Why I love Cuddle®: An Introduction to Shannon Fabrics

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At Fabric Depot we have big love for Shannon Fabrics and their Minky Cuddle® and Embrace™. We've been posting about them on our Social Media channels a lot lately. If you've missed it, scroll to the bottom to follow us, and feel free to leave us comments while you're down there! 

We reached out to Shannon to partner on this post. We want to make sure that if you have never worked with Minky before, you will want to now. I had no idea you could applique this fuzzy goodness and I HAVE worked with Minky before! We are hosting Shannon classes next weekend for you to learn from the Shannon experts themselves on March 24 and March 25. Without further ado, I will let Renee from Shannon Fabrics tell you why she's got a case of the Cuddles.




I’m Renee and I love fabric, quilts, and sewing! In fact, there are three things I love more than anything: my kitties, Cuddle® from Shannon Fabrics and Fabric Depot’s Cuddle® department (maybe a few more things too… LOL). I have been shopping at Fabric Depot since it opened in 1992, already 25 years! Happy Anniversary, Fabric Depot! As the largest retailer of fabrics and sewing notions west of the Mississippi it is hard to imagine anything they don't carry or can't get for you. I’m going to take some time and share with you a bit about my experience with Cuddle® and with Fabric Depot.

My favorite department at Fabric Depot is their large selection of Cuddle® by Shannon Fabrics. This is, perhaps, my favorite find in the 44 years I have been sewing, so I thought I’d introduce you to Shannon Fabrics and all things soft and plush. If you’ve visited the Fabric Depot store and their Cuddle® or faux fur departments, you’ve probably seen and felt the softest fabrics ever! Here’s the Fabric Depot mascot on a Cuddle® quilt- Nelly likes Cuddle® too! You might even see her at the shop next time, and you can sometimes catch her on Instagram!


 Nelly mascot Cuddle Blanket 


You might ask, what is Cuddle® fabric and why do I like it so much? Cuddle® is a microfiber plush fabric. It is 100% polyester, and has a smooth, ultra-soft surface. It is great for apparel and accessories, quilting, baby products, home décor, pet beds and accessories, and more. It’s washable and easy to care for. Cuddle® from Shannon Fabrics is the best quality available!

My favorite things to make with Cuddle® are quilts, throw blankets and baby blankets. I make them for myself but also for gifts. I love to applique with Cuddle® too.

So, now a bit more about Shannon Fabrics. The company offers Cuddle® (Minky) plush fabric, Cuddle® Suede, Embrace™ (100% cotton double gauze), Terry Cloth, Faux Fur, Tissavel Faux Fur, Solid Silky Satin, and other novelty fabrics.


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Since I love to applique with Cuddle® so much, thought I’d share a few of my favorite quilts with you.


Lime Camo Shannon Cuddle


Red Black Hearts Shannon Cuddle


Pink Lime Hearts Shannon Cuddle


Floral Applique Shannon Cuddle


Cowboy Cuddle Shannon


Ready to be hooked on Minky? Click the links or head to the Portland store to see more samples, get ideas, and FEEL the softness to believe it!

Ask questions & comment below!

Don't forget to share your Minky (or any other) makes with Fabric Depot on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, and Twitter using #fabricdepot & #inspirationbytheyard!! 

Share with Shannon Fabrics on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter using #shannonfabrics & #cuddle.

Happy Sewing and Enjoy!

Hugs, Renee

Tags:  Shannon Fabrics , Minky , Cuddle , Quilt , applique , Embrace , Baby , Pet , anniversary sale



March 17, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Hi there and Happy Anniversary!
We're happy to celebrate with you and help make Fabric Depot a softer place.
Many soft hugs, Ellen


Angela Short

April 13, 2017 at 2:36 PM

All these are so beautiful!! I hope to one day use Shannon cuddle and double gauze. Sew pretty!!


Lynn Rickman

July 21, 2017 at 7:25 AM

Is there one that looks like deer hide? My granddaughter wants a blanket with a solid minky on one side and faux deer hide on the other.


Hannah (Sewcial Media Coordinator)

July 21, 2017 at 11:06 AM

@Lynn Rickman, thanks for your question! We found some Minky Cuddle in a Fawn print in-store, check your email we've sent you all the details!