Hey everyone! It’s me, Jayme, aka “Finding Sweet Land” in the quilting community, back on the Shannon Fabrics blog. I made this cute Cuddle® minky fabric fox blanket, so here’s a quick tutorial!
When I saw this adorable quilting cotton fox fabric by Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman, I knew I wanted to do something with it.* I decided to make a blanket with Cuddle® minky fabric on one side and the cotton print on the other.
*Note: the pink fox fabric has been discontinued by the manufacturer, but it is still available in aqua. Find it here.
I went one step further! I took an image from the fox print, recreated and enlarged it, then incorporated it into a Cuddle® minky applique shape on the back of the blanket.
Now, I must be honest, when I first started quilting, the thought of appliqué made me want to run for the hills (appliquéing with cotton, that is)! Using Cuddle® minky fabric as an appliqué substrate is so easy! Cuddle® is a knit polyester minky fabric, which means that when it’s cut it doesn’t fray, making it the ideal fabric for all kinds of projects, especially appliqué.
I’m going to provide a quick run-down of how I made this blanket.
First off, since Cuddle® minky fabric doesn’t shrink, I prewashed the cotton fabric first. The shrinkage was minimal.
Finished size is approx. 34 inches x 41 inches.
- One yard of Cuddle® 3 Saltwater (back)
- One yard of Fabulous Foxes in Pink, Design: Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (front)
- Quarter yard or a large scrap of Solid Cuddle® 3 Fuchsia (applique)
- Basic sewing supplies
I used an Auriful thread in the closest color I could match to the Solid Cuddle® 3 Fuchsia.
I used some of my fave notions from our trusted partners
- Press the cotton fabric to make it easier to square up
- Cut the Cuddle® to same size as the cotton fabric
- Pick a motif and freehand draw it on the smooth side of paper-backed fusible web. Using an iron set to medium heat, and using a pressing sheet, press the bumpy side (adhesive side) of the fusible web to the wrong side of Cuddle® big enough to use for your motif. Cut out your applique. Use the pressing sheet and iron to adhere the applique to the large piece of Cuddle® fabric (be mindful of the nap of the Cuddle®).
- Using a blanket, zig-zag, or straight stitch, stitch around the applique to secure it to the Cuddle® fabric.
- Place the Cuddle® and cotton fabrics right sides together. If there is a direction to the cotton fabric, be sure the nap of the Cuddle® and the direction of the cotton print are going from top to bottom.
- Pin well.
- Sew around the perimeter of the rectangle using a 3/8 – ½” seam allowance. Be sure to leave an opening for turning.
- Clip corners and turn right side out.
- Topstitch to finish.
We have so many tips and tricks available to help you navigate your way through any appliqué project you make using Cuddle® minky fabric. Here is a tip sheet on applique.
What do you think? Will you make one? If so, tag #diyfoxblanket on Instagram. You can also follow me at @findingsweetland on Instagram.
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