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MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 13, 2012, 12:09 PM


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MLP: Minky Color Guide:


Which minky color works best for ______ (insert MLP character here)?


This journal is an attempt to answer that question. There are more than 50 shades of minky out there, and as a plushie maker, I realize that it can be difficult to know which color will work best for the particular pony you're working on. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that many of the images of the minky do not show the true color!

I recently ordered a ton of swatches from fabric.com, and I'm continuing to collect swatches from various websites, in an attempt to get most of the minky colors. Because I have the actual fabric with me, I can compare it to the characters' colors to see which fits best, to ensure that you can make a plushie that is as show-accurate as possible, color-wise.

Please keep in mind that if I come across a better color, I will update this list to keep it as show-accurate as possible!

How to Use


Here's a quick sample to reference when using this list:

Pony Name:
Body: Best Color For Body or (alternative body color)
Hair: Best Hair Color(s)
Other: Miscellaneous comments about the colors may be given here.


So, the color that works best and is the most show accurate, will be shown in bold. I also may give an alternative body color, just in case the first is out of stock or you cannot get a hold of it for any reason. The same goes for the hair: best color(s) will be in bold, and, if there happens to be a good alternative, that will be in italic. Also, each color will be hyperlinked for easy access to the fabric.

The Guide


I've posted an image showing all the minky swatches right now! I've tried to make them as color accurate as possible in the photo, although keep in mind that computer color display may vary slightly:
Minky Swatches by MLPPlushies


Twilight Sparkle:
Body: Lavender
Hair: Royal AKA Midnight Blue, Fuchsia, and Purple
Other: Navy may also work for the blue in Twi's hair, but it could be a bit too dark. As for the purple in her hair, you may be able to substitute Violet or Jewel. Fuchsia is really the best option for the pink.



Pinkie Pie:
Body: Paris Pink or (Bubblegum Pink)
Hair: Fuchsia



Fluttershy:
Body: Yellow
Hair: Bubblegum Pink or (Blush)
Other: Do not be tempted to buy Baby Pink minky - although it may look like a good fluttershy pink, it is extremely light... Literally almost white.



Applejack:
Body: Mango
Hair: Yellow or (Ivory?)
Other: There really is no comparison to the Mango minky, which is why I haven't listed an alternative color. Orange is too dark, Sunshine is too yellow... So if you see mango, and you're planning on making an Applejack in the future, buy it before the store runs out! Also, I don't have a swatch for the ivory minky, but from what I can see in pictures, it seems like it could possibly be a good alternative to yellow for her hair.



Rarity:
Body: White or (Snow White)
Hair: Purple
Other: White and Snow White are basically the same exact color.



Rainbow Dash:
Body: Baby Blue or (Sky)
Hair: Cherry, Orange, Yellow, Dark Lime, Azure, and Purple
Other: Although Baby Blue is ever so slightly too light for Rainbow Dash, Sky is a bit too dark. And unfortunately there is no in-between color. You'll just have to choose which one you like better - slightly light or slightly dark.



Princess Celestia:
Body: White or (Snow White)
Hair: Bubblegum Pink, Sage, Sky, and Violet
Other: The colors in Celestia's hair are slightly dull - the minky shades recommended above will help achieve those slightly dull colors. If you want to go more vibrant, however, you may want to use Paris Pink, Dark Lime, Azure, and Jewel.



Princess Luna:
Body: Royal AKA Midnight Blue or (Navy, suggested by Sophillia)
Hair: Electric Blue
Other: To help achieve the transparent look of Luna's hair (in season 2), you can use a transparent fabric such as organza or tulle layered over the electric blue minky.
Helpful Tip: munchforlunch suggests that if you want to buy fabric from only one place (to reduce shipping costs), you can use Electric Blue for the body, sparkling organza layered over electric blue for the hair, and Baby Blue for the hooves.



Apple Bloom:
Body: Yellow
Hair: Cherry



Sweetie Belle:
Body: White or (Snow White)
Hair: Violet or (Jewel) and Bubblegum Pink



Scootaloo:
Body: Orange
Hair: Raspberry or (Fuchsia)



Derpy
Body: Grey or (Silver)
Hair: Yellow
Other: Some people like to use Dusty Blue for Derpy - as you can tell from the name, it has more blue tones than the grey or silver minky.



Dr. Whooves:
Body: Cappuccino
Hair: Mocha or (Dark Brown)
Other: I'd recommend ordering swatches of the browns, just in case, because they can be difficult to photograph and see their true colors.



Big Macintosh:
Body: Cherry
Hair: Orange



Octavia:
Body: Silver
Hair: Charcoal
Other: If you want to go darker than Charcoal for the mane, the next darkest shade is Black.



