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8.14.2008

Twiddler Tag Blankie Tutorial



Cindy made our son, Rylan, the cutest little tag blanket shortly before the babe was born. Rylan's just at the age where he's enjoying the tags moreso than the toy it's attached to...so I've made a second one. This makes a great shower gift too. (Thanks Cindy!)

The process was simple and is summarized in the following tutorial:

1. Cut 2 pieces of Minky fabric to be 14" x 14". (I used two different colors, but you may use two of the same instead).



2. Rob your ribbon stash to select numerous colors, sizes and textures of visually interesting ribbon. These will become the tags sewn along the side of the blankie. Cut ribbons into varying lengths, between 2 & 4 inches in length. Use loud colors so your little twiddler can't resist the tags. I added 12 tags to two sides of the blanket. You may adjust this according to your preferences.



3. Folding Ribbons in half, (so that they form a double-sided tag), create tags to be about 1" to 2" long, for safety reasons. Align the raw edges of the ribbon with the raw edges of the Minky blanket fabric - so right sides are touching. Pin Ribbons in place, nicely spaced along two edges of the blankie.

I did opposing edges, so that it leaves the middle & two sides of the little blankie, nice & snuggly. You can embellish any combination of two edges or even all four sides with the ribbon tags, as you prefer.



4. Attach ribbons to one side of the blanket with a single seam, removing pins along the way. Attach ribbons on the second side of the blanket with another single seam.



5. Cut away excess ribbon overhang, if necessary.



6. Fold your ribbons to the right side of the fabric on both ends. Sandwich the ribbons between both pieces of Minky fabric. Pin in place around all four blanket sides. Your blanket will be inside out, at this point. Run a seam around the perimeter, leaving a three inch gap un-sewn. Using the gap, turn your blanket right side out.



7. After turning the blanket right side out, push out the corners. Fold the edges of the opening over to close up the gap, & pin closed. Run a final seam around the entire blanket perimeter, careful to align both sides of the fabric correctly. This seam is decorative in nature and will keep the two sides laying nicely - as they may go wonky when washed if left unsewn.



8. Your baby is probably napping during your little blankie making session, right? Lay it aside and wait for notice that the nap has ended.



9. Naptime over?? Let the wee one commence with twiddling the tags and snuggling with his new blankie.



10. Commence with picture taking of your adorable creation{s}. Well done, Mama.

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14 Comments:

OpenID giddygoat said...

wow is he ever getting cuter and cuter....

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Lis Garrett said...

That looks fantastic! I just want to run it between my fingers!

5:30 PM  
Blogger miss chris said...

Love it. :) looks like ry-man does too...

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

he is SO cute, Stac.

12:37 PM  
Blogger deb said...

What a cutie that boy is!! And what a great tutorial. Will need to try this. Seems easy enough and pretty rewarding too.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Great tutorial! I love making little baby blankies but I haven't added the tags yet. I am going to! Thanks!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Java Mama said...

I want to try this. Thanks for adding to my to-dos Stacy!! Seriously, the little guy is pretty cute. The nursery sounds wonderful and you sound like you are staying busy. Hope the summer winds down nice & slow for you all.

Sam

4:22 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

What a cutie, the blanket and the baby!!

Sherry

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this!

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, boy! This is a first! (Writing on a blog, that is). I am a "3 score and 0" mom who works with moms at MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers)by having moms to my house each month. They bring their "littles" and I teach the moms a craft and make a special lunch for them. Tag blankets are on the schedule and your tutorial is great. I love encouraging moms in their jobs because it is one of the most important (and under-paid and under-rated) jobs in the WHOLE world.
Kathy

8:38 PM  
OpenID wrekehavoc said...

great, great instructions - i plan on making this with my daughter to see whether we can make these with her girl scout troop. one bit of advice from this older mama: make two identical loveys. that way, if one is in the wash (or, heaven forbid, LOST!), there's still a spare. a little more work, but a little less headache down the road :-) thanks for posting this!!!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you make a certain one for purchase? I am trying to find one close to what my daughter already has for back-up, but am not craft enough to do it myself. Thanks!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Hi anonymous. :) I have no way of reaching you to discuss this. I may consider it after the holidays, so you may contact me with an email address if you wish to discuss. Thanks! ~s

3:52 PM  
Blogger Mitali Ruths said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I recently made a tag blanket for my daughter.

10:09 PM  

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