When my son was born, my sister-in-law made him a super soft tag blanket with ribbons that was definitely one of his favorite things as a baby. I haven’t had a chance to make one for someone else until now. My son’s daycare teacher is currently expecting her first baby, and I was trying to figure out what to get her along with the gift card we will give her.
You may remember from my doll sleeping bag post, that I haven’t done any sewing projects for about a year. Threading the machine was probably the toughest part of the whole project. If I can do it, you can too! I found a helpful tag blanket tutorial to help me get started from Designing, Dining, & Diapers. I made a few modifications.
- Fabric – 2 squares of 15×15 fabric. I chose a green minky fabric for one side and a super soft fine ribbed corduroy for the other side.
- Ribbons – variety of ribbons cut into 4-5 inch lengths. How many you need will depend on whether you do all four sides of the blanket with tags or just two. I did 2 sides with 7 ribbons each and used 3 different kinds of ribbon.
- Straight Pins
If you haven’t already, cut your fabric in 15×15 inch squares. You can easily change the dimensions though and do anywhere from 12×12 -16×16 depending on how big you want your final blanket to be. This is meant to be a cuddle blanket not a cover up blanket.
If you’re using a patterned fabric, make sure you’re cutting your fabric straight. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I was more worried about getting a perfect square and I didn’t notice that I wasn’t cutting the fabric with the pattern. I didn’t notice this until I had finished the whole thing. It’s the one thing I don’t like about the finished product.