The tag blanket I made using this tutorial is for my wedding photographer, who has become a friend of ours. Her first baby is due this spring, and how perfect is this for the son of a photographer??
I promise this is a simple project - and it's also very forgiving. If your squares aren't exactly the same size, it won't matter! You're basically making a pillow, and then turning it inside out.
To start with, cut two squares out of any material. I like to use a soft minky fabric on the back to make it snuggly and add another texture. If you want to embroider or applique on one (or both) of the sides, now is the time to do it!
You can use any size squares. I generally use somewhere between 8" and 10", depending on the size of my fabrics. Any bigger than that and they'll be too large for a small baby to hold.
Next, cut your ribbons. You can use as many different colors as you want. I tend to alternate three. Three ribbons on each edge fit nicely without being too tight.
To achieve varied lengths, cut half the ribbons 4" long, and half 6" long.
Fold your ribbons in half, and then pin them to the right side of one of your fabrics. Do this on all four sides.
Head to your sewing machine. Set your stitch slightly less than 1/4" from the edge so that the stitches will be hidden later. You can use any color thread here -- you'll never see it. Sew over the ribbon, then backstitch the entire ribbon. Sew over it one more time.
Ultimately, each ribbon will be sewn over 5 times, eliminating the potential choking hazard. Unless, of course, you let your baby play with the tag blanket and a seam ripper at the same time.
This is what they'll look like when you're finished.
Sewing the ribbons on all at once makes it easier to put the whole blanket together. Now's the time to cut any threads.
Put your squares together, right sides facing. Set your stitch for 1/4" from the edge, and stitch ALMOST all the way around the square. Leave about 2 inches on one side open so you can flip it.
This is what I mean about this project being forgiving. This doesn't matter. Love it.
Turn it inside out -- it's almost finished!
Head back to your sewing machine. Top stitch 1/4" from the edge around the whole square. If you're a really straight stitcher, contrasting thread would look fun. I'm not a super straight stitcher, so I use threads that blend in!
Make sure you fold the part you left open under while you're top stitching and sew it closed.
There you have it! A personalized baby gift that will be loved for a long time.
A closeup view for you.
And the back.
Good luck making many, many tag blankets for the babies in your life! Let me know if you have any questions -- happy sewing!
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