Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Minky Cuddle Blankets... Do you want one?

There are details about the giveaway at the bottom of this post so make sure you check it out.

For those of you who don't know, minky is that super soft plushy fabric that is super popular to use in baby blankets.  Personally I have a love/hate relationship with minky fabric.  I love how soft and luxurious it is, but I hate that it can be a little hard to work with, it stretches, it sheds, and if you forget and put it in the drier it looses some of its extra softness.
There is also nothing softer and nicer to wrap a little baby in and makes people feel extra special when you give them a blanky made with it.

There are 3 different ways I make minky blankets.  And I think I should make it clear that this is just how I make them.  It may not be "right" but it works for me.  Usually I like to make them in 30 X 30 inch squares.  Two reasons.  I like to use them as a travel blanket with the car seat and that slightly small size makes it easier to carry around and minky comes 60 inches wide so I can make two from one 30 inch cut.  Oh plus they are like the perfect size for a toddler to tote around cuddling on.

The first way and my least favorite way it to put the two pieces of fabric you plan on using, right sides together, pin them together a ton about 2 inches from the edges, cut them out so they are the same size, then sew or serge around the edge leaving an opening so you can then turn it back around.  Then sew around that outer edge.   The reason I don't really like doing it this was is because it seems like the minky always moves or stretch on me and then there is a weird pucker in the blanket.  Sometimes it works out fine and sometimes I am like "Oh Man."

Did you get all that?  Well if you didn't, here it a very detailed tutorial on the matter.  :)   But to often for me it is more like "I don't like to do it...It is not a pretty sight"  Did you get the Aladdin reference there? I actually said it like he genie well I typed it because I am that big of a dork.  Okay Moving on.

The second way is the fastest way and usually always turns out great.
You start by laying your fabrics down WRONG sides together.


Get them lined up really nicely.  If you are serging the edges then just pin it a ton and you are good to go.  I like to put my serger on the napkin edge setting because I think it is a little prettier, but just serging it will do the trick.  I also don't bother with trimming them even since the serger will cut it too.  If you don't have a serger you can still do this.  You will just have trim the edges nice and even then put your sewing machine on the zigzag stitch and let it stitch over the edge on the outside.

I can whip one of these out in about 20 mins.


This is the one made for my sister.  Did you notice the little bottles and rattles in the paisley.  It matches perfectly with her diaper bag, car seat tent cover, nursing cover, sling, and wipey case.  (I will be going over how to make most those items next week.)

Now to the 3rd and final way I like to make cuddle blankets.  This is my favorite way.  I think they are the cutest (mainly because I like any excuse to add yet another fabric to something.)

Okay so way #3, to bind it.


To make these you once again lay them down right sides together, pin them a bunch, and trim them to the same size.  Then make the binding.

Cut a 3 inch wide strip that will be long enough to go all the way around the outside of the blanket with a little extra.




With the bottom a little wider than the top you can sew right on the very very edge of the top of the binding you know you are also getting to bottom sewn down well.

See how I stitched on the edge on the minky side and how there is a little bit extra on the animal side.  I just pick a good spot to start sewing it on, and then when I get to the end I kinda fold it back on its self a little the raw edge it all covered up.



And Now for the giveaway!

I am giving one of my wonderful followers their choice of one of these two blankets.


Purple or blue it is up to you.



Here are the rules and how to enter:

1. You must be a Corner House follower.
2. You have to leave a comment telling me what color you would pick and why.
And you need to make sure I will be able to tell you when you win.

And that is it!

How easy is that. Be a follower and tell me what you want.

I will be keeping this giveaway open all month.  Sorry you will have to wait so long to pick which one you want.

48 comments:

  1. I'm a follower and I love the blue!

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  2. 1st one to comment :) yes. I win!

    but i don't know what color... yet. can i get back to you on that one? say, how about in one week? great! :)

    and you know how to reach me.

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  3. Of course I follow your cute blog! I love all these blankets! Both of the blankets are super super cute. Love em!

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  4. I forgot to leave a color I love blue!

    shellyhectic@yahoo.com

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  5. I am a new follower. I love them both. I have boys and girls so I am good either way!

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  6. I am a follower of yours, ad loveeeee the flower one! It is gorgeous and I just know my niece will love it! {no kids yet} :[

    my name is debberdoo!

