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!