If you have a baby or know of a baby who loves to suck on tags that are attached to blankets, toys or stuffed animals, then a Tag Blanket would be the perfect gift for them. I don’t recall my daughter ever sucking on tags, but my granddaughter absolutely loves to do this! My daughter told me that she has actually seen “Tag Blankets” sold for $25 and up – but when I looked at them I told her these could easily be made using our own sewing machine, and done so with simple materials.
If you want a warm and cuddly Tag Blanket you can opt to purchase a soft flannel material, sold at fabric stores or the fabric department of Walmart stores. Should you have a baby who loves soft and fuzzy blankets, you can even make your Tag Blanket out of cozy fleece. If you live in a warmer climate you can choose to make your Tag Blanket out of 100% cotton. Try to choose a fabric that has a “kid friendly print” on it. Babies love bright and colorful patterns, so the more vibrant the better.
Choosing Your “Tag” Ribbon
The choices are endless when it comes to choosing the ribbon to attach to your fabric for making a Tag Blanket. My granddaughter will suck on any kind of tag. The Tag Blanket I made for her contains ribbon in a wide variety of colors and textures.
Satin ribbon has a nice smooth texture, and she really loves these kinds of tags the most, as they are often the type of tags used on baby blankets. Grossgrain ribbon is texturized, and it’s a much stiffer ribbon, and this kind of tag isn’t one our baby prefers. Still, it’s best to choose your ribbon in a variety of colors to capture a baby’s attention, and a variety of textures for their tactile learning.
You will only need a few tools to make your Tag Blanket. A sewing machine, straight pins, fusible webbing, a point turner for crisp corners, and of course your fabric and ribbon.
Making Your Tag Blanket
The first step in making your Tag Blanket is deciding how big you want it to be. The one I made for my granddaughter is only one foot square – small enough to transport easily and it stores easily in a diaper bag. Assuming you want this size, cut two pieces of fabric into a square measuring 12 1/2 inches wide and 12 1/2 inches long. (The extra 1/2 inch is an allowance for the 1/4 inch seam). You can use the same fabric for the top and the bottom, or you can coordinate your materials to make it more interesting for your baby.
The tags I used were placed every three inches, so we have four tags on each side of the square blanket. Cut your pieces of ribbon four inches in length and fold them in half with the wrong sides together. Iron these so the ribbon lays flat. Lay the bottom of the blanket right side up and position your ribbons evenly across the sides of the blanket, using a ruler for even measurement. Once you have them in place you can either pin them down with straight pins, or you can iron them in place with a fusible webbing like Stitch Witchery.
Next, lay the top of the blanket onto the bottom portion so that the right sides of the fabric are together. Pin the edges of the blanket and sew around the edges in a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 3″ space in the center of one of the sides for turning. Trim the four corners diagonally to remove excess bulk and turn the blanket right side out. Using a point turner or a sharp needle, carefully pull out the corners of the blanket to make crisp square corners. Iron around the entire blanket, turning under 1/4″ where you left the 3″ opening. This section can be hand stitched or machine stitched closed.
That is all there is to it! You have now made a very popular Tag Blanket at a fraction of the cost that they are selling for in baby boutiques across the nation. Congratulations, don’t forget to make some of these for baby showers, new moms will love you for it.