How To Make A Minky Baby Blanket In 30 Minutes!

How To Make Minky Blanket

A few years ago I started noticing a trend in my life – people were having babies. Every few months I would get a birth announcement in the mail, a group text from an acquaintance or open Facebook to find a well-staged photo of a line of large, medium and small shoes usually attached to a cheesy tagline – “and then there were three…”

Facebook became a baby lookbook I could not escape. A newsfeed that was once foodies, exotic trips and funny dog videos seemed to overnight become a Pinterest board of nursery ideas and sonogram photos. The whiplash was a little scary, but after attending a few baby showers, I realized that this phenomenon was not a blip and it was not going away.

So what’s a girl to do? Embrace it. And that’s the story of how I got knocked up. Hahaha I’m kidding, I’m kidding. My husband and I are still mostly terrified of children and won’t be having our own for...a while. No, that’s the story of how I learned to make a baby blanket in 30 minutes.​

30 minutes, you say?!? Oh yes. It’s very simple, very easy, and very inexpensive. The best part about this blanket is that people assume it took you hours of time and planning. People also assume that it was personalized just for them. *maniacal grin*

Little do they know that you have a pile of baby blankets on reserve. (after learning how simple this technique is, you really will) So when others are handing over their gifts of rubber nipples and bizarre bugger-sucking contraptions, you will get to proudly unveil a soft homemade blankie wrapped up with a bow. Those baby showers just got a lot less unbearable, oui?​

To make one of these super sweet swaddles you don’t need much, not even very good sewing skills. Don’t believe me? After these 6 simple steps you will. Promise.​




Make Baby Blanket

Supplies

  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Thread (as much as possible, try to match this thread with the cotton fabric. The less the thread matches, the more noticeable it will be)
  • Scissors
  • 1 yd. Minky (I have been getting my minky from a wonderful online shop called Hawthorne Threads. They have beautiful colors and great quality.)
  • 1 yd. Cotton (Picking out this cotton fabric is the super fun part! The amount of quirky cute fabric out there is staggering, so don’t hold back! Be bold! Below are a few of my favorite online fabric shops. For a more detailed list of great online fabric shops, check out this blog post!)

6 Simple Steps

  1. Make a small snip with your scissors and tear the cotton fabric on each side. This ensures that the corners of the fabric are perfectly square. Many times when you get fabric off the bolt, it is not cut on the grain and will look “wonky” – like a rhombus. By tearing the fabric, you get it back on the grain. (See Quilt Terms if you are unsure what the fabric grain is.)
  2. Lay minky on the floor right side up and place the cotton on top, right side down. Trim the excess minky with your scissors.
  3. Pin around the edges, every few inches, leaving a 6” gap on one side.
  4. Sew a ½” seam around the edge EXCEPT for the 6” gap. Backstitch either side of the gap so it doesn’t rip during Step 5.
  5. Stick your arm into the hole you created in Step 4, and flip the blanket inside out. At this stage it looks a bit like a pillow case. Poke the corners out with your fingers. Pin the edges down.
  6. Start where the hole is, and sew a ¼” seam around the edges to finish your blanket. Backstitch where the seams connect to secure the thread.
Minky-Baby-Blanket-Tutorial

And that’s it! You’ve just completed your baby blanket! The first one probably took you longer than 30 minutes, but once you have made it once, the second will go sooo much faster. And then the third...and the fourth...ahhhh! So many babies! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please let me know if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, fabric recommendations, weird baby shower stories, minky blanket success stories, funny dog videos, anything! I just love hearing from you!! xo​



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34 thoughts on “How To Make A Minky Baby Blanket In 30 Minutes!

  1. Abby says:

    I’m just in awe of this small world. My sister Anne and I just each bought our first sewing machines and have been slowly starting to learn the basics. I wanted to make baby shower gifts for friends of mine so I found your tutorial on Pinterest. After going through your website, I realized I “knew” you. I lived with Abby, Natalie’s little sister, in college and we visited Natalie in Chicago a couple of times. I always loved hearing Natalie talk about her best friend Suzy and how you made quilts. Just the smallest world. Well I’m off to buy material and try this Minky baby blanket out.

  2. Liz says:

    Would it be best to pre ash the cotton fabric? I don’t want it to end up smaller than the minky after getting washed. Also, do the two layers of fabric tend to slip around?

    • Suzy says:

      If you don’t want the cotton to shrink, you should pre-wash it. The two layers of fabric kind of slip around, but because the blanket isn’t very big, it only ads to the cuddliness – unlike a quilt which would need stabilizing stitches to hold the three layers together.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hi Suzy….This is crazy 🙂 Today I bought this minky at the market….with a babyblanket in my mind….just when I’m looking around at pinterest for some additional ideas…I see your tutorial and this is just what I have in mind with this (black) minky! I’m going to make this blanket tonight..thank you so much for this great tutorial 🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    Do you have any tips for working with minky fabric? I keep reading about how slippery it is, how it stretches when your work with it. I’m a little scared lol. I have a yard I bought for a baby blanket but it’s been just sitting there for months out of fear.

    • Suzy says:

      Not neccessary, but makes the job much easier. I walking foot allows the sewing machine to gently guide more fabric through the machine with less pressure than a simple presser foot – this lessens the tugging and pulling that can happen during quilting.

    • Suzy says:

      You can do some quilting or ties if you want, but you actually don’t need it. This is a really light and flexible blanket, so you don’t need the structure of quilting to keep it together.

  5. Camille says:

    So how big of a blanket does this make? Would 1 yard be like crib mattress size? I’m trying to get a visual as I’m making a Star Wars fitted crib sheet (which will take 2yds.) & matching blanket. 🙂

  6. Debbie B says:

    Great tutorial! This also works well to use minky on both sides for a winter weather blanket. Also, I use a saucer or bread plate to round off the corners of my blankets.

  7. Anika says:

    Hello! This blanket tutorial is so great! I’m not a sewer and I was wondering if I need a special kind of needle to get though the minky fabric?

  8. Kira says:

    Is this secure enough to machine wash after? Im giving this as a gift and want to make sure it’ll be easy for them to care for!
    Thanks

  9. Mary says:

    I am making my first blanket with a minky back. I am trying to hand tie it in the middle but my needle with a big enough eye for yard won’t go through the minky. Any suggestions?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Minky is a special type of plush fabric that is like fleece – but softer and thicker. The high quality of minky fabric prevents its colors from fading and its warmth from decreasing over time.

  10. Vanese M says:

    I’m just a small local seller in my hometown. I am just curious to know if I am selling my small blankets similar to yours for the right pricing. Could you say approximately how much you would charge just for the blanket? Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I learned a different technique.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’ve never tried to sell minky blankets, but what I would do is add cost of materials + time. If materials cost about $15 and it takes you about 30 minutes to an hour to make a blanket, $25 – $40 is probably a good range.

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