Sew a Minky rag quilt either as a lap quilt or a new baby quilt. This super-soft quilt is great for the beginning quilter. A simple DIY craft tutorial idea.
There is something about snuggling under your favorite blanket and watching a movie, reading a book, or taking a nap. Most of my kids have their favorite blanket but my daughter has been asking me to make a quilt just for her. She has a quilt that her Grandma made her when she was born, but that poor thing is barely a blanket anymore. It is full of holes and I am pretty sure there isn’t an ounce of batting left in it. That quilt has been very well-loved.
It is only fair that my daughter has a favorite blanket to snuggle too, so I pulled out my sewing machine and got to work.
My inspiration came from Mia Dolce Originals. Isn’t this a gorgeous rag quilt?
How to Make a Rag Quilt With Minky
The quilt I made really was a group effort. I brought it to my Mom’s house for a fun sewing day and got a lot of help from my Mom and my SIL. Because of their help, we were able to knock it out pretty quick.
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- 2 1/2 Yards Minky
- 2 1/2 Yards Flannel (used for the batting)
- 2 1/2 yards Cotton
- split into 5 different patterns so 1/2 Yard of each pattern
To plan for the size of the quilt I wanted to make, I referenced this chart for Calculation of Required Quilt Squares by Jubilee Homespun Inspiration. This chart will show you how many squares you will need for the size of the quilt you are wanting to make. I went with the small (30″ x 54″) quilt and 6-inch size squares.
What is Minky Fabric
Minky fabric is a very soft, plush fabric is often used to make baby blankets, baby clothing, and baby accessories. Minky fabric is 100% polyester and can be slippery to sew. The fabric will shed fibers during the sewing process and the first several washes. That is completely normal.
Begin by cutting all of the fabric into 6-inch squares. Then layer all of the pieces before sewing begins. This will make the layers more quick to grab. Layer -> Cotton print facing down, flannel, Minky facing up.
Sew an X, corner to corner on each square. I made a chain of squares, not cutting them apart until I stitched through all of the squares. This is a big time saver. Then do the same thing, sewing the stitch across the opposite corners.
The Minky fabric sheds like crazy when you are cutting and sewing. Those little fibers get everywhere and float around in the air. We all had a good laugh when mom pulled out a mask to wear, those pesky little fibers kept going her nose. It was funny, but a great solution!
After my mom had enough of those little fibers she passed the task on to my SIL.
Sewing the Squares Together
When all of the squares are sewn with the X, lay them out on the ground to lay out the pattern making sure that no duplicate squares are laying next to each other.
Sew the layered squares together in rows, making a 5/8 inch seam. Then stitch the rows together, matching up the seams on each row and keeping the seams all on the same side of the quilt.
Finishing your Edge
When all of the squares and rows are sewn together it will look like you are done, but not quite. One of the best parts of rag quilts is the fringed edge around each square of the blanket. To get this effect, take a sharp pair of scissors to the side of the quilt with the seams and make little cuts down to the stitch line. I cut about every 1/3 inch. This is a bit time consuming, but totally worth the finished look. Then when you wash it all of those raw edges
The final step is to wash and dry the quilt. All of those edges will fluff and separate and become super cute and soft!
I absolutely love how this Minky rag quilt turned out I just know that my daughter is going to love it! Hopefully, I can wait until Christmas to give it to her.
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