Here at the Porter’s Crafting Blog we know that working with certain types of fabrics can be more difficult than others. For this reason, Pat Woodskow has helped us to put together a list of Minkee and other Cuddle Soft fabric tips that will help you while working with those particular fabrics.
Tips and tricks to help you work with Minkee fabric:
- The easiest way to use the spray adhesive in order to fuse the back and the batting together is to lay the batting onto a large table, or the floor, and then lay the backing fabrics on top. Fold the backing back half way and spray a section of the batting then fold it back. Working with smaller areas will make it easier to have control.
- After securing the backing and batting together, trim so that the edges are clean. Fold the batting/backing in half vertically and make a center line with a marker. Fold in half horizontally and make another center line. These will help with strip placements.
- A size 90 stretch needle works the best.
- A walking foot really helps. Or use pins to work with the fabric. Use a longer stitch (around a 3) and adjust your pressure so it is not too tight.
- Avoid puckers and slips by using the spray adhesive.
- Use a 3/8” – 1/2”, or a very wide seam allowance so that the fabrics do not slip as much.
- Freezer paper is a great protector when using the spray glue. Work in a well-ventilated area and protect the other areas where the overspray may hit.
- Cuddle soft fabrics are really washable. Do not be afraid to wash and love your quilt.
- The “sew and flip” method works best using an 80/20 cotton batting.
- The cuddle fabrics stretch so when cutting the strips and measuring be a little generous at first and trim later. Be sure to cut the ends of the strips to be square with the other strips.
- Use about a 2” strip for binding. Sew them together using a diagonal seam as when sewing bias strips together. Use a 1/2” seam allowance and sew the binding on the top side of the quilt. Fold the binding to the back and fold under the extra fabrics. Use a serpentine stitch or another decorative stitch to finish the binding. It can be finished by hand, but these quilts are so washable the machine binding makes the quilt very kid friendly.
Enjoy these tips by creating awesome Minkee projects like this quilt.