Once I found out I was having a baby girl I went crazy for making minky baby blankets and ruffles! This tutorial is about working with minky and cotton fabric. For more information about working with minky read my previous post.
Preparing your fabric:
- Minky doesn’t shrink so pre-washing is not necessary (read my previous post about working with minky fabric here).
- You do need to pre-wash your cotton fabric because it will shrink and you do not want to draw up after you have sew it to your minky.
- Measure and cut your fabric leaving a good seam allowance. I did 1/2 inch.
- I used satin binding for my ruffle.
- I use a ruffler foot that I love but it can be temperamental. Read how to use a ruffler foot here.
- I used about 6 yards of satin binding with a light ruffle (ruffle setting of 12 stitches per ruffle) for a blanket that was 35×45 inches.
Ready to Sew
- I placed my minky on the floor right side up and pinned my ruffle down to the edges with the “raw” edge of my ruffle on the edge of the fabric.
- Then I laid my cotton with the right down (so that the right sides on the blanket are facing each other) with the ruffle sandwiched in-between. One by one I use the pins I already used to pin all 3 layers together.
- Now you are ready to begin sewing. Sew with the Minky on the bottom.
- Start several inches from a corner and sew around leaving a gap. At corners I did a rounded motion instead of a point.
- Again! BE SURE to Leave an opening big enough to turn the blanket right side out.
- Clip the corners.
- Turn the Blanket right side out.
- Fold in the edges of your opening, snip your ruffle so that it just overlaps a little, and pin. I hand sticked the gap closed using a blind/ladder stitch so that you would not see the stitching.
- Lastly I stitched over where the ruffle ends overlap.
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