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Embroidering on Minky Fabric

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.

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Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.


Minky fabric is a fuzzy, cuddly fabric perfect for kids projects, including baby items like blankets, quilts, and toy blocks. Get our best tips for embroidering on the soft and stretchy fabric to guarantee excellent results every time.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Minky fabric, also known as Minkee,
  cuddle cloth, and microfiber plush
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on minky fabric.


Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
One of the most popular fabrics to use for baby items is Minky. It's also called Minkee, cuddle cloth, and microfiber plush.

Minky fabric is very soft, and stretchy. It's a polyester knit, which means it's durable and washes up very well.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
Some Minky fabric will have stripes, others have dots. All
have a furry nap.

When choosing designs for this type of fabric, select designs that have solid, simple fills -- or applique designs. Those types of designs will work very well to hold down the nap of the fabric.

For example, this sheep design has a simple fill, but enough stitches to hold down the nap.

Avoid designs that are sheer, or designs like Redwork. The running stitches may get lost in the nap of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
Because Minky is so very stretchy, it needs cutaway stabilizer. Cutaway stabilizer is the non-stretch foundation that will ensure that your embroidery looks excellent, with no puckering or misalignment of stitches.

Hoop the Minky fabric with one piece of medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
Use a lightweight water-soluble stabilizer on the top to serve as topping. That prevents the stitches from sinking down and getting lost in the nap of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
Hoop all three layers together.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is a good choice when embroidering onto Minky fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
After embroidering, tear the water-soluble stabilizer away from the top.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
Trim away the excess cutaway stabilizer from the back.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
In this example, the soft and cuddly Minky fabric has been transformed into a beautiful baby blanket.

Get the free tutorial and design information here.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Minky fabric is also fabulous for kids projects like this fun baby block. Cute and colorful embroidery, ribbon pulls, and the soft fabric combine to create a fabulous sensory experience for children and babies.

Find the free tutorial and design information here.

Free project instructions to embroider on minky fabric.
Minky fabric is particularly well suited for kids' projects, as it is soft and fuzzy. Add it to quilts, blocks, blankets, and more!

Embroidering on Minky Fabric



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Stitching tips for Minky:
 

Needle 75/11 (size 11) embroidery needle
Stabilizer Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway on the back; lightweight water-soluble on top
Design Choice Choose designs with solid fills (or applique designs), as those will work very well with the plush nap of the Minky fabric. Avoid designs that are very light, such as Redwork, as running stitches will get lost in the nap.
   


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Products used in this Project:

Fluffy Lamb $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.17" x 4.85" | 3.86" x 3.62"

Argyle Crab $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.21" x 4.86" | 3.85" x 3.60"