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miss_jms
« on: May 06, 2008 10:19:41 AM »

I've never worked with Minky before... it's kind of slippery and hard to get used to.  It was definitely worth it, though... it's SOOO soft.  My 4 year old daughter has autism (and sensory issues) and is in LOVE with the material.  She goes into  a trance almost when she's rubbing her hands all over the bumps, haha!



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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008 10:23:03 AM »

Can I ask your secret? Your blankets are beautiful! How did you make them? I LOVE!
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008 10:30:55 AM »

Can I ask your secret? Your blankets are beautiful! How did you make them? I LOVE!

The biggest secret?? Patience!!  Cheesy

The concept is not so hard... but the minky fabric is quite slippery to work with.  You have to pin a LOT and be really careful or it will hang kind of wonky and crooked or be puckered.

You HAVE to pre-wash the cotton on top.  Cotton shrinks, but minky doesnt (though it stretches pretty badly).  So if you wash it after sewing, it will come out a big mess.

Then I do two layers of top stitching for safety and durability.

The cost of the blankets are kind of high... minky is $12.99/yard in my area (higher to order online and pay shipping) and the cotton can be around $6-7/yard depending on what you want.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008 10:57:29 AM »

Thanks! They are absolutely adorable!
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008 12:17:00 PM »

those blankets are gorgeous!
so you use regular cotton, like quilting cotton
and not flannel? i thought it looked like flannel
(which would also be nice)
and what kind of thread do you use for that minky fabric?

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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008 02:10:05 PM »

Those look great! 
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008 02:14:50 PM »

those blankets are gorgeous!
so you use regular cotton, like quilting cotton
and not flannel? i thought it looked like flannel
(which would also be nice)
and what kind of thread do you use for that minky fabric?

Yes, I used just regular fashion cotton or quilter's cotton, as long as it's not cheap like broadcloth (which has its place and time... but not here with minky!).  Flannel would be totally awesome, but I think that it would be just too warm on top of the minky, so I opted for cotton.  Plus it's easier to find cool looking cotton fabric around here than flannel.

And I used just regular thread.  Again, not the cheap stuff, but I guess regular, so it's pretty durable.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 04:06:21 PM »

awesome
i might have to give these a shot!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008 06:36:58 PM »

those are just beautiful!  you do very nice work Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008 08:35:26 PM »

those are just beautiful!  you do very nice work Smiley

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