Minky fabric, also known as plush fabric, is one of the most attractive fabrics in this world – it is luxurious, soft, cuddly, and flexible, and all of this with a beautiful sheen.
Minky is a purely synthetic fabric. And it is available in all the colors imagined.
The fabric has a right and wrong side. This fur-like fabric has a knit backing and the pile on top is made of polyester fibers.
The plush side of Minky fabrics is usually only visible on the top side. It has a directional pile. It is usually sewn in such a way that the cuddly side of the fabric is touching the skin
Do you know why minky is called the same ? It is comparable to the soft fur of a mammal called mink. Mink fur is highly prized because of its super luxurious appearance and feel.
4 Types of Minky Fabric
Minky fabric is made in a variety of weights and pile heights. High nap Minky, as well as low-nap Minky, are equally popular for all your projects.
Different brands of minky
In shops minky is usually refered by very interesting names like softie, bubble, dreamy, cuddle etc.All of them are usually the same with small differences specific to different brands. You can find the differences if you talk to the shop salesperson or read the fine print on the websites
The general categories of minky fabrics are as follows.
Ordinary Minky fabric
This is the normal plush fabric with varying lengths of the pile -all of them soft and cuddly. These fabrics usually have a consistent pile length and are very soft to the touch.
These Minky fabrics have small raised bumps on the surface, which project out, making it all the more luxurious.
This is a Minky that has a texture with small ridges at regular intervals. It is made by removing the pile in regular intervals to imitate the look of wales of fabrics like corduroy.
Minky is available in a lot of different prints and patterns.
Characteristics of Minky fabric
The feel of the fabric is super soft – this is a given. Nothing extra to say other than that it is luxurious against your hands
It sheds when cut – there are many ways to reduce the effect of this shedding but there is no avoiding the fact that minky/plush fabric sheds a lot and makes a mess if you cut it without taking the necessary precautions
It is very insulating – because of this quality it is used to make things that keep you warm during cold weather.
Fabrics like Minky
Fur, fake-fur, fleece, velvet, velveteen, velour are different materials usually compared with minky. All of these fabrics have a soft raised pile similar to minky fabrics. Duvetyne is a soft pile fabric that can be compared to minky. Another fabric similar to minky is Velboa.
If you like fleece, you will like Minky better because it has a more luxurious pile. It is also somewhat similar to microfiber fabric, but with far more dense piles of soft fibers.
You may also liken minky with wool because of its insulating properties. But it is far superior in the feel because minky is very soft. Some wool may irritate skin. In comparing prices, minky is a lot cheaper.
What is Minky fabric used to make?
Minky is used to make, first and foremost, blankets, especially baby blankets. The cozy, cuddly feel of the fabric makes it ideal for making blankets.
Minky is a favorite to make kids’ clothes, especially as winter wear fabric. It is super warm and soft against the kids’ skin. It is also used to make capes, cloaks and ponchos and also as a lining for winter jackets.
Minky fabric is used for plushies. The name of the fabric, plush, is in itself indicative of its use in making plushies – the soft toys.
In home decor, Minky is increasingly used to make quilts, blankets, cushions, and pillow covers. It can also be used to make curtains.
Another use of the plush fabric is to make accessories. It is used to make soft and fluffy purses and bags.
Disadvantages of minky fabric.
All the people who sew with minky fabric get frustrated to no end by the slippery nature of the fabric. It usually refuses to behave the way other fabrics would, especially if you have been sewing with woven fabrics. Wavy edges, skipped stitches, machine refusing to move are some of the most common frustrations people usually report when sewing with minky.
Another problem is when the material sheds when cut and you have to deal with it afterwards.
Another problem (I do not know if this is a problem) is the directional nap of the fabric – because of this you may need more yardage for similar sewing projects that fabrics without a nap.
And though it is easy to maintain the material, in some areas you may find it a difficult fabric. For eg, you cannot iron on minky. This will crush the pile on the fabric and make it lose all the beautiful properties you like.
But when you look past these problems and continue making projects with minky fabric you will surely fall in love with it.
Updated on August 6, 2022 by Sarina Tariq