Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Baby Taggy Blanket

Hey everyone!  I'm back from my little blogging holiday.  How was everyone's Christmas?  I'm sure a lot of you are still on holidays and celebrating.  But since the hubs is back to work, so am I.
I had such a wonderful Christmas.  I was able to see all the family and enjoy their company. (Although I did come down with one nasty cold on Christmas eve.. still a little under the weather, but at least I'm drug free!)
Other than that, I feel so blessed!

Anyways, today I have an oldie but a goodie project I decided to share with you.  
You know those taggy blankets babies love so much?  I'm sure there's about a million other tutorials to make your own out there, or else you've already figured out how to make one on your own years ago.  But.. just for kicks, I'll show you how I made mine anyway.  
I made this one for my adorable little 4 month old niece.  She's growing so fast, I can hardly keep up.  But I hope she enjoys her own taggy blanket.

All you need is... scraps!
Kind of.
I made mine fairly small, using 2 8x8 inch fabric pieces and lots of ribbon scraps.  I cut each piece to be about 3-4 inches long.

 Lay one fabric piece, right side up and arrange your ribbon pieces around the fabric however you like.

Having your ribbon facing in, fold each ribbon piece and pin to the edges of the fabric.

Lay your other fabric piece on top, right side facing in.

Pin together and sew around the edges using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to leave a 4-5 inch gap on one side for flipping right side out.

Next, trim your ribbon pieces (not too much, only if they are over 1/2 inch long).

And clip your corners.

Flip the blanket right side out, poking out your corners.

Whoops!  This is why I am still a beginner.. Ha!  Luckily, babies don't care about crooked ribbon tags.

Press the edges with an iron (if you used minky like I did, try a lower setting).

Be sure to press the open side under and flat as well.  Then pin the opening shut.

Sew a top stitch all around the perimeter of the blanket so everything lays flat.

That's all there is to it.

A bright and cheery new toy!  

Thanks for stopping by!

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addietx said... Best Blogger Tips

Make one side of the taggy blanket with satin fabric. Babies will love the cool and smooth, slippery feel of the satin. You can get a scrap of satin for not much $$

Magical Mystical Teacher said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple and colorful! I'm sure your niece will love it!

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For saying what needs to be said
By way of good cheer—
So Happy New Year
To you and your kin, A to Zed.

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Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these! My sister in law is pregnant now. I'll have to make some for the new baby!

I'd love for you to link up and share:

Alecia said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! It's great that it's small enough to carry around with you. My sister is due Feb 2 so I've still got time to whip one up! New follower from Primp. said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so great for babies. said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! This fabulous project was just featured at my linky party.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@addietx That's a great idea!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Magical Mystical Teacher Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alecia They're great!! I made some for my boys when they were babies and you're right, so easy to tote around!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips Thanks for stopping by!

Lolitadewdrop said... Best Blogger Tips

This may sound over precautious, but it would be a very good idea to melt the edges of the cut ribbon slightly before turining it right side out because if the baby is sucking/chewing on the tag and the ribbon frays and comes out then the baby can choak. :( But this is a very pretty and delightful tutorial. Thanks for making it.

Anna Carmon said... Best Blogger Tips

I made this tonight....but I added a step....I sewed the ribbons to my piece of flannel and then I sewed the minky and the flannel right sides together. It made sewing much easier and I was able to keep the ribbons straight.