In the last few weeks I’ve started to get ready for baby boy here and there a little and decided to make him a taggie blanket after we found out he was a he and I knew what colors to use! 🙂 I’ve made a couple in the past for M and my niece and I’m always surprised by how simple they are to make and it seems that all babies love them!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Material – I like to use the minky dot fabric that you can find at any fabric store in a wide array of colors. I think it’s super soft and cuddly, perfect for baby! For an 18″x18″ blanket, you’ll need 2, 20″x20″ squares of material. A half yard will be more than enough!
- Ribbon – I put 3 taggies per side about every 3 inches or so. Therefore I used 12 ribbons, 4-5″ in length, depending on how far out you want them to stick from the blanket. You can use any variety of ribbon that you’d like. I like to try and find different widths and textures to use!
- A sewing machine (or thread and a needle if you want to go old school!)
- Straight pins
Here’s what to do:
- Using fabric shears, cut 2, 20″x20″ squares of material
2. Cut ribbon into 12, 4-5″ pieces
3. On the top side of one of the pieces of material, use straight pins to pin the ribbons in tags every 3″. Try to not let the corner tags overlap (if they do, move all the tags towards the middle a little bit)
4. Now you’re ready to sew! Pin the material right side to right side, in other words raised dots to raised dots (because you’ll be turning it right-side out when you finish). Sew about a half inch in from the edge, paying close attention to the tags on the inside as you go. Make sure they stay straight and don’t forget to pull out the straight pins as you go! Sew all the way around the blanket leaving about 4″ open on the last side (so that you can turn the blanket right-side out).
5. Flip the blanket right-side out through the opening you left while sewing, shaking as you go to ensure that all the corners are completely unfolded.
6. After the blanket is flipped the right way, hand stitch or sew the opening closed. That’s all there is to it!
Trust me, I am NOT a seamstress/sewer/anything of that sort and so if I can manage this, you can too!! What a perfect gift for a baby shower or new baby’s arrival – your friends and family will adore this little handmade blanket full of love!