How To: Sewing with Minky
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.