Babies love these!
And what’s even nicer, is they are so easy to make!
Fabric (2 fat quarters or less)
These tag blankets measure about 16″ x 16″.
If you want, you can go bigger or smaller, but for this tutorial,
we will be using these measurements.
The first thing I did was cut out the fabric for the back.
I used a soft minky fabric for both blankets. The fabric I had was from scraps,
so I sewed two pieces together to get 16″ x 16″. A 1/4 yard of fabric will be enough, but you will have to sew pieces together to get this measurement.
For the top, I only had 10″ x 10″ of the main fabric,
so I pieced fabric around it to get my 16″ x 16″ measurement.
I cut out 3.5″ strips, 2 strips 10″ long for the top and bottom,
and 2 strips 16″ long for the sides.
(I actually didn’t have 16″ long strips of the fabric,
so I had to do two pieces to make it long enough.)
Sew the top and bottom strips using 1/4″ seam and press.
Then sew the two side strips and press.
I thought the top needed a little something else, so I stitched a seam around the border of the main fabric.
Now is the fun part of adding the ribbons!
You can do so many different things here.
You can fold the ribbons, like shown, or you can leave them sticking straight out (with sealed ends of course.) You can use any size of ribbon, or you can even use Ric Rac! You can put as many ribbons on as you want, even layering them on top of each other, or you can space them out. There are so many wonderful ways to do this!
For these blankets, I used 3/8″ ribbon, and they stick out a little less than 2 inches.
For the girl tag blanket, I used all the ribbon from the Mother’s Day 3/8″ Ribbon Mix.
I set them to be about 1 1/2″ apart. I used 8 pieces per side, 2 of each ribbon in the mix.
To make the ribbons stick out a little less than 2 inches, I cut each one to be 4 inches long.
Then I folded and pinned the ribbons down, one side at a time.
I sewed the ribbons down with less than a 1/4″ seam.
You can pin them all down and then sew all sides, but I did one side at a time.
After you’ve sewn all the ribbons down, you are done with the top!
The next step is to sew your top and bottom pieces right sides together.
Use a 1/4″ seam, leaving an opening to turn it right side out.
When finished sewing, turn right side out, and use a turning tool to push the edges out.
Press the edges down.
Pin the opening shut.
The last step is to sew the opening shut; use whatever seam is best to make sure the edges of the opening are sewn together. For me, it was a little less than a 1/4″.
Continue sewing a top stitch all the way around the blanket.
And you’re done!
I did two of them for my Sister-in-law who is having twins.
Both of the blankets were made to match the Personalized Name Pillows.
The fabric used for this tag blanket is Grass Balls in Freebird Twill for Moda. The creme fabric is no longer in stock, and I can’t remember the name of it. Sorry! The back is a brown minky dot fabric.
I used different ribbons for the tags. I used the same green that is in the Mother’s Day 3/8″ Ribbon Mix, Brown/White Saddle Stitch Ribbon in 3/8″, Blue/White Swiss Dots Ribbon in 3/8″, and Lime/Blue Dizzy Dots Ribbon in 3/8″.
My Sister-in-law loved them! And I am pretty sure her cute babies will too!
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment.
Your comments are really appreciated!