What Is Minky Fabric?

By Christy Admiraal
Babies love to snuggle against soft minky fabric.

Sometimes fabrics are specific to a certain demographic or object. Older people may prefer the feel of silk to something like fleece, which would be used in a blanket or other comfort object. One variation on fleece is minky fabric.

Definition

According to minkydelight.com, minky fabric is a plush, microfiber fabric. It is incredibly soft and smooth to the touch.

Variety

Minky fabric comes in all sorts of styles, colors and patterns. On fashionfabricsclub.com there are nearly 400 varieties, from prints and patterns of licensed characters to simply raised, dotted styles.

Uses

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.

Tips

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.

Important Advice

Some of the most important things to remember are that it is a messy fabric and constant cleaning is necessary, it is a fabric that needs extensive length testing, and it should never be ironed directly.

About the Author

Christy Admiraal began her freelance writing career in 2007 as a music critic for "CCM Magazine." Since then, she has contributed to "Grand Rapids Magazine," "Grand Rapids Family," "Revue Magazine," and a number of web-based publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.