Sew Cuddly: 12 Plush Minky Projects for Fun & Fashion - Tips & Techniques to Conquer Cuddle
Learn to sew with plush fabrics and faux fur just as easily as any other substrate using Judy Gauthier's expert tips! Keep velvety fabrics from stretching and shedding, plus discover how to appliqué, add binding, and insert a zipper as you sew useful, stylish accessories, quilts, home decor, and cool gifts for kids, all from minky cuddle fabrics. Twelve projects include fashionable animal hats, a clutch purse, a sleeping bag, and a vintage-inspired fox stole.
Cuddly fabric and zippers
If you’re working with a minky cuddle fabric with a longer nap and you need a zipper, put some distance between the zipper and the nap. In the Bundle Me Up Stroller Wrap (page 16), I use a technique for binding the zipper tape before sewing it in. This is not as necessary with the shorter nap fabrics, but for luxe cuddle and faux fur, it’s essential.
Cutting Shaggy Cuddle and Faux Fur to Avoid Shedding
Apply a wide piece of painter’s tape to the fabric where you plan to cut it. Cut across the tape and remove the tape when finished.
Flip the fabric over to the wrong side. Slip the tip of the scissors under the fabric. Cut the fabric without cutting the fur. This works very well. By making a shallow cut, you don’t cut the actual fibers, just the fabric that the fibers are attached to. It will still shed a bit, but markedly less.
Part the fabric from the right side with an index card or a comb, and apply wide painter’s tape to the nap. It’s kind of like parting your hair. Cut along the base fabric.
About the Author
Judy Gauthier owns Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, a modern quilt shop. The author of two previous books and a Certified Critical Care Nurse, Judy has four children and two grandchildren. She lives in Ripon, Wisconsin, with her husband. bungalowquilting.com
- Page Count: 64
- Size: 8.53 x 0.24 x 11.01 inches