Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ruffled Minky Blanket Tutorial

 Minky is such a soft comfy fabric- It makes the best blankets! It is not, however, the easiest material to work with. If you follow a few simple rules, you can do it with great results!!! After lots of trial and error- here are my methods:
1 yard of cotton fabric for the body of the blanket
1 yard (or more, if you want it more ruffly) for the ruffle
1 yard of minky fabric for the back
Sewing machine

1. Wash and dry your cotton fabric. It will shrink up a bit, and the minky doesn't shrink. It is important to pre-wash the cotton to avoid a wrinkly underside  when you finish!

Cut your ruffle fabric into 5" strips. to get these strips nice and straight- I cut a 1 or 2 inch slit and rip the fabric. It will rip straight.
 2. Sew the strips together end to end to make one giant strip. Fold the strip (length-wise) and iron a crease all the way down the center of your ruffle.
 The minky fabric can be expensive. Hobby Lobby sells a pretty good selection of colors for $12.99/yard- so if you use their 40% coupon (located on their website most weeks. Every once in a while they don't offer that coupon- but if you wait a week you can bet it will be back).

3. The minky fabric is 60" wide- you can get two 30" by 36" pieces out of each yard. I think this makes the perfect blanket size. This makes your blankets very affordable (if you use the coupon). Only about $4 in minky fabric per blanket!
Once you have cut your minky in half it is time to trim the cotton. One side of your fabric (the 36" side) should match up in size pretty closely. You will have around eight inches of overhang on the other side of your cotton. Trim this strip off and use it later for burp cloths, hair bows, bibs, etc. A nice little addition to a gift!

 4. It is time to sew your ruffle onto the front of your blanket. Your ruffle should be folded in half with the right sides out. Line up the raw edges of the ruffle and the blanket top, and position your presser foot to leave a two or three inch tail.
 4. About every four inches you can make (approximately) a one inch pleat. Alternate the directions of the pleat as you go. Continue until you approach the first corner.
 5. When you reach the corner you want to give yourself plenty of fabric to work with. When the blanket is opened up it will spread the ruffle out and you will need the extra. Carefully stitch slowly around the corner- making the ruffle as full as you can.
 Continue until you have gone around the entire top of the blanket.

6. When you get to the end- guess about how much fabric you will need on your ruffle to make one more pleat- and trim the excess.
You will then want to sew the two ends of the ruffle together. Open up the ruffles and put the right sides together and sew. Make your final pleat and finish attaching the ruffle.

 This is how your top should look now.
 7. Lay your top out- right side up, and ruffles going towards the inside of the blanket. Make sure the blanket is completely flat- with no wrinkles.

 8. Now it is time to attach the minky fabric.
Lay the minky fabric (right side down) on top of the cotton fabric. Again- make sure there are no wrinkles and everything is nice and flat. This is where things can get a little tricky, so take your time!
 9. Once it is all laid out pin pin and pin some more!!! This is such an important step! This is what keeps it from ending up a wrinkled, stretched out mess!
Pin your corners first, and then pin the center of each side. Then another pin in between the center and corner pins, etc. etc. until you have pins all the way around- no more than about 2" separating each one. I can't stress enough how important this is!
10. Carefully begin sewing around the blanket, removing the pins as you go. Make sure your minky is on the top, and the cotton is on the bottom. Take care not to stretch the minky at all as you go. it needs to stay flat or your blanket will be totally wonky (that is a very accurate description!) when you are done! Also, be careful that all your ruffles inside the blanket stay flat, and you don't catch them in a stitch. 
11. Leave a 4" opening so you can pull your blanket right side out. Go ahead and turn it right side out and check to make sure all the ruffles are securely sewn into the blanket and everything looks as it should. Now is the time to fix anything that may not be perfect.

 12. Turn the blanket inside-out again and trim all the excess fabric around the edges. Take care not to cut your stitch!

 Flip the blanket right side out again and get ready to top stitch.

13. When I do the top stitch, I do it with the cotton on top. Start your top-stitch at the 4"opening and stitch it closed. Continue your stitch all the way around the blanket. Pull gently on your ruffle periodically to make sure it stays nice and flat on both sides.

Cut off any loose strings- and that's that!

These are my favorite blankets! They fold up small enough to go in the diaper bag- but are big enough to use as your baby grows. And they get softer with each wash. My four year old has blankets as old as he is- and they look just as good as the first day we used them!

The perfect pajama craft- and I think all this talk of blankies made me sleepy! Night Night!



  1. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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  2. Thank you so much for the invite! We linked up!!! Love your blog!:)

  3. ADORABLE! I ♥ your craft blog!

  4. Do you need to zig zag the cotton at all? Or does it not fray much? Love this tute, so much easier than other ruffles I've seen where you need to pull the tread to make them ruffle.