MINKY – the fabric that babies and children adore!By
Do you know what minky fabric is? Oh my, you should! At Relief Share, we love minky! (sometimes it is spelled minkee)
Minky fabric is a plush, microfiber fabric. It is incredibly soft and smooth to the touch. Minky fabric comes in all sorts of styles, colors and patterns. There are nearly 400 varieties, from prints and patterns of licensed characters to simply raised, dotted styles. Minky fabric is used to construct blankets, typically for small children down to infant age. The texture provides comfort and a smooth surface to cuddle against or lie on.
Using minky fabric as a sewing material can be challenging, but there are tips that can help. Cut minky with a rotary cutter to cut down on the inevitable mess of fuzz. Although time consuming, pin minky every one to 1.5 inches. Minky has a tendency to curl, so give a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch.
Minky fabric, a polyester microfiber, is an excellent choice for plush baby blankets, warm, soft hats, cuddly stuffed animals and any other project that calls for plush fabric. You’ll find Minky is easy to sew, but it does handle differently from other fabrics. In order to create Minky items that look like professionally sewn pieces, you must adjust your sewing approach to accommodate the fabric’s unique qualities.
It is the fabric that babies and children adore. It is dreamy, soft, luscious, snuggly fabric that soothes a little one at a doctor’s visit, it is what a soft cuddly bunny is made of that dries the tears of a child in a car accident, it is the blanket that a little boy suffering from cancer reaches for to help him through his chemo treatment.
Relief Share makes soft minky diaper covers for children in body casts so their discomfort is minimized and the covers are made for children of all ages. We also put the Shriners label on the diaper covers for the hospital to easily identify. All kinds of blankets, soft toys and garments are made here at Relief Share to be given out in donations for the sick and needy.
Minky is easy to sew with, very desirable and can work miracles in a child’s life. The other thing that minky is – is expensive. Relief Share rarely has the kind of funds that it takes to provide minky for the volunteers to work with in making items that are needed in the hospital, crisis center and homeless shelters.
Due to the love of a very sweet angel who watches over our humanitarian efforts, a large donation of the dreamiest minky has arrived at Relief Share headquarters for the volunteers to create miracles with. Our gratitude and love go out to them for their kindness and generosity in sending such a much needed donation!