psst... hey, wanna know a secret? I discovered something that makes sewing with minky / minkee SO easy!
You know minky right? It is that amazingly soft, luxurious fabric that is so popular right now, especially among baby items. Well, if you google sewing with minky, you will find a lot of comments about how it is a nightmare to sew. It stretches, the thickness of it creates a lot of drag, there is tons of lint and sometimes the stitches bunch up the fabric.
In fact, let me show you just how easy it was. I made two baby blankets, both with 100% cotton on top and minky on back.
I laid out my minky on bottom and positioned the cotton on top (wrong sides together). I folded back half of the cotton and sprayed the adhesive on the wrong side of the minky, folded the cotton back into place and gently smoothed out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Then repeated the same thing for the other half. If you are doing something larger than a baby blanket, you may want to do this with smaller sections of your quilt. If you want a little more security, place a few pins to hold the two pieces together. (sorry I don't have a picture for this step!)
Then I machine quilted wavy lines through my blocks on both diagonals. I highly recommend using a walking foot on your machine. You don't have to, but it makes it a lot easier. Use a larger stitch length (3-4mm) when sewing with minky.
Do a light spray of adhesive along the wrong side of the minky. It is a good idea to cover your quilt top with something to keep the glue off of it - mine got a little on and all the minky lint stuck to it.
Fold over 1/4 inch of the minky (wrong sides together). Go around and do this on all sides of the quilt. See how it stays put!
Cut a small triangle off the corners to reduce the bulk.
Go around the quilt again, folding up the minky to over the edge of your cotton top by 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch. You will be amazed at how well the spray adhesive works. It is just like the glue on a sticky post-it note. Pin if you would like. I put in pins about every 8 inches.
For the corners: gently tuck one side in and make a nice neat mitered corner. Tuck the top piece in 1/4 inch so the raw edge is not exposed.
Pin this for sure.
Now, go sew! use your walking foot and stitch 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the minky. It never hurts to go around twice, either on top of the first stitch or 1/8th of an inch away from the first one.
p.s.s. these quilts are for my two new nieces, each being born into a family of college football fanatics. The BYU quilt was requested and the U of U quilt will be a surprise. It was a challenge to make them cute and girly. Also the other major challenge was finding navy blue fabric. Obviously not a popular color currently.