Happy (almost) Monday! I don’t know if there is something in the water or if it’s just my age, but it seems like almost EVERYONE I know is either pregnant or just had a baby. Babies, Babies, everywhere! It’s such a fun time in life. This month alone I have been to 3 baby showers and there are plenty more happening in the near future. I’ve been busy making baby gifts so I thought I would put on a theme week dedicated to Baby Shower Gift Ideas for all of you!
This week I’ll be sharing three easy tutorials and on Wednesday I have a fabulous giveaway that ties into the theme. If you are going to be attending a baby shower soon you won’t want to miss it.
Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a tutorial on how to make this soft and cozy tag blanket!
I’ll be the first to admit, I am a little behind the times when it came to the concept of a tag blanket. I didn’t even know about them until Baby E was about 3 months old. I was at a baby shower for a friend and one of the guests made one for the mom-to-be and I thought it was brilliant. Come to find out they have been around forever and are extremely popular. So even though you have probably seen one before, here is my take on it!
These blankets are a perfect little security blanket and the tags provide a lot of entertainment as babies start to discover their fingers. Tag blankets are very easy to make, even for someone who has very little sewing experience. If you own a sewing machine and can sew a semi-straight line, you’ll be just fine. These make a great baby shower gift and can be so personal!
Start by choosing a color scheme you want to use. I chose to use two different colors but you could just as easily do a solid colored blanket. In my case, the baby’s nursery was going to be black, green and cream so those are the colors I chose. (I was originally going to alternate the cream and black ribbon pictured above but chose to just use the cream after I got started)
Here is what you need:
– 1/2 yard of fabric
– 3 yards of ribbon
– Corresponding thread to match the fabric
– Sewing machine
Start by cutting two 14 X 14″ pieces of fabric.
Cut 20 pieces of ribbon at 5″ each
Pin the ribbon at equal distances a part. I placed mine at , 3″, 5″, 7″, etc.
I pinned the ribbons on all sides. Later on, I realized I didn’t need the end ribbons, so that’s why I placed the circles over them. If you follow my pattern, only place 5 ribbons on each side.
After all the pins are in place, lay the second square on top of the first one, keeping right sides together and repin (remove the pins from the inside and place them through all 3 layers).
Leave about a 3″ opening on one side. You’ll remove one of the ribbons to do this. Flip the blanket inside out so the right side of the fabric is now on the outside.
Pin the remaining ribbon and use a top stitch to close the seam.
There you have it!
Happy sewing! Come back tomorrow for a special edition of Top 10 Tuesday!
[email protected] Black's Best says
I Just recently made one of these for my baby…they are the best. The soft fabric is great for cuddling too. Thanks for the tutorial!
Aren’t they the greatest? I almost want one for myself hehe. Thanks for leaving a note!
Zsa Zsa says
My kids are older now but I still have very young godchildren. I think it would be nice to make tag blankets for them.
Yeah! I think they would be a great gift for them :)
Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_23.html
Mrs. Delightful says
Great tutorial! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky Party via: oourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com
Just linked up! Thanks for the invite :)
I love taggies…so easy to make and such a great little toy. Yours are soo sweet.
Q @ JAQS says
Thank you so much for the tutorial.
Love for you to share it at my “Made by ME” Linky Party Wednesdays :)
Shirlley Lupton says
I have never heard of these before now. I know I am old but I also must have buried my head in the sand. Thanks for the blog.
Inspire Me Heather says
What a pretty blanket – thanks for the tutorial too!
Erin @ How to Nest for Less says
SO CUTE!! I’ve been hearing a lot about these blankies recently. Thanks for sharing this week! Your new site looks fabulous by the way!
Shabby Gals says
I really like this blanket. I just had a little one and I would love to make this for her. Or it would be a great gift idea.
[email protected] says
I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty’s Day Project Parade.
Hi there! I’m visiting you from your link up on Tip Junkie. I’d like to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-13.html
Beautiful tutorial!! These look so soft and plush. I love all of the ribbon tags! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!
Lovely! Gorgeous colours and it looks so soft!
Amy Kahler says
Omg I love this! I am just getting into sewing and could so make this now i just need someone to have a baby!
Abbie (Five days...5 ways) says
Fantastic idea, Taryn! Too cute! I love the colors you chose too, and as always, your pictures are stunning!
Thanks for linking up with Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!
I made one of these for my grandson. I used different lengths and types of ribbons. He loved the different textures. I don’t know what most kids do with theirs but he sucked on the ribbons and played with them. I doubled sewed everything to make sure they were secure. It is an interesting way to provide a different type of sensory experience.
I like your tutorial. It seems like a simple project for my new niece or nephew. However, in the materials section, you say we need 1/4 yard of fabric, which is 9 inches by either 44 or 58 inches. You won’t get a 14 inch square out of a 1/4 yard.
Debi Koenig says
I found some UCLA fabric, didn’t know what to make with it, saw this and thought what a PERFECT gift for our new baby grandson whose parents both went to UCLA! Great gift to make with plush and / or college fleece fabric! Thank you for tutorial!! Debi in CA
I can’t wait to start making these for gifts, they are too cute
I love to give the mommy to be a shower gift instead of stuff for the baby. I give her a nursing tank top or a tank top with support, maxi pads, cream, wipes (flushable) bath stuff, new pajamas, headband, hair clips, socks, treats to snack on in labor for the new daddy and mommy too, like life savers or tic tacs, The Happiest Baby on The Block book, and music for Daddy and anything else for the mommy if I know her well. I do throw in a couple of little board books for the baby too. A gift card for dinner is nice too. My sister gave me all this and then some after my first pregnancy and I’ve paid it forward ever since.
wonderful post! thanks for sharing. it inspired me and i’m hoping to make one. someone made a similar blanket for my first child (minus the tags) and i’m hopeful to make one for my second, as my first cherishes hers… it may seem like a really silly question – but what material did you use to sew the blanket and was it just a regular sewing needle? thanks so much for your help, in advance ! : )
Love the ribbon blankets..
a lady at church just asked if I would make her another one for her next baby.. she said her son, now 3 won’t sleep w/o his :- Nice to know it is enjoyed..
I made mine with differnt color ribbons & just one color fabric..
Thanks for posting this..
PS the minky is a bit irritating to sew with . reminds me of working with a heavy velvet :-)
Thanks for the tutorial! I just made one for my friend’s little one. I didn’t realize how long the tags were until I had it finished. Mine are about 2.5″. Is this too long? I don’t want it to be a choking hazard.
Janet D says
thank you — love the simplicity! made it today.
I’m a beginner at sewing, just got my first sewing machine ever on Sunday (it’s a Singer Confidence, I love it!). I am trying to make a Taggie for my daughter and have all the ribbons pinned, i am just trying to figure out how to repin them with the 2 pieces of fabric without them moving out of place? (I am using minky)
I am a very novice sewer, and can never follow a pattern (or instructions lol) I was sceptical that I would be able to do this, but I gave it a go and I am over the moon with the result! I have a 5 month old nephew that I can’t wait to give it to! Many thanks for keeping it sew (pardon the pun) simple.
Could you use Christmas bows for ribbon.
Taryn Whiteaker says
Hi, I would not recommend it.