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Minky Baby Block

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.


When photos of Mary's soft and oh-so-cute baby block were added to the Stitchers Showcase, requests for a similar project came pouring in. We were so inspired by Mary's work, we couldn't resist showing how to make this sweet baby block! Our version uses soft Minky fabric and ribbon tags to provide babies with a sensory experience and hours of fun -- use any fabric to fit your needs.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Four 8" x 8" pieces of Minky fabric for sides
  (this example uses two different colors)
- Two 8" x 8" pieces of print quilter's cotton
  for top and bottom
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer for topping
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Fiberfill (such as Sily Soft by Poly-fil)
- Twelve 4 1/2" length of 1/2" wide ribbon
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

Designs used in this tutorial include:

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

This video shares tips and tricks for
embroidering on Minky fabric. Steps for
making the baby block are below.

F3053, Wide-Eyed Baby Boy Owl
F3062, Wide-Eyed Baby Boy Frog
F3056, Wide-Eyed Baby Turtle
F3065, Wide-Eyed Baby Boy Dinosaur

Finished Size
: 4 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" high x 4 1/2" deep

This project was featured in the following:
Christmas Gift Guide Lookbook


Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Begin by preparing the Minky fabric for the sides.

Cut a piece of Minky fabric to
8" x 8".

Using an air-erase pen, draw a
5" x 5" square on the fabric.

Measure and mark the centers of each side. Draw lines to connect the marks; where the lines meet is the center of the square.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.


Place the template in the square so the center of the template is lined up with the center of the square. Check to ensure there is at least 1/2" of space between the edges of the design and the edges of the square.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Layer a piece of medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer, Minky fabric, and lightweight water-soluble stabilizer on top.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Hoop all three layers together. Align the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the embroidery design. Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point, and embroider the design.

A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is an excellent choice when embroidering on Minky fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
After embroidering, tear the excess water-soluble stabilizer away from the top.

Cut out the square. There is no need to cut the stabilizer away from the back.

Repeat the above steps until you have a total of four embroidered Minky squares.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Next, prepare the fabric for the top and bottom pieces.

Spray two pieces of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, then smooth the cotton fabric on top.

Cut two 5" x 5" squares from the fabric and stabilizer.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Cut four pieces of 1/2" ribbon to
4 1/4" long. 

Create loops by bringing the ends of the ribbon pieces together.

Pin the loops in place in the center of each side of one of the cotton fabric pieces (this will be the top piece).

The raw ends should extend about 1/4" to the outside of the outer edges of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Cut 8 more pieces of ribbon 4 1/4" long. 

Make and pin two loops to each of the embroidered side pieces, at the center of the bottom and right edges only.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Tack the loops to the fabric by stitching a 1/8" seam at the ends of each loop. 

Arrange the side pieces around the top piece how you want them; position the top edges of the side pieces with the outer edges of the top piece.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Align one of the side pieces with the top piece, right sides facing. Pin in place along the outer edge. 

Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge only. Start and stop 1/4 inch from each corner. 

Double stitch the seam by sewing along the first seam. This strengthens the seam and keeps the stuffing securely inside the block.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Align the opposite side piece with the top piece, right sides facing.

Pin in place along the outer edge.

Double stitch along the pinned edge only with a 1/4" seam,  starting and stopping 1/4" from each corner.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Align one of the remaining two side pieces with the top piece, right sides facing.

Pin in place.

Double stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge starting and stopping 1/4" from each corner.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Align the last side piece with the top piece, right sides together.

Double stitch it in place just like the other side pieces.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Align the side edges of the side pieces together with right sides facing and pin in place.

Double stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges only starting and stopping 1/4" from each corner.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
To add the bottom piece, align the remaining cotton fabric piece with the bottom edges of the side pieces, right sides facing.

Pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along each edge, leaving an opening between the outer edge of one of the ribbons and the nearest corner (sew over the ribbon to hold it in place).

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Turn the block right side out and stuff it with the polyester fiberfill until firm.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.

Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and hand sew the opening closed with needle and thread. Use a slip stitch, which is also called a blind hem. This type of stitch hides along the fold and tends to not unravel through wear and tear. 

To do this, start the thread in between one of the folds at one end. Then, sew through the top of the fold, making about a 1/8" stitch. 


Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Just above the fold stitch, use the needle to catch a couple of threads of the fabric on the opposite side.

Repeat this process across the opening and back again to reinforce the seam. Tie off the thread.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
The adorable baby blocks are a fabulous gift for the little loves in your life. Ribbons, cuddly Minky fabric, and bright embroidery provide hours of entertainment!

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Here's a look at the adorable baby block that Mary created. The embroidered Plush Animal designs sweetly embellishes the block, and ribbon tags give little ones something to hold onto.

Click here to view her fantastic work in the Stitchers Showcase

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Karen made these baby blocks with fun pastel fabrics for her granddaughter, Cassidy. She used the Friendship Square Alphabet designs to make these darling 3-D squares.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Emily did a beautiful job making this baby block with the Wide-Eyed Lil' Cuties designs. It's a soft and cuddly addition to any nursery.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Karen's baby blocks feature the My First Alphabet designs, and are a fun way to teach the alphabet.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Dee whipped up these baseball blocks for her grandson whose daddy is a longtime Angels fan. She added a jingle bell inside, and used the Baseball and Baseball Bear designs.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Jackie gave her baby blocks an even cushier feel with sherpa fabric and fuzzy fleece. You can find the designs she used here.

Free project instructions to embroider a minky baby block.
Gail fell in love with Mary's baby block, and made version for her church friends with their birth facts (date, time, weight, and length) on either side. She used the Plush Animals and Curlz Alphabet designs for her block.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

A Plush Animals Design Pack $37.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.88" | 3.76" x 3.92"

Baseball Bear $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.83" x 5.56" | 3.34" x 3.87"

Baseball $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

2.54" x 2.54" | 1.28" x 1.28"

A Baby Teddy Bear Design Pack $11.97

Available in 1 Size:

3.83" x 3.88"