Whether you are a quilter who enjoys soft and cuddly quilt backs or a general sewist in search of your next handmade gift idea, there's no doubt that minky fabric is a welcome addition to your sewing stash. And although it's versatile enough to be used in projects varying from home decor to apparel, the luxurious and velvet-like fabric is commonly used when sewing for babies.
From handmade toys to baby clothing and nursery decor, here's a roundup of some of our favorite baby sewing projects and patterns.
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Changing pad cover
If you're looking for a handmade project to make for a nursery, check out our minky changing pad cover tutorial. You can make it from a solid piece of fabric or piece together your scraps to make a patchwork version. Secure your changing pad cover with fold-over elastic so it's easy to slip off and throw in the wash.
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The Giraffe Lovely Blanket pattern offers an adorable way to use animal prints and make a sweet baby gift. Pair a half-yard of minky fabric with a half-yard of satin quilting cotton or knit fabric for the blanket lining. This great minky baby gift idea will be a welcome addition to any newborn's collection.
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Minky baby quilt
Baby quilts are inherently adorable because of their small size. But when you add a minky quilt backing, the cuteness factor goes through the roof. This Minky Chevron Baby Quilt is quilted in a wide chevron design to mimic the quilt top. Leanne's quilt was created as a class project for Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple with Camille Roskelley.
Be sure to see Craftsy instructor Ann Petersen's free tutorial on backing a quilt with minky fabric.
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The beginner-friendly Mini Burp Cloth sewing pattern works with a variety of fabrics, including flannel, cotton, fleece or minky. The simple and soft cloths make great baby shower gifts. They're useful for cleaning up spills and they can also be used as plush washcloths for a newborn.
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What's not to love about Clara the Penguin? This beginner-friendly sewing pattern will guide you through some of the ins and out of sewing with minky. You'll use basic embroidery and fabric or felt pieces to add the penguin's features. This is a great gift idea for babies or older kids who'd enjoy a cuddly friend.
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Minky sewing tips
When quilting or sewing with minky fabric, you'll want to keep some basic tips in mind. Heather of The Sewing Loft shares some advice on how to make Cuddle fabrics work for you in the sewing room. This includes the importance of using sewing pins, paying attention to the direction of the nap and using a ballpoint needle.
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What kinds of projects do you like to use minky for?