Good morning! The project I’m sharing with you today is one I actually did as part of the Handmade Gift Exchange sponsored by Craftaholics Anonymous. It was my first time participating, and I must say that it was a lot of fun. It was great to meet another person from another state who has so many of the same interests I do. Plus, making something for someone else is always exciting.
My gift, a mini tag blanket, ended up being tailored to my pal’s baby. It was a first for me, but I’m sure I’ll be making more of these for my friends’ kids as well. It was a los simpler than I thought and they turned out so cute.
- 2 pieces of fabric cut to 17×17. Fleece and minky work great for this.
- 32 pieces of 4” ribbon in various styles
- head pins
- sewing machine
First up, cut the fabric into 17×17 squares. You’ll need two pieces.
Next, cut up all your ribbons. I ended up using four styles, 8 pieces of each.
With head pins, fold your ribbons and place at 2” intervals along the edges of one of the sides, starting 1” off the edge. Place your ribbon fold side in and on the right side of the fabric. Do this along all the edges.
Sew ribbons in place with a 1/4” seam allowance. Remove headpins.
Align second fabric square right sides facing each other. Sew with 1/2” allowance along all sides, but make sure to leave about a 4” opening.
You should have 2 sew lines, one for eth ribbons, and one sandwiching the fabrics.
Turn blanket inside out through the opening and gently pull al corners and ribbons out so blanket lays down nicely.
Finally, sew along all edges with a 1/4” seam allowance. This will add extra security to the ribbons and close the blanket shut.
Another variety, is to add some crinkle fabric/plastic inside the blanket so it makes a sound. I decided against it to keep this toy washable.
It’s soft, fun and a great gift idea for a special baby you may know!