Sweet Minky Tutorial

January 28, 2011

Thank you to everyone who voted for my cape, boot, and hat minky set! They’ve proven to be essential in keeping my baby warm the past few weeks and she loves them!

I posted a long tutorial on how I made my pattern pieces on my here. DO NOT IRON YOUR MINKY! If it’s got dots like mine does, you’ll iron them out. Trust me from experience here, okay?

Cut 2 sides and 1 back each for your outer cape and the lining (6 pieces total).

Starting with the lining, sew down both side seams.

Then repeat with the minky outside.

Open them up and put right sides together.

Align the side seams at the neck and pin from seam to seam. Use lots of pins to keep the minky from stretching more than the cotton lining.

Then pin from the seams to the outer shoulder.

Stitch at 1/4″ seam allowance.

Now go to the bottom, making sure to keep your fabrics laying flat so they’re even, and pin from seam to seam. Sew them together.

Move to the bottom of one side, leaving a gap about 4 inches wide to turn your cape when you’re finished, pin and sew to the edge.

Do the same up the side, sewing from bottom seam to top seam.

Repeat on the other side, but don’t leave the hole to turn through.

Then I clipped all my edges with pinking shears to make sure my curves laid flat.

Turn your cape through the hole and smooth.

To help keep my lining and outer cape pieces together, I sewed down the side seams on the outside.

Take your buttons and place them on the front of your cape, measuring how big you want your closure piece to be.

I decided I wanted it 4 inches long and 2 inches wide, so I drew the approximate shape on paper, rounded the edges, and cut out 2 pieces.

With right sides together, I sewed around the outside, leaving a little 1 inch hole to turn it through, and clipped with my pinking shears.

Turn right sides out, whipstitch the hole closed, and mark your button hole.

Make a buttonhole, hand stitch the closure on one side, and attach buttons.

And you’re done!

Now on to the boots!

For each boot, cut 2 uppers, 2 boot pieces, and 1 sole.

Take your uppers, fold right sides together, and sew across the straight end.

Lay out your boot parts. Mine are 3.5 inches wide, so I measured .75″ from the top and made a mark at 1″, 2″, and 3″ for my elastic loops.

I cut pieces of elastic (I keep the elastic that comes tied on shoes, and that’s what this is from!) 2″ long. Fold them in half, and sew to the lining with the ends of the elastic matching the raw edge of the lining piece.

Take the minky outer piece and with right sides together, pin and sew the 2 sides and the top, leaving the whole bottom open.

Turn right sides out and press with your fingers. Your elastics should be on opposite ends for the different shoes.

Roll your boot piece, lining it up with the outer side of the shoe (this will be opposite for the other shoe), making sure the elastic pieces are pointing towards the back seam.

With the right sides together, lay the boot piece on the upper, starting at the side.

Pin the pieces together, overlapping the end when you get back to the start.

Sew them together, removing the pins as you go.

You should now have your finished boot top sewn to the outer upper piece.

Turn the boot inside out so you’re looking at the boot top lining.

Take the lining upper piece, and with right sides together, put it around the boot top, matching up the back seam with the minky seam in the middle. Sew around the opening again.

Now take your sole, with the bottom facing up at you,

Turn your boot inside out, and pin the upper pieces together to keep them from shifting.

Place the minky side down on the outside of the bottom. Starting at the inside side of the shoe, sew around the perimeter,

making sure to line the edges up as you sew around.

Turn inside out and admire your work.

Sew on buttons then find some sweet little feet to warm up!

15 Responses to “Sweet Minky Tutorial”

  1. Kate E. said:

    This is so cute!! I also loved the hat with the flower on it. How did you do the flower? How did you get it to hold its shape like that?
    Thanks for the tutorials! I’m going to try to make a T-shirt dress too.

  2. shelby said:

    can you post or link a patterns for the boots?

  3. shelby said:

    never mind found it..lol ooups

  4. Rotkälbchen « Petit Mouton said:

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  5. carmen said:

    me gusta mucho ¿donde puedo comprar la tela minky?.Te agradeceria me lo dijeras tengo una sobrina y estoy haciendo cosas para el invierno

  6. Elena said:



  7. Catherine Harris said:

    Hi I love this could you post the patterns..please, I’m just starting the 18’doll dress thank you XX

  8. Nadine Schliebe said:

    The boot pattern was incredible…since I’m from Alaska, they do look like Alaska snow boots…even can make them look like Uggs!! Saw a minky head band today…all sorts of “animal patterns” on the minky…do you have a pattern for head bands? or tips for making them. Thanks…the pictures and directions were so helpful! thank you

  9. Laurie Gosh said:

    Your tutorials are wonderful! Thank you for posting. Do you have patterns we can download? I love the cape and baby boots, so adorable.

  10. Melissa said:

    Thanks Laurie! I don’t have patterns, just the tutorials on how I made the pattern pieces. The link to how I made them is at the top of this post.

  11. Brie said:

    What is the bottom of the bootie made out of? Where can I find that fabric?

  12. Melissa said:

    It’s called Jiffy Grip. I got it years ago in a local quilt shop but have seen it online since. A quick search yielded few results, as it seems to be sold out just about everywhere. There are a few online options, but the same thing can be done using regular fabric and puff paint.

  13. Tash said:

    I love this idea, nd all your ideas.
    I want to make this for my niece, what age do you recommend this pattern for?

  14. Melissa said:

    Any size you want! My daughter was 9 months old in these pictures.

  15. maria said:


    fantastic cape and absolutely easy to follow tutorial with great pictures. Thank you for sharing. If only you could have added a pic of how the final garment looks a Little baby…

    Great job!


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