(diy tutorial) taggie blanket baby shower gift

I’m Rebecca and you can find me at The Crafted Sparrow.  Often times when I am invited to a baby shower I like to make a handmade gift.  One of the things my youngest son enjoyed most until he was about 1 1/2 was his Taggie Blanket.  I made several of them and he wouldn’t fall asleep without one by his cheek.  This is a gift I love to make for friends. Today I’m telling you how to make a Taggie Blanket baby shower gift.  They are soft and perfectly cuddly for new babies.  Plus you can customize a Taggie Blanket with the colors you want, sometimes it’s hard to find baby gifts that aren’t just pink & blue.
Supplies:
-  16 x 16″ Square cut of Minky fabric
-  16 x 16″ Square cut of Cotton print fabric
-  Ribbon to coordinate with your fabric choices
-  Sewing machine
-  Thread
-  Scissors
1.  Pre-wash your fabric {I have a secret, I almost never do this…I know it’s terrible to those that sew!  I just don’t do it.  Almost all my stuff still comes out perfect, so I don’t mind.}
2.  Once your fabric is ready, you will need to cut two 16 x 16″ square pieces {1 minky piece, and 1 cotton piece}.  You can choose to use flannel backed satin instead of the cotton print, but I’ve used it a ton and prefer how much easier it is to sew with the cotton print…plus the prints are so cute!
3.  Set your fabric aside and begin cutting your ribbon, I like to stick with 3 coordinating ribbon choices. Using gross grain ribbon, or a wider satin ribbon is best.  Cut each length of ribbon to 5″.  I like having 5 tags on each side of the taggie blanket.
4.  Fold each ribbon length in half and iron them at fold to give them a nice crease.  For ribbon that has a printed design on it I suggest using a lightweight cloth over top before ironing to avoid the design melting or bleeding.
5.  Now space all your ribbon tags evenly along the edge of your cotton print.  I placed mine evenly across using a ruler and pinned in place.
6.  Once all ribbon tags have been pinned to the cotton print fabric sew a straight stitch along each side to secure the ribbon in place.  I gave it a 1/4″ seem allowance.
Now here comes the tricky part!  I won’t lie, minky fabric can be an incredibly frustrating fabric to work with. It takes patience.  Here are two great resources with tips for sewing with Minky fabric…HERE & HERE.  P.S.  I do not have the sewing machine foot they are talking about and mine come out fine, but I might consider getting one to try it.
7.  Pin your minky to your cotton print right sides together, be sure all ribbon tags are tucked in and laying flat.  Pin them together every 1″.
8.  Begin stitching everything together with a 1/4″ seem allowance, be sure to leave a 3″ opening to flip the taggie blanket right side out.
9.  Flip your taggie blanket right side out, use a small tipped object to poke your corners out.
10.  Starting at the 3″ opening that you left for flipping begin sewing a 1/4″ seem allowance to close the taggie blanket and continue the stitch all around the edges of the blanket.  This will help everything lay nice and flat and give it a tailored edge.
I had some old custom labels from selling on Etsy a while back and I like to add those to my gifts so they look a little more professional and it’s a cute reminder of where the blanket came from.  You can order lots of custom labels on Etsy.  It is not necessary to add one, but it sure is cute.
Roll it up and add a cute ribbon bow and add it’s ready to give to the special mom to be!  You can even make up a cute little printable tag letting the mom to be know that the Taggie Blanket can be washed in cold water, and tumble dried on low, fabric softeners and stain removers are ok to use.
I want to thank Vanessa for this opportunity to help her out while she’s enjoying her new sweet girl.  I hope you will stop by The Crafted Sparrow and check out some of my other projects.
     
  
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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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