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.
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.
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.