How To: Sewing with Minky

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This super soft and supple fabric is great for blankets, scarves, stuffed animals and much more, but its characteristic softness can also make it a little more challenging to work with. Here are a few tips and tricks to make it easier to sew with minky fabric:

  •  Minky is 100% polyester so it will not shrink. Be sure to pre-wash/ pre-shrink any other fabrics that you will be using with Minky fabric.
  •  Minky has a 2-way stretch: stable parallel to the selvage, and stretches across the width of the fabric.
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  •  Take note of the nap on your fabric, so that it goes in the right direction on your project.
  •  Be prepared for a flurry of fuzz when you cut Minky. It can get messy! Using a rotary cutter makes it a little easier, but give it a good shake before you start pinning together to get rid of as much extra bits as possible. 
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  •  Keep some scraps and test before you sew your final project. You may need to adjust your stitch length and/or tension.
  •  Use a minimum of 1/2” seam allowance since Minky fabric tends to curl.
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  •  When sewing Minky to quilting cotton, place the Minky on the bottom, right sides together, when stitching. This often helps it feed through more evenly. Or you may use a walking foot.
  •  Pin generously to keep the Minky in the right place; it slips easily!
  •  Always use a pressing cloth and do not iron directly on Minky fabric. You can place the Minky face down on a towel and press on low heat, or steam with a pressing cloth.
  •  Clean your machine’s throat, feed dogs and bobbin case periodically as the fuzz will build up faster than you’d imagine.
  •  When making a quilt with a Minky backing, you may be able to skip the batting altogether since Minky fabric is fairly substantial and adds loft itself. 

Download a PDF of these Minky Sewing Tips here

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April 3, 2015 at 3:10 AM

Awesome help, thanks!



June 19, 2015 at 12:50 AM

Would this be about the same for working great with extremely soft velvet?



June 19, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Excellent pointers. Thank you.


Michelle Cerda

July 19, 2017 at 4:11 PM

I have pinned a lot when i have sewn with minky. A couple of times it has slipped i guess and the baby blanket was a mess!! Help!. I love those soft fabrics, but so difficult to sew with.



November 30, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Any suggestions as to needle type & gauge?



December 4, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Thanks so much!!!