Bon Bon:
Body: Yellow
Hair: Royal AKA Midnight Blue and Paris Pink



Spitfire:
Body: Canary AKA Bright Yellow
Hair: Sunshine and Orange
Wonderbolts Uniform/Costume: Electric Blue and Canary AKA Bright Yellow



Soarin':
Body: Baby Blue
Hair: Royal AKA Midnight Blue
Wonderbolts Uniform/Costume: Electric Blue and Canary AKA Bright Yellow



Vinyl Scratch:
Body: White or (Snow White)
Hair: Turquoise and Electric Blue



Granny Smith:
Body: Dark Lime or (Opal, if you want a more muted green)
Hair: Yellow



Lyra:
Body: Opal or (Tiffany)
Hair: Baby Blue and White
Other: For Lyra's mane, you can choose from a couple blues... As alternatives for Baby Blue, Aqua and Tiffany could be good choices.



Daring Do:
Body:Camel
Hair: Black, Charcoal, Grey, and Ivory
Clothing: Olive and Jade
Other: Hunter would be a great color for her clothing, along with Olive, but I can't find it in stock anywhere! So Jade + Olive will have to work. (I know Jade looks super, super bright in the picture, but trust me on this: it's not even half as bright in real life! The picture is not accurate at all.)



Cheerilee:
Body: Raspberry
Hair: Bubblegum Pink and Blush



The Great and Powerful Trixie:
Body: Sky or (Cobalt)
Hair: Baby Blue and White
Other: Trixie is a true cornflower blue, and unfortunately, there are no minky colors that match her perfectly. Sky is more cornflower than any, but is a few shades too light. I know some other plushie makers have had success with Cobalt, although it is a few shades too dark - so you'll just have to choose if you want slightly light or slightly dark for her body!

Thank you munchforlunch, thetypeofpony, Tawny0wl, Sophillia and NerdyMind for contributing to the list! :heart:


Attention Plushie Makers!


If any plushie makers would like to help contribute to this list, that'd be great! If you have found a color that works better than one that is already listed for a specific character, please let me know and I'll edit the list!

Or, if you want to add some more characters and their colors to the list, that's helpful too :)

Thanks for reading, everyone! Hope you found this helpful :heart:



Skin by White-Nuts
Celestia Vector by WraithX79
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Uminohoshi Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just thought everyone would like to know that Tiffany has been renamed Saltwater :)
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Are you going to update this list?
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YugiohPonyAvengers Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
Which minky color works best for Sunset Shimmer?
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heschu01 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The new hit book for all plush addicts: 50 shades of minky...
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YugiohPonyAvengers Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Writer
XD
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SplashinginHappyness Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! I just stared working with Minky and I want to learn all I can about it!
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YugiohPonyAvengers Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Writer
Which minky color works best for Nightmare Moon?
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aquasplash21 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say black for her body, dusty blue for her armor, purple for her cutie mark, and maybe electric blue or azure for her mane and tail, depending on whether you would like a dark or light shade. :) I'm not a plushie expert, but these just seem like the right colours. :D
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YugiohPonyAvengers Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Writer
Ok thanks!
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YugiohPonyAvengers Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Writer
Which minky color works best for the following characters: Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, Maud Pie, Coco Pommel, Cheese Sandwich, Suri Polomare, and the Mane-iac?
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YugiohPonyAvengers Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Writer
What colors would be good for Maud Pie?
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TheCraftyWhiteFox Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
lavender and grey/ silver.
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure if you still update this or not, but I've noticed other plushie makers using the minky with the dimple dots and ironing them out... I recently got a plush for my little sis from another plushie maker and the dimple dot texture came back after a month! I've never used this textured minky for my plushies because I've worried about the dots coming back. 

Just thought I'd share the knowledge for anyone thinking about doing this. I'm not sure if it was the plushie maker's technique or if it's just the fabric itself, but it's definitely something to think about.
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Will you update this list with more ponies? You give answers to some in the comments, but haven't added their info to the list
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jolteongirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconfluttershyshyplz: u-Um, if it isn't a bother to you...what colors would be good for this filly? fav.me/d5xog56
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sweetannabee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
body & secondary/lighter mane: mango

main mane: sunshine
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jolteongirl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like such a bother XI

Can I get your recommendation for the minky colors for Mr. and Mrs. Cake?
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PinkuArt Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can recommend paris pink and fuchsia for mrs. cake's hair :) 
I think I used turqoise for her body, not entirely sure though
 Mrs. Cake filly plush by PinkuArt
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thanks!
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Hi! again asking about colors.. what colors do you thing are the best ones for a filly luna like this one?  th04.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i… and again thanks for helping us.
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Sapphire-Stitch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hiya, what colours would be good for Roseluck?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey there! For Roseluck, I think that the best colors for her would be Yellow for her body, and Paris Pink and Wine for her hair. Wine is not an exact match for the dark parts in her hair, but it is probably the closest match you can get. If you want a more detailed explanation for these color choices, you can go to this page: mlpplushies.deviantart.com/jou… and if you scroll about 12 comments down, you'll come to the discussion about Roseluck's colors.

Hope that helps! :)
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Sapphire-Stitch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have another question and I feel like I am abusing your hospitality XD

What colors would be good for Flitter?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, don't worry about it! I'm happy to help :)

Anyway, for Flitter, I would say Lavender for the body and Tiffany for her mane and tail.

