Sewing With Minky Fabric: A Changing Pad Cover Tutorial

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Quilting, Sewing | Comments


If you’ve ever tried quilting with minky fabric, you know that it’s a plush material that offers excellent results for cuddly quilts. It’s often used as a backing for baby quilt or lap quilts, but can also be worked into patchwork quilt tops as well as toys, home decor and clothing.

Airplane-Themed Changing Pad with Minky Fabric

I’m excited to share a quilting tutorial for a changing pad cover made from Shannon Fabrics Cuddle, which is a high-quality minky. It comes in lots of colors, prints and textures, which is perfect for customizing to your nursery decor. Let’s get started!

Materials:

  • 54″ inches of fold-over elastic
  • 32″ wide by 48″ tall piece of Cuddle fabric
Minky Fabric

You can also combine scraps to make a pieced version. Here are the cuts I used, which together add up to 32″ by 48″ with the 1/2″ seam allowance.

  • 32″ wide x 30″ tall airplane Cuddle
  • 32″ wide x 13″ tall teal Chevron Cuddle
  • 32″ wide x 7″ tall teal Chevron Cuddle
Tip: When sewing with minky, you’ll want to make sure the nap of the fabric is going in the same direction. You can rub your hand over and feel which way the fabric naturally wants to go.
Sewing with Minky Fabric on the Machine

Tip: When joining the pieces together for a patchwork version, make sure to use plenty of sewing pins. Minky fabric has a natural stretch to it and tends to curl up, so this will help keep it aligned. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to stitch each section together.

Step 1:

Shake off the excess fabric “crumbs” from your fabric. Press the seams open. Your solid or patchwork fabric should now measure 32″ by 48″.

Cut Minky Fabric

Step 2:

Fold the cover in half width-wise, and cut an 8″ square through the corners with raw edges (the non-folded side). When you open it up, you’ll see four corners missing.

Pinning the Fabric

Step 3:

With the right sides of your fabric facing, pin together the 8″ cut edges of each corner. Stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for the other three corners, and turn the cover right-side out.

Sewing the Minky Fabric

Step 4:

Using a wide zigzag stitch, sew the fold-over elastic to the raw edge of the minky. The secret is to stretch the elastic but not the minky fabric. This takes a bit of practice, since the fabric will be sandwiched inside the folded elastic. You’ll need to adjust your grip every few inches. Keep stretching and sewing the elastic until you’ve covered the entire perimeter of the changing pad cover.

Finishing Touches for the Minky Changing Pad

Step 5:

Slip the gathered cover over the changing pad. If you’d like, cut slits into the fabric so you can feed the nylon straps through each side. Because minky fabric doesn’t fray, you won’t need to finish the edges of your slit. If you’d like, flip over the changing pad and tighten the cover by safety pinning each of the long edges to the nylon straps.

Finished Minky Changing Pad - Craftsy.com

Here is the finished changing pad cover, which makes a great baby shower gift! It’s easy to remove and throw in the washer, though it never hurts to have an extra on hand.

Do you enjoy sewing with minky fabric? What is your favorite project to make?

Comments

  1. Starr Black says:

    I made a pullover sweater for my six year old granddaughter from a piece of red minky that was in my stash. My first experience sewing with it. I used a long pin to pull the fibres away from the top stitching, it worked well.

  2. BeeGee says:

    I have a box full of Minky that I got on sale about three years ago. I have been afraid to sew with it because of the stretch it has. This article has made it much clearer and I feel I’m ready to try using my precious Minky. I need to make a baby quilt for a dear friend’s grand-daughter and this will be the perfect time. Many thanks.