Fabric 101: Sewing with Minky Fabric

Fabric 101: Sewing with Minky Fabric

It’s no surprise self-binding baby blankets and throw blankets top the list when it comes to the most popular sewing projects and patterns for minky fabric, and trust us, we’ll cover those. But today, we’re especially excited to highlight several other minky fabric sewing projects that are easy to make, functional and look great, too!

Cuddle®, the trademarked brand of high-quality minky fabric by Shannon Fabrics, is one of the most versatile and useful fabrics around. Not only is minky super soft, durable and available in a wide range of colors and patterns, but it can be used in ways you might not expect.

From quilt backings to apparel, here are nine of our favorite sewing projects and patterns for Cuddle® minky plush fabric:

Minky Plush Fabric Self-Binding Baby Blanket Pattern

Due to its overwhelming popularity, we had to start our list with a minky plush fabric self-binding baby blanket (say that five times fast!). The color combinations are virtually endless, and Shannon Fabrics manufactures their minky plush fabrics in regulated and certified factories to guarantee their fabric is both hypoallergenic and toxin free.

self binding baby blanket

Click here for their free self-binding baby blanket & lovies pattern. It outlines all the fabric requirements and supplies required to make the blanket, as well as step-by-step cutting and blanket assembly instructions. If you’d like to supplement this pattern with some visual aids, Shannon Fabrics National Educator Teresa Coates shares her tips on how to sew a self-binding blanket in Cuddle® minky fabric here.

Minky Plush Fabric Throw Blanket Pattern

In case you were feeling a bit jealous of the cute self-binding baby blanket above, don’t worry, we have something for adults, too! This minky plush fabric throw blanket is super easy to make and give as a gift — or make two and keep one for yourself! It can be sewn with a variety of minky fabric textures and colors, and adds a bit of luxury and warmth to any home.

minky throw blanket

You can find the free Shannon Fabrics minky luxe throw blanket pattern here, complete with Teresa’s fabric and supplies recommendations.

Minky Plush Fabric Pillowcase Pattern

Keeping a variety of minky fabric pillowcases in the closet is an easy way to switch things up as seasons (or moods) change. This eight-step minky fabric pillowcase pattern makes sewing a breeze, and the dimensions can be customized depending on the size of your pillow.

cuddle pillow

Feel free to get creative here — this pattern works great for not only basic minky solids, but embossed minky fabrics, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, this Silly Cuddle® Monster Pillow pattern is a fun challenge and a great gift for a little monster in your life.

silly cuddle pillow

Minky Plush Fabric Strip Quilts (Quilt-as-you-Go)

Strip quilts, also known as “quilt-as-you-go” quilts, are one of the most popular ways to create a quilt at home. Not only are they simple and easy to manage, but they also look amazing and can be customized in just about any way you can imagine. Strip quilts look especially nice made from Cuddle® minky plush fabric, and they’re comfy and cozy right from the start.

minky strip quilt

You can always create a minky strip quilt from the stash you have at home, but don’t forget Shannon Fabrics Cuddle® kits give you all the fabric you need to get started. Teresa has put together tips for sewing an irresistibly-cute strip quiltShannon Fabrics Bambino Cuddle® Kit with pattern.

Minky Plush Fabric Machine-Quilted Backing

Take your minky plush fabric quilt to the next level with machine quilting! This style of quilting adds a beautiful texture to any quilt, and Cuddle® minky fabric can be machine or long-arm quilted with or without batting. Batting is recommended for large quilts, as it adds more structure, weight and gives the quilting more definition.



Are you already envisioning machine-quilted backing on your next project? This free downloadable tip sheet on Machine and Long-Arm Quilting with Cuddle® is a great place to start. They’ve also created resources on preparing your Cuddle® minky fabric quilt backing for machine quilting, as well as tips on machine quilting with Cuddle® minky fabric.

Minky Plush Fabric Pet Bed Tutorial

If you’ve ever left a minky throw blanket laying around, you know how much of an animal magnet minky fabric can be! Cats and dogs like Cuddle® for the same reasons we do — it’s warm, cozy and soft, and it’s durable enough for years of daily use (machine washable is a big plus, too!). Shannon Fabrics partnered with Rob Appell (formerly of Man Sewing) to create this Cozy Cuddle® Dog Bed.

pet bed

It’s easier to make than you’d expect, and his step-by-step video outline shows all the little details you need to know when working on the project. Like everything on this list, feel free to pick Cuddle® minky colors and textures that fit your décor best (or your dog’s favorite color).

Minky Plush Fabric Apparel Patterns

By now you should be starting to realize just how versatile Cuddle® minky plush fabric really is, but you might be surprised to know it’s also great for apparel. We’ve seen minky used for anything from jackets, coats and cozy loungewear, to hats, vests and scarves. Minky fabric has a great feel for all day wearability, and the wide variety of colors can pull together a fun outfit.

luxe cuddle jacket image

Shannon Fabrics has lots of FREE video tutorials and patterns available, including a two-part video tutorial on how to sew a robe in both minky fabric and waffle terry cloth.

Minky Plush Fabric Puff Quilt Tutorial

This free Cuddle® Minky Fabric Puff Quilt project is one of the most-popular tutorials by Shannon Fabrics! Minky puff quilts are some of the cutest quilts to sew, and can be made in any size for any occasion. Plus, since it’s made with Cuddle® minky plush fabric, it can be enjoyed immediately with no break-in period. Once you’ve made this minky puff quilt, we recommend tackling their Tuscan Cuddle® quilt pattern or minky strip quilt next!

Minky Plush Fabric Applique

Did you know Cuddle® minky plush fabric works great as an applique? As long as you use the right techniques, a minky fabric applique can make a sewing project pop by adding extra color and texture.

applique sailboat

We admit, there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to working with minky plush fabric, especially as an applique. Here, Shannon Fabrics has provided tips and tricks on how to use minky fabric as an applique, although a general knowledge of fusible applique techniques is assumed. This beautiful applique sailboat pillow pattern is perfect for a nautical-themed room or vacation getaway.

Looking for more?

We hope you’re inspired and ready to start sewing! As you can see, Cuddle® minky plush fabric can be used in a wide variety of sewing projects. These are just a handful of examples — once you work through this list, be sure to check out the complete library of Shannon Fabrics free patterns and video tutorials that cover a wide range of minky plush fabric projects.

They’ve also compiled a collection of free resources that include tips and tricks on how to sew with minky plush fabric, and they publish blog posts on a regular basis for plenty of sewing inspiration. To purchase Cuddle® minky plush fabric for your next sewing project, be sure to browse our wide selection of over 1,500 irresistible fabrics from Shannon Fabrics!

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