The only tricky part is her bow, which doesn't really have a close match in minky fabric... It's really just a personal preference. Personally, I would go with Hot Pink (AKA Bubblegum Pink.) It's not quite dark enough, and also doesn't have enough purple to be a super accurate match... However, the other two options are Dusty Rose and Raspberry, and they don't work either. Dusty Rose is too pink and too desaturated, although it does have the right brightness/value. On the other hand, Raspberry is a good mix of pink/purple - however, it is too dark and vivid, and would probably look too harsh against the Lavender and Tiffany.

So all in all, when compared with the others, I think Hot Pink would be the best for her bow.

Hope that helps! :)
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Onelani Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
What colors would you use for a Tank plush? Any help is greatly appreciated. :)
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
First of all, sorry for the late reply! Been super busy lately...

Anyway, I think that the best color for Tank's main body would be Hunter. As for his spots, if you're going to do all three colors, then I would go with Olive (outer ring), Jade (middle ring), and Apple Green (inner spot). And Olive will work for the spots on his legs, too.

Hope that helps! :)
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Onelani Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Oh, and for a Winona too!
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so sorry to bother you again.

I would like to make a plush of Pinkie's alternative self, Pinkamena, but I'm not sure on the colors since they are darker than her normal ones. What would you suggest?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, I am so sorry, because of the late reply! It's been like two and a half weeks D: Sorry about that, I've just been incredibly busy and have not had time to check my messages on here.

Anyway, Pinkamena's colors are kind of hard to match, but out of all the colors, I would say Dusty Rose would be best for the body, and Raspberry for the mane and tail. They aren't perfect, because they need to have a slightly more bluish tint, but I think that they would probably work the best. :)
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Life happens lol, it's fine, I wasn't in any hurry to know.

But thank you so much, I really appreciate it, for this and the other comment as well.
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Sapphire-Stitch Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for this.
I was freaked that I would buy a shade of fabric online and then it turned out to be too dark or light.
This really helps!
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, buying fabric online can definitely be tricky!

Anyway, thanks! I'm glad you found it helpful :D
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
What colour would you use for season one Luna?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm... This is kind of a hard one - there isn't really an exact color match for season one Luna. But overall, I would say that electric blue would be the best for her body, and sky for her mane and tail. I also considered denim for her body, but it really is just a little bit too desaturated and grey. Electric blue may be a bit too vivid, but all in all, I think it's the closest match.

Hope that helps! :)
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question. What would you suggest as an alternative to Applebloom's mane color? I can't seem to find the cherry color in stock anywhere.
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, you could always use red... But it is quite a bit darker than the cherry.

Although I found cherry minky in stock here: [link] if that helps? :)
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh! Thank you so very very much!

Also I need a bit more help....

On these ponies, what colors would you suggest?

[link]

There is no hurry, but any help is much appreciated :3
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem!

And for the other ponies, I actually can't see the pictures... The site is saying I need to be your friend in order to see them? Anyway, if you want to upload them again somewhere else, I'd be happy to take a look and see which colors would work best for them! :)
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inudewaruika Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright lol, I will get on that eventually.
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zealouslyy Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
OK, so the color for lyra is "dimple dots" textured... if i just ironed it would it smooth out? or can you even iron minky?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep, you can iron minky. Just make sure not to leave the iron in one spot for too long, otherwise you can kind of burn the fabric! D:

Anyway, although I have not personally tried to iron the dimple dot textured minky, I know that other people have, and they got good results. So yeah, I'd say go ahead and try it! I'm pretty sure it will work just fine :)
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zealouslyy Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you!
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! Hope it works out well for you! :D
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GoldenGlitter612 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Would you happen to know which colors would work best for Shining Amor?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For his coat, Snow White minky would be perfect. As for his mane... For the darkest blue color, I would go with Royal Blue (also known as Midnight Blue.) For the medium blue in his mane and on his hooves, Electric Blue would be good. And finally, Turquoise (not Dark Turquoise, just Turquoise) should work for the lightest blue in his mane.

Hope I could be of some help! :)
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GoldenGlitter612 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Sorry to ask again, but would you happen to know cadence and lightning dust?
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MLPPlushies Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure!

For Cadence, I would use Blush for her body, and Raspberry, Jewel, and Yellow for her mane.

As for Lightning Dust, I think that Tiffany would work well for her body. For her mane, you have two different options.

You could use Sunshine and Mango - they are definitely the right shade of orange/yellow, however the problem with them is that they are extremely similar in color. So you wouldn't have a whole lot of contrast, and I don't know how well the two colors would show up next to each other.

So if you would like a little bit more contrast, I would just go with Yellow and Mango. Yellow is a little bit too light, but I actually think it might look better than the Sunshine + Mango.

Hope that helps! :)
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GoldenGlitter612 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I really I am sorry I keep bugging you, and thank you so much for putting up with me thus far. :)

Would you know what would work best for chrysalis?

I know black for the body, but the rest is kind of a mystery!
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