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Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial

I really love making things for babies because you can use bright colors, fun patterns, and soft fabrics, and this awesome DIY minky baby blanket is no exception!

Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial

Minky!!! I love it because it’s so ridiculously soft, plus it’s pretty easy to sew (doesn’t stretch in crazy ways, stays put, etc.) And it comes in tons of colors, so you have a lot of options.

I was super excited to get an invite to my cousin’s baby shower a while back because I knew it meant a whole slew of soft, bright, and fun baby crafts! Remember the diaper strap tutorial I posted earlier? That was for my cousin as well. :-) I had seen a cute minky blanket over at Happy Hour Projects, and decided that would be the perfect gift!

DIY Minky Baby Blanket

You only need two things to make this blanket (plus standard sewing supplies :-p): (Amazon affiliate links below)

How much fabric you need depends on how big you want your blanket to be. I did a bunch of research trying to figure out the “best” size and realized that it doesn’t really matter that much! Baby blankets can be whatever size you want them to be. But if you want a general idea, here are a few guidelines:

  • Crib blankets should be somewhere between 46″ and 52″ along each dimension. You can make them square if you want, or rectangle, but these are generally the biggest blankets.
  • Receiving blankets are usually somewhere between 34″ and 42″ along each dimension. It’s big enough to wrap around a baby while you hold them, but not so big that it gets bulky when you hold both the blanket and the baby at the same time.
  • Swaddling blankets are the smallest, and usually square. They tend to be about 30″ on all sides, and they are usually made of thinner material so that you can wrap it around the baby multiple times without too much bulk.

I wasn’t sure of their exact crib measurements, and also, I didn’t want the blanket stuck in the crib all day; I wanted it to be a blanket you carried around with you while you held the baby. So I decided to make my blanket 36″ square. Also, I figured as the kid got older it could be like a security blanket that he could drag around with him. 36″ square is still big enough to be useful as a blanket, even as the kid grows, but not so large that it’s cumbersome to carry around.

Start by prewashing your fabric. This step is SUPER important! Fabrics, especially cotton, can shrink in the wash. You don’t want to do all this work to make a gorgeous blanket, only to have it shrink and get all wonky the first time you wash it! Cotton can be washed hot and dried, but minky is a little more delicate. Wash it warm and tumble dry, no heat, or hang to dry.

Once your fabric is washed and dried (and ironed, if the cotton got wrinkly in the dryer – don’t iron the minky!), cut your fabrics to size. Then place the minky on your table, soft side up, and place the cotton, pattern side down, on top of it. Line up the edges and pin all the way around. Minky is pretty easy to sew, but it’s important to pin your project well and always sew with the minky on the bottom so the feed dogs on your sewing machine can grab it.

I decided to round the corners of my blanket just to make it a bit more interesting. Grab a bowl or plate and trace it onto the fabric. Cut along your line and re-pin the rounded corner.

Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial - Rounding Corner

Once you’ve pinned all the way around, sew around all four sides of the blanket with 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving about 4″ open for turning inside out.

I find the easiest way to leave an opening is to make a right angle turn once I reach one side of the opening and sew right off the edge of the fabric! This prevents your seams from ripping out once you start to turn the blank right side out. Make this right angle turn on both sides of the opening and you’ll be all set!

Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial - Right angle turn at opening

Turn your blanket right side out through the opening. Reach into the blanket through the hole and make sure there isn’t any bunched up fabric along your edges. Once the blanket is smoothed out, all you have to do is close the hole.

Tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the blanket so that you have a nice straight fold across the opening, in line with the folds from the seams at either side. Pin the opening a few times, making sure to keep your raw edges tucked in, and then top stitch around the entire blanket with about 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure you sew through all four layers when you top stitch over the opening (from the top down: cotton, folded cotton edge, folded minky edge, and minky). This will close up the hole and keep your stitching consistent around the entire edge.

Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial - Corner

And you’re done! These baby blankets make great shower gifts because they’re quick and easy to make, plus you can customize them with any combination of fabrics and colors!

Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial by PracticallyFunctional.net

What are some of your favorite shower gifts to give or receive?

