Recently, a client of Pins & Needles, who is also a new mom, stopped by the shop and showed me a special tag blanket her mom had stitched up using some fabrics that she had purchased from us. I had heard of Taggies blankets before and how much babies enjoy playing with them, but I especially liked this one since it was handmade! I was so inspired that I created a DIY so you can make one too.
1/2 yard of lightweight cotton fabric
1/2 yard of a soft fabric like a minky or fleece
Decorative ribbons approximately 1/2 yard of each
Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
I made twoone for a boy and one for a girl. For the girls, I chose a pretty paisley print with some pink fleece. For the boys version, I used a graphic orange, red and cream squiggle print with some red Minky fabric. Minky fabric is very popular for baby and nursery projects because it is ultra soft and cuddly and comes in so many colors, prints and textures. We carry a nice selection at the shop, but you can find otherplacesthat carry it.
Step 1:Cut each of your fabrics into a square the size you would like your blanket to be. In my case, I cut 15X15 squares. These will be your front and back.
Step 2:Cut your assorted ribbons into 2 pieces. I chose four different prints for each of my blankets, but you can get creative and mix as many as you like. Consider using a variety of ribbon textures as well for baby to explore.
Step 3:Mark where you want your ribbons to be using fabric chalk or a marking pen or pencil. Since I was using four ribbons on each side, I spread the ribbons apart with 2 2 1/2 in between. You can use as many or as few as you like.
Once you have made your marks, pin the ribbon loops in place at each mark, lining up the raw edge of the ribbon with the raw edge of the fabric. Make sure the ribbon loops are facing away from the edge. Baste them in place using a 1/4 seam allowance (distance between your seam and the edge of the fabric). Basting is a temporary stitch that is very long so it can be removed easily. Doing this will make it easier and keep the ribbons from moving around when you sew your front and back together.
Step 4:Now sandwich the ribbons in between the right sides of your two fabrics, and sew them together using a 1/2 seam allowance. Repeat this step to make the ribbons even more secure.
Make sure to leave a 2 3 hole along one side (I suggest doing it in the center of one of the sides), so you can turn everything right side out. Clip your corners to keep the points clean.
Step 5:Using the opening you left, turn the blanket right side out and stitch around all four sides making sure to sew the hole closed. Be sure to check that all ribbons are securely attached. Youre all done!
I like to experiment with my DIYs. With this one, I chose to decorate the front of the girls blanket with two hearts cut from the fleece. You can use any shape or even an initial would be fun. Sew the shape on your front fabric before sewing everything together.
Also, as I have mentioned in my previous DIYs, if you do not have a sewing machine, you can always hand sew with a good needle and your thread.
Rachel Low, also known as the Craft Stylist of Manhattan, is the founder of Pins & Needles: New York Citys coveted studio for chic and modern sewing, crafts, special events and retail products. Her talents and passion translate into stylish and useful projects that inspire makers of all ages.
I have never used taggies blankets before. I should try these when I get another chance. And thanks for the tutorial. These would make nice handmade gifts for baby showers.
I made one of these for my nephew and it turned out great!
Thanks for the tutorial. The best thing about it is you can use scrap or leftover fabrics and ribbons!
I love this tutorial, but Ive been told you need to sew the ribbons in place 3 or 4 times to ensure they arent pulled out by questing bubs. Is that your experience?
If youre worried, I would simply sew around the square twice while you have it inside out. Then after you turn it and topstitch it, youll have gone over all the ribbons 3 times. 🙂 Its probably what Ill do when I make mine.
Your directions are crystal-clear! My 10-year-old daughter wanted to make a taggie blanket for her brother, and she had no trouble following your instructions. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!
What a sweet thing for your daughter to do! Glad the tutorial helped you.
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thanks so much for posting this! one question. do you really mean to cut the ribbons into 2 pieces as you say above, or 4 pieces that then get doubled into loops? I did 3 and it looks kind of small. plus if your squares are 15 then your loops appear to be 3 after doubling
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I made one, it didnt come out quite right, I accidently sewed a pin into it and had to cut part off to get it out. Oops
I zig zag all around when its inside out, then top stitch after I turn it. None of my customers have had any problems with the ribbons coming loose.
I have a silly question. These are cute, but why do you put the tags around them?
I was looking for a gift for a 2 year old this is perfect
These are so friggin cute..ty for the tutorial.
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