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Thread: What do you do with Minkie scraps?

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    What do you do with Minkie scraps?

    I've just quilted my first quilt (a preemie) using Minkie on the back and now I have Minkie scraps. What do you do with Minkie scraps? I don't want to throw them away since they are pretty good sized pieces, not big enough for another quilt but ???? HELP!! What do you do with Minkie scraps?
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    I have only backed one quilt with Minkee but I too could not bring myself to throw away the scraps which were a decent size. I ended up with strips about 6 to 8" by WOF and also some narrower strips. The quilt was a gift so I used some of the narrow strips to make a "ribbon" for the quilt. I folded it up and tied the ribbon of minkee around it. Then I took one of the wider ones and fringed the edges and included it so the little girl who got the quilt could use it as a winter muffler/scarf. I still have one decent size scrap left that is about 6" or so wide by about 24" long. I put it in my scrap stash.

    I have seen people use small squares of minkee in fidget quilts. I was thinking they might be a fun addition to a child's quilt because they don't fray so you could do a raw edge applique with them and sew those down to a kids quilt to have little pops of soft for them to "pet".

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    I have seen quilt tops pieced with Minkie squares and Minkie strips. You can also use small pieces to do the lovies that have a texture fabric with loops of ribbon around the edges for babies. Minkie might work for bibs as well. You might make yourself some seat belt covers for the car or a steering wheel cover for cold weather. A Minkie scarf sounds toasty.

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    I made one quilt using Minkee By the time I was done I didn't want to see any of it ever again. All scraps went in the trash. LOL
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    ​TOYS!!!! also strip quilts as in chinese coins. i've cut out cat figures, backed and turned then stich down with edge zigzag. 3D flower petals for quilts and head bands & purses. i've done large applique of my late wolfdog on quilt for grand daughter who loved the wolf. purses, hats, boas ...i've even made a snake for kitties ..their very favorite toy to drag around and brag to me of thier "capture" i can't part w my minkie & faux fur scraps ..if i didn't have grands to sew for i'd make for charity or just donate to thrift ..children love the bright colors and super softness to touch and snuggle with. my grands are big girls now -11 & 9- and i've been thinking of sewing all the scraps together (crazy quilt block style), cutting out squares, sew squares together for couch throw for the family during video games or movies. these fabrics are stretchy, but easy to fmq w a domestic. i have a friend who says it takes a little more effort to position for quilting with a midarm, but it's doable & comes out great.
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    I use it when I do applique animals on my embroidery machine. Kids love it!

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    Great ideas. Thank you, everyone.
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    I had several pieces and my daughter had several pieces also so I just pieced them randomly backed it with flannel and longarm quilted it. They used it as a carpet in their bedroom. but like other scraps they multiply..I could make another one.

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    I used minky to make stuffed animals for baby gifts. I also used them in squares for a rag quilt mixed with flannel.

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    A simple use would be to just cut into 5" squares and use along with blocks of cotton for a simple scrappy squares quilt.

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    The scraps would make fun little pillows or zipper pouches.

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    I used the extra strips to trim a bag to carry the quilt.

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    I'm with Onebyone. I HATE Minkee and don't EVER want it in my house again. I hate all the fuzz it creates, and the fuzzy mess it makes of the sewing machine. I made my 3 DGDs robes with it, and by the time I was done, every little and big scrap went straight into the trash can.

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    I save them to use in easy to make quilts. Combine them with color friendly cotton or flannel 3 or 4 inch squares. They are great in baby blankets or lap blankets for someone in a wheelchair.


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    Patchwork them together to create the back ( or front) of another quilt.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I am going to use my long scraps of minkie to make neck scarves on my serger. Stitch them lengthwise, then turn right side out and close the ends leaving strings hanging. The stuff little girls love to wear, soft and fluffy.
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    One of our Project Linus members appliques them in different shapes (circles, squares, etc.) on baby and toddler quilts for a textural change. I think the little ones really like the soft feel, and the Minkee with dot bumps would be fun for them to touch.

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    Lightbulb burp cloths ,changing pads , and small animal quilts made with minky

    Here are a few photos of how I used my minky scraps. The small animal quilts are a guild service project for policemen to have in their trunks to give to children in stressful situations. Have fun with your scraps!
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    Wow! Those are so cute. Thanks for posting the pictures. I guess I need more minkie scraps now instead of less.
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    I have used the scraps with my Accuquilt rag die to make a rag quilt. I used two layers of flannel and one layer of minkie. Although it is a scrappy quilt with all the leftovers, it is the first thing my grandson grabs to cuddle with.

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