Not Minky or Minky

Imagine being wrapped in a blanket made of a fiber soft and smooth enough to rival cashmere or mink on a cold night. Welcome to the world of minky. Using a modern version of microfiber technology that gives us sweat-wicking sportswear and ultra suede, Minky is a hugely popular fabric often used for lap duvets and baby bedding. Sometimes described as a microfiber Chenille, Minky is surprisingly durable and easy to care for.

While browsing through a fabric store, it’s fun to run your hand through the delicate velvety surface of Minky fabric, but you may also be wondering how hard it is to sew a Minky. With its slightly stretchy character and clearly steerable texture, Minky fabric presents some challenges to the sewer. Fabric tends to slip and curl slightly during sewing and can leave a lot of fluff and fluff when cut.

On the other hand, a quilt backed with Minky fabric is always a popular gift and will remain treasured for years to come. To make your sewing experience less frustrating and more successful, here are ten tips for crafting Minky.

  1. You don’t have to worry about prewashing as it’s made from minky polyester, but if you’re using other fabrics in your duvet, it’s imperative that you prewash them.
  2. Never iron Minky directly. It will ruin the nap in the fabric and any embossments such as dots or pits.
  3. Be aware of the nap as you cut, and you need to cut accordingly if you want it to fit your finished product a certain way.
  4. Use a rotary cutter when cutting minky. You can keep a handheld vacuum close by and/or shake every part outside to clean it. If the fibers bother you, consider using a painter’s mask when cutting.
  5. Never cut Minky and do not use a stationary or ceiling fan in the same room.
  6. Minky tends to slip a little while sewing, so always put the Minky on the bottom next to the gears when sewing.
  7. Use a universal needle size 80/12, longer stitches and a ½ inch seam allowance.
  8. Consider pinning, basting, or using a water-soluble glue or tape to prevent the fabric from slipping as you sew.
  9. Minky should wash great, but test a sample piece first. Wash in cold water and tumble dry flat or in a cool setting. Minky does not lose its softness even after repeated washings.
  10. Minky will melt, so don’t heat them with a blanket in the microwave, and remember that this fabric is not flame retardant, so keep it away from open flames.

Minky is clearly harder than cotton when making blankets or quilts, but the results are worth the effort. Give yourself plenty of time, pin-pin-pin and don’t cut corners. One last thing, get ready for the enthusiastic response you are sure to get from the lucky buyer of your Minky piece.

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