Hello to all the lovely readers of Oranges and Apples! I’m Luthaisea and I usually sew costumes (the more over the top the better) but I also enjoy making things for babies and as Franca is busy preparing for her new arrival I thought I’d show you how to make one of my favourite new baby gifts, a ‘Taggie Blanket’.
These are great to make and a fairly simple sew. I also find they help me use up my ribbon odds and ends!
You will need:-
- 16 pieces of 16cm long ribbon. If you can use multiple ribbons in different colours and textures that’s great, but using all the same also works
- 2 squares of fabric measuring 21 x 21 cm. I have used a black and white brushed cotton check and a minky. You can use any fabrics that are washable, but having at least one that’s not stretchy will make assembling a lot easier.
- Pins to hold the ribbons in place and the squares together
- Neutral thread. I have used cream but really, any colour that tones with your fabric will be fine.
- A sewing machine. You can make this by hand, but a sewing machine will make it quicker to sew and stronger which is always a good thing when your finished item is going to a child.
- Scissors or a rotary cutter
Take your square of non stretchy fabric and four of your ribbons. Fold your ribbons in half and pin to the right side of the fabric so that the edges of the ribbon align with one side of the square and the ribbons are pointing in to the middle.
Make sure to leave a gap at the sides as that will be the seam allowance on those edges. I tend to sew with tiny seam allowances so I didn’t leave too much space but if you like a larger seam allowance move your outer ribbons in a but more to compensate.
Repeat with the other three sides.
Check that you are happy with the arrangement of your ribbons and the spacing between them then set your machine to a mid length zig-zag stitch.
Don’t worry if you pin over ribbons, this is just to hold them in place.
Sew all around the edge using your zig-zag to attach the ribbons to the cloth.
With the right sides together (and the ribbons sandwiched between them) pin the two pieces of fabric together marking a five centimetre gap in the middle of one of the sides.
I turn my pins so I know where I’m planning to put my gap when I’m sewing.
Stitch round the edge of your square, inside your zig-zag stitch line, with a straight stitch, starting and ending at your gap and remembering to go back and forth a few times at both ends.
Apologies for the blurriness of this photo, the camera and the sewing machine did not like each other and this is the best of a sorry bunch!
Clip the corners and pull your square the right way round through your gap.
You should now have a square, with ribbons sticking out on every side and a small hole where your gap is.
Step Seven (optional extra)
Iron your taggie. You don’t have to, but if you do you won’t need to pin the next step and it’s easier to sew!
Top stitch all the way round, as close to the edge as you can manage, remembering again to go forwards and backwards over you start and end stitches. Clip the thread ends of and you’re all done!
Ta-daa! One homemade taggie blanket all ready to be gifted to the new little one.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and please do let me know if you make one of your own! I’d love to see!