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« on: March 25, 2016 01:32:43 AM »

My son is due March 30th and since we only received six burp cloths at my baby shower, I decided I needed to make a few extras because they're so useful.
The ones my aunt made for me were a patchwork mixture of minky and soft flannel on one side with cotton on the other side. I really loved the feel of the minky and my fiance decided that's what I needed when I picked up a remnant of it at Hobby Lobby (I actually picked it up, petted it, then put it back but he decided that I *needed* it).

I made a pattern based on one I'd seen on Pinterest (no printer to print the one I found). The backing fabric is some Spider-Man flannel I'd had in my stash. They're 11" x 16".
These burp cloths were my first time working with minky and let me tell you, it is NOT fun to work with if you don't know what you're doing, like I didn't when I started. It slips and slides as you pin it and tries to slide around while you're sewing it, too.
To save yourself a headache, do what I did (I learned these through trial and error):
Have a lint roller handy because minky sheds like crazy when you cut it (and only when you cut it).
Use alligator clips (or those little nickel hair clips like you can find at Hobby Lobby) with your pins (clip it THEN add pins) to hold together the minky and whatever other fabric you're sewing with it (this works with minky on minky, too: I tried it with some scraps).
Place your clips about every two to three inches around the edges then put a pin or two between the clips about an inch apart. This helps prevent slippage better than the clips alone.
Make sure the minky is on the BOTTOM when you're putting the fabrics together and when you sew it on your machine.
After you've finished sewing with the minky, clean out your machine because you're probably going to have little bits of minky fluff all up inside it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016 01:48:30 AM »

Looks like a lovely idea for a baby.  I haven't heard of minky fabric before. Is it a kind of velvet? Ordinary velvet is not really suitable for babies so I would guess it is a more washable version.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016 01:55:44 AM »

Minky is a low-pile plush knit polyester fabric that has a very slight stretch to it. It feels a bit like crushed velvet and is machine washable/dryable. I've heard it feels like mink, which is where the name "minky" comes from, but as I've never felt mink, I wouldn't know.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2016 05:17:35 AM »

Thanks. Sounds like a very useful fabric if a little tricky to handle.  I've never stroked a mink either so I couldn't make a comparison.  They have teeth so I don't think they would be happy to be stroked  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016 01:34:27 AM »

These minky fabric burp clothes look so soft that I would love to put my face on them. Your baby should enjoy them.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2016 01:32:36 AM »

It's so soft! My fiance took one of the scraps and rubbed it against his face then said "If this stuff was cheaper I would want a blanket out of it."
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