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  7. Hi. I'm a new follower! I love your blog. And I LOVE the blue polka dot blanket. I have a 5 month old baby boy who would look so snuggly in it ...but my 20 mo. old daughter would also love it because her latest obsession is "raffs" (giraffes).
    mccormickrt@gmail.com

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  8. Hi Laura! I love to catch up on your blog from time to time. You have so many beautiful projects going on and ironically I was just telling my husband about your little guy popping out the window screen the other day. well, we know we're having our 3rd and our gender ultrasound was today but we decided to keep it a surprise. Sooo I guess we'll go with the blue!

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  9. I'm a follower! Blue, because I am having a baby boy in June and it's cute! My E-mail address is: aliciawalters99@gmail.com. Or, I'm on Facebook or you can reach me on my blog: www.aliciawaltersblog.blogspot.com. Yay for give-aways! :-)

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  10. Difficult choice. I'd say the purple. Cute!

    marinsoup at gmail dot com

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  11. I love the blue. Because my son doesn't have a snuggly blanket, even though I made my daughter one super early. He definitely needs one.

    I'm also a follower. erin m shipley at gmail dot com

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  12. im a follower !!!!! i love them both so either way... if i win the purple i will keep it for my baby girl due in june ( i have three boys so purple will be nice ) but if i win the blue i have many many friends and family who would love this as a gift !!!!!
    narsenault@maine.rr.com

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  13. I am a new follower of your blog. I love the blanket with the blue binding. It would be perfect for my son. :)

    ricki_22@hotmail.com

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  14. I'm a follower! I like the blue!

    allisonandgabby at yahoo. com

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  15. I am a new follower. Love love love your puffed quilts.I love them all. the green speaks to me. I tried making one ten years ago. knowing nothing about them, it was so hard. I never let any one use it. Pamela ward wardpamelas@yahoo.com

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  16. I am a follower and I love the blue, but my baby due in 8 weeks would love the pink! :) Heidi made the Tiffany puff quilt for Peyton. I just LOVE it!!!

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  17. I'm a follower! I love love love them both but since I have a tiny baby boy I'm going with blue on this one :)

    kirsten_13@hotmail.com

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  18. I am a new follower...If I was to win your blankey - I'd like the purple. Thanks for this opportunity!!! Happy Friday!

    spicychica27@hotmail.com

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  19. I can't decide!My girls would love the purple one!
    nathania.a@gmail.com

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  20. I am a new follower (found you through Heidi at Honeybear Lane). My 16 month old would LOVE the blue one. He's really into animals right now and can't sleep without a soft blanket so this would be perfect :) I'm at KClark0812@gmail.com.

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  21. I am a new follower. I'm finding out what I'm having on Tues so I don't really know what color I would want yet. I'm so excited I found you through HoneyBear Lane. I can't wait to see all your baby projects...I want to be hands on making stuff with this baby since I wasn't with my first. nawagstaff@yahoo.com

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  22. My little boy would love love love the blue one! They are both so cute!!

    jamiehebdon at yahoo.com

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  23. I ama follower and i love the blue one. i love dots and blue so looks like it was made for me!! plus My wee boy would love it as he loves animals!! Great giveaway.
    pegfalbo@yahoo.com

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  24. I'm a new follower of your blog (and I'm loving it so far!). I would pick the blue one because it would be perfect for my little baby boy! Besides, I'm expecting #2, and whether it's a boy or girl, blue always rocks!

    helen_ono at hotmail dot com

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  25. They're both cute but I like the purple one! jlansing84 at yahoo.com

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  26. I'm a follower of your blog!!! I would pick the blue one because I have a son, but I wish I could pick the pink one because it's so beautiful too!!!

    Love your blog so far!