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  1. You make this looks so easy I think I can tackle this project! I think this would be great as a custom crib blanket to use in place of one of those pricy comforters

    • It is pretty easy, and I’ve seen your sewing skills with your clothing mods, so I’m sure you can do it! The hardest part is sewing the curved corners in a smooth line, but worst case just make normal square corners and you’ll be fine! :-)

  2. GREAT tutorial! I’m sure this blanket will be treasured for years to come!
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  3. Love the blanket!! Great tutorial!! My favorite baby gifts were homemade blankets for each of my girls. My girls are 19 & 16 and they still have them. They were their favorite blankets growing up and still are. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

  4. Ever the practical gift! Love the pattern!

  5. Love this! Easy sewing tutes rock!

  6. wow, I actually think I could make one of these! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
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  7. How sweet! I forget to make things like this for baby showers! I need to get my sewing groove back in full tilt!
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  8. I love minky! So soft and cuddly! I just made my first minky baby blanket for a friend, but I need to try your way. Your tip for cutting round quarters is brilliant. And I’d love to get some tags like you have. Where did you get yours?

    (You can see my minky blanket here: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2013/04/minky-rag-quilt-tutorial.html
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  9. What a lovely gift for a mommy to be!

  10. This blanket looks so cute!! Nice job!! I’m glad you linked up at Romance on a dime this week! Pinning this.
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  11. Whitney says:

    Awesome tutorial! But I made one today and am frustrated that after washing, ironing, and sewing, the cotton is sooooo wrinkly. Mine looks like yours in your last picture. But, your first pic has wrinkle free cotton…Tips? Also, after intense pinning, I still has some major shifting with the minky…Did you experience this too?

    Thanks much!!

    -Whitney

    • My cotton was super wrinkly after washing and drying it to preshrink it, but after I ironed it the wrinkles went away without any issues. Sometimes you need to wash and dry it twice for it to preshrink all the way, so if you only do one cycle and then sew it into the blanket, it’s possible it will shrink a bit more when you wash the entire blanket, and that will make it a little wrinkly. The first picture was taken right after I finished sewing the blanket, but the last picture was actually taken after my cousin (and her baby!) had been using it for a few weeks, so I think it just gets wrinkled from use too!

      I didn’t have issues with the minky shifting while I sewed it, but I know it is a sort of slippery fabric. The best tips I have are to pin it super well (which it sounds like you did!) and make sure the minky is the bottom layer when you sew it so that the feed dogs can grab it.

  12. Found your tutorial on Pinterest and the moment I saw your cute blanket, I knew I HAD to make one for my soon-to-be baby! I ordered some fabric and was actually trying to make a crib sheet with it, but I accidentally cut it at the wrong spot :( Luckily, it was the perfect size for a minky blanket though and let’s just say that I’m kinda glad I cut wrong because I absolutely LOVE the blanket! http://instagram.com/p/b4wXfmufSA/ Thanks for sharing such an easy tutorial for sewing noobs like me! :)
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  13. Candice says:

    Hi, loving your tutorial. I would love to make my twin daughters a double sided super soft minky blanket. One side patterned, the other plain, but where the patterened side is folded over to the plain side? Like a strip at the top? Any possibility of pointing me in the right direction please?

    • Your best bet is probably to do a rolled hem, which means take the patterned side, fold it around the edge of the blanket so it shows on the plain side, tuck the raw edge under, and sew the hem in that way. If you do that you don’t want to sew the whole blanket together inside out first, you just want to put the pieces together right sides out like they will be in the finished blanket, and make sure the patterned piece is an inch or two bigger all the way around (however much you want folded over and showing on the plain side, plus about a quarter inch seam allowance.) You can see a basic tutorial here: http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/romantic-bedroom-retreat-rowan-freespirit-fabrics-how-make-rolled That tutorial is for a very skinny rolled hem, and it’s only on one piece of fabric rather than a double-side blanket like you want to make, but you can follow those basic directions and make your hem however thick you want it! Sound super cute, good luck with it!

  14. Barb Goodwin says:

    Please keep in mind that Minky fabric is not fire resistant. It will melt. Do not get close to open flames. Do not heat in microwave. Minky also does not breathe.

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