will be remembered and treasured for years to come. Quilting minky can be quite difficult, and without the proper machine or skills, you may not feel you have the skills to do it on your own. However, there is a way to create a quilted minky blanket with just a regular sewing machine. Here is a how-to guide for quilting your own baby minky blankets.
The first thing you will need to do is purchase your materials. Decide how large you would like your blanket to be. Minky fabric is usually sold in 45-inch width, and you will be purchasing it by the yard. For this particular quilt method, you will want to purchase three to five different types and colors of minky that coordinate. You will also want to purchase a coordinating fabric for the back of your quilt. Don’t forget to purchase matching thread. Trim is not necessary, but it can add a nice touch. If you want trim around your quilt, purchase that as well. Make sure you have enough to go completely around all sides.
Next, cut your fabric into equal-sized squares. Don’t make them too large or too small–six inches square is about right. If possible, use a quilting rotary cutter, ruler, and mat to cut your squares. This will ensure that they are all exactly the same size and help your quilt rows stay even. Lay out your squares in your desired pattern. You can make a repeating pattern with your squares, or you can place them randomly. Once you have them all laid out, start sewing them together. Sew them into rows first and then connect the rows together. Make sure you sew the right sides together so that the seams will be on the inside of the quilt. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and be as precise as possible so that all of your squares will line up evenly.
Once you have sewn all of your squares together to form the top of the quilt, press all of your seams so that the quilt lays flat. Measure the quilt top and cut the backing out of your coordinating fabric to fit. Pin the two layers together all around the edges of the quilt, making sure to put right sides together and leaving a small opening to turn your quilt right-side-out. Sew along the edge using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn the quilt right-side-out through the opening and sew it closed. Press all around the edges of your quilt so that they lay flat and then top-stitch all the way around.
If you purchased trim for your blanket, add that as the final step. You will now have a beautiful baby minky blanket that can be folded and wrapped up for the new baby or placed in your baby’s room. Quilted baby minky blankets make the perfect gift for a new baby, but they can be difficult to make for those who are not experienced quilters. If you are looking for an easy way to make quilted baby minky blankets, follow this how-to guide. These blankets can be made easily with nothing but a sewing machine and take only an hour or two to complete. Your baby will love the beautiful blanket and cherish it for years to come.