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  27. I am a new follower and love your blog. So glad I found it! Purple is my favorite color so I would have to choose purple :)

    cara.hanson@gordon.edu

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  28. Im a new follower - love the purple one!

    skinnerjulianne@yahoo.com

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  29. I love the blue one...oh, and I'm a follower!

    jenni_pooh86(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Just started following today!! Yay. Love these blankets and I think I'd choose the purple one because I'm trying to get my daughter to get a new "must have" blankie. Hers started pink and now I'm not sure what color you'd call it...gray I guess. It's just time for a new one, that's all I know!

    bonniemichelle.7@gmail.com

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  31. Hey there, I am a new follower! I actually found you through Heidi's blog HBL! I love her blog and actually find your personality to be kinda similar! You guys have a cute sense of humor that makes me crack up when I read your blogs at work!...If I win (fingers super duper crossed) I would love the pink blankey!! My daughter needs a lovey still, since my son is already attached to his blanket and I think this one would be perfect!! Thanks!
    Sweetstkissez22@yahoo.com

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  32. How beautiful and fuzzy!!! I would pick the blue one because I have a little boy :o) Thanks for the giveaway. Im a new follower!
    Heather
    Luv2smle83@gmail.com

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  33. Purple all the way! Beautiful work. I am now a follower.

    lellaboutique@gmail.com
    lellaboutique.blogspot.com

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  34. I like 'em both, but keep going back to the blue one as my choice! Can't wait for more baby projects as I have a newborn who needs one of them all! ;)

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  35. I'm a new follower and I'd choose the blue since I'm due to have my boy in about a month.
    sethdeziATgmailDOTcom

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  36. Hi Laura. I'm brand new to your blog. I love to follow talented girls like you! I can almost feel the softness of those blankets. The very first one you posted is the color I'd like and here's why. My MIL, who is 90 with Alzheimer has been having a lot of medical problems and we now have her in a nursing home. I just redid a bulletin board for here room in that same beautiful green. She loves to rub her pants or sheet or anything between her two fingers and she likes to fold things, towels, rags,etc. This would be so soft for her. I know it would bring her so much joy and it would be the perfect size for her to have in her wheelchair. Believe me it would be hard for me to part with and I wouldn't if it was anyone else but her. You can read more about here and see the bulletin board on my blog here:
    http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/2011/03/before-and-after-memo-board-giveaway.html. I'm also having a giveaway and would love you to visit. Sorry I took so much space, just wanted to share.

    Hugs...Tracy :)
    cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

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  37. I pick blue for my baby boy! Love it!

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  38. im a follower.. I love them! I'd go for pink but will be gladly to get either :)

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  39. Gorgeous! I'd go for blue, because I'm having a little boy in June!
    ky.jackson@gmail.com

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  40. I am new follower... love your site already. Looking for some new projects although I really don't have a lot of time for crafting... well somehow I make it I guess! I am a mom of 5 our latest little one due this fall. I'd go for the blue since we are holding out for God to reveal his gift. sholzemer@yahoo.com

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  41. I'm a new follower! I found you through the HoneyBearLane site. I'm due with my first baby in June. I'd take the pink. Since we're having a girl, but I'd totally sport the blue on my little girl as well. I'm not a pink & frilly kind of mom.
    Love your site, I went back and read a ton of your old posts. I'm saving up change here and there to purchase myself a sewing machine. As a stay-at-home-mom, I need something to keep my sanity.
    jaqidec04@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  42. I'm a follower and I would choose blue, of course. And wow, Laura, you have been busy this month! I just caught up on your baby month... Impressive:)

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  43. Hi there! I am a new follower. I would love to have the colors pink, black and white if I could choose. Those are the colors in my little girl's room. My sweet little Scout would love to cuddle with one of those adorable blankets.

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  44. I am a new follower and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the blue one. I wish I could make these...they are lovely!!

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  45. I'm a new follower, found your blog through HBL. I've loved your baby month, such great ideas and inspiration! I would pick the blue one because I just had a baby boy 10 days ago! Thanks!
    hpickett183(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. As the beginner, I just searching via google to find material to help me, thank you!

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  47. You inspire me! You can whip out one in 20 minutes!!! In my dreams I could whip one out in an hour. I just bought a secondhand serger and it needs a pedal and I am anxious to get it going and try it out. Love your work! Nice tutorial!

    susan

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  48. I'm a new follower and I found you on a Facebook site I follow and your baby stuff is so nice especially the car seat cover up. I just use a blanket and can't afford the more expensive ones so I will definitely try your idea. If I had to choose a color of your minky blanket I would choose the blue one. My contact is kdcollins84@gmail.com. Thanks and I love your ideas.

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