Minky baby blanket

So, when the BFF asked me to make baby L a sleeping blanket she was gracious enough to send me some fabric.  She purchased a brown minky fabric and a white and brown cotton pattern.  While it was cute and soft, it was going to take me a few extra steps if I wanted to use it for the sleep sack.  So I asked her if I could use it for something else instead, and she asked for a blanket.

SWEET!  Something easy!

I found a few tutorials (here, here, and here) but decided to go with this one in the end.  I did change it a bit as I wanted a rounded edge instead of straight.  I’ve realized that I like to read a few different tutorials on every project that I take on.  I think it helps me solve problems that might arise.  It also seems that I can take a little of one tutorial and mix it with another to make it easier on myself.  Oh, I also have to mention that the tut I went with recommended “cutting” the cotton fabric by ripping it.  When I read that I thought “bah! heck no I’m no ripping it!”  It *totally* worked though, and much quicker and straighter than cutting it.  I’ll definitely be using that technique for now on.

Here’s the finished product…


I did notice the minky fabric is a little more difficult than the cotton.  It’s stretchy and moved around a lot even though I pinned the crap out of it.  By the end there was a bit of extra that I had to cut off around the edge.  Other than that, took me 30 minutes to finish it up once the fabric was cut.