These tag blankies are great for small babies. Most babies love the smooth satin texture of the ribbon, and all the loops are great for little fingers and mouths. Like the pacifier clips, you can buy these almost anywhere, but they are simple to make if you have basic sewing skills! (If you don't feel like sewing and just want to buy one, this one is listed in my shop as part of a baby shower gift bundle.)
- 2 pieces of fabric 7.75" square. I like flannel because it's soft and cozy, but really any type of fabric will work. (You can make these in any size you want, of course! Just cut your fabric 3/4" larger than the desired finished size. To make a 10" blanket, you'll need two pieces of fabric 10.75" square.)
- Satin ribbon in assorted colors and widths
- Basic sewing supplies: iron, pins, scissors, sewing machine, thread, etc.
1. Cut your ribbon into about 4" pieces; they don't need to be exact. The number of pieces you will need will vary depending on their width and the spacing you use when you lay them out. You can always cut more if you need it, but I typically use about 20-24 pieces per blankie this size.
2. Lay your ribbon pieces out on the fabric until you get an arrangement you like. You'll want to leave about 1/2"-1" empty at each corner.
3. Fold your ribbon pieces in half and pin them to the right side of one piece of fabric. Align the raw edges of the ribbon with the edge of the fabric.
It will look a little crazy when you have them all pinned!
4. Lay your second piece of fabric on top, sandwiching the ribbon inside with the right sides of the fabric together. Pin the two pieces of fabric together.
5. Sew around the edge of your ribbon sandwich with a 3/8" seam, backstitching at the beginning and end. Leave a 2-3" gap so you can turn it right-side out.
6. Clip your corners at a 45° angle. Be careful not to cut through your stitches!
7. Carefully turn the blanket right-side out through the gap you left. You will probably have a few pieces of ribbon that didn't get sewed down because you didn't sew all the way around. After you turn the blanket right-side out, unpin them, insert the raw edges about 3/8" into the blanket, and re-pin.
8. Topstitch all the way around, about 1/8" from the edge of the blanket. This will close the gap and secure those last few pieces of ribbon. Ta-da! Now you have a super-cute, super-tactile object to entertain any baby!