How to Make a Tag Blanket


How to Make a Tag Blanket

Make a DIY baby tag blanket with this stepped out tutorial.

How to Make a Tag Blanket

Help your baby explore the world around them with this DIY Minky tag blanket for babies.

If you have an upcoming baby shower or are looking for a perfectly easy sewing project for your new grandbaby, then you'll love this DIY lovey tag blanket tutorial.

This beginner-friendly sewing project is designed to act as a comfort object for little ones, and our guest blogger Domenica Tootell is here to show you how to sew a taggie blanket with step-by-step instructions.

The little one in your life will love this sewing project!

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From Domenica: "Ribbon tag loveys were one of the very first things I sewed for my babies when they were born. These make great little loveys (or comforters) for any baby and they double as a great sensory toy, too.

They’re simple to make and a perfect project for a beginning sewist or an experienced sewist wanting to whip up a great baby gift. Just be sure to always use them under adult supervision." 

What is a Taggie Blanket?

A tag or taggie blanket is similar to a lovey in that it's a small, portable blanket that's perfect for newborns up to toddler age. Although you can add a "crinkle" aspect, most parents appreciate the silent nature of these blankets.

The blankets themselves are usually small squares (around 12" x 12") but can be made any size desired. They are usually made of soft fabric, such as Minky, fleece, or flannel. The fun element of these blankets is the addition of ribbon "tags" that are set around all sides of the blanket.

This type of baby blanket comes with a lot of benefits. With the softness, bumps, and ribbon tags, babies and small children find it stimulating, entertaining, and comforting. It's a popular baby shower gift! 

Tag Blanket Materials Needed:

* 1  12" x 12" (30-1/2 cm x 30-1/2 cm) piece of Minky or cuddle fleece
* 1  12" x 12" (30-1/2 cm x 30-1/2 cm) piece of coordinating flannelette or other soft fabric
* 20  4-1/2" (11-1/2 cm) strips of ribbon of varying sizes and colours (mine range from 1/2" to 1" wide)
* Matching thread color

Image shows two squares of fabric and a set of colorful ribbons.

Sewing Tools Needed:

* Sewing machine
* Walking foot (optional but highly recommended)
* Pins
* Scissors (or rotary cutter and cutting mat)
* Ruler
* Chopstick (optional)

How to Make a Tag Blanket:

  1. Lay the flannelette piece of fabric right side up. Arrange the strips of ribbon around the flannelette piece of fabric. 5 strips on each side should work nicely.

Image shows a square piece of fabric with unfolded ribbons arranged around all four sides.

  1. Once you are happy with the placement of the ribbon strips, fold the ribbon in half and pin in place around the edge of the fabric square.

Image shows a square piece of fabric with folded ribbons arranged and pinned around all four sides.

  1. Use a basting stitch (longest stitch your sewing machine can do) to hold the ribbon in place. I like to sew approximately 1/8" from the edge of the fabric.

Image shows a sewing machine sewing the folded and pinned ribbons to the fabric piece.

This is what your ribbon tag lovey should look like so far.

Image shows a square piece of fabric with folded ribbons sewn around all four sides.
Image shows a close up of the blanket fabric with folded ribbons sewn on the edge.

  1. Place the Minky square of fabric right side down on top of the flannelette piece of fabric.

Image shows a second square of blanket fabric placed on top of the ribbon-sewn fabric.

  1. Use lots of pins to hold the two pieces of fabric together. This will also reduce the amount of shifting while sewing the two sides together. You can find many other tips for sewing with Minky fabric here.

    Ensure you leave a 3-1/2" opening for turning the ribbon tag lovey right side out. I tend to mark my opening with double pins to stop myself from accidentally sewing the opening closed.

Image shows the blanket fabric piece (with the other underneath, not showing) with several pins. There is text that states, "Leave opening for turning".

  1. Sew the two layers together allowing a 1/2" seam allowance. I use a walking foot when I’m sewing with Minky fabric. This reduces the amount of shifting from the two layers as the walking foot has feed dogs that help pull the fabric through from the top.

Image shows a sewing machine sewing the fabric pieces together.

Tip: Once the two layers of fabric have been sewn together, clip the corners of the square. This will allow the corners to turn out nicely when the ribbon tag lovey is turned right side out.

Image shows a close-up of the clipped corner of the sewn blanket.

  1. Turn the ribbon tag lovey right side out and push the corners out. A chopstick comes in handy for this bit.

Image shows a chopstick being used to push the corners of the blanket out.

Your ribbon tag lovey is almost done!

Image shows the sewn lovey tag blanket, Minky side showing.

  1. Pin, or use Wonderclips, to hold the opening closed. Topstitch (approximately 1/4" from the edge) all the way around the edge of the ribbon tag lovey. This will close up the opening as well as hold the two layers together nicely.

Image shows a close-up of the open section clipped.

Your ribbon tag lovey is now complete and ready to gift to a new little baby in your life!

Image shows the finished tag blanket for babies.

Happy sewing!

Be sure to check out Domenica's blog, Easy Sewing for Beginners, to find even more beginner-friendly sewing projects!

Image shows two finished tag blanket for babies.

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Strangest thing I've ever sewn was a harness for the back end of a 3 legged dog.

This is a wonderful project and tutorial. Well written and easy to follow. Thank you.

This is a super project for practicing my sewing with minky, plus have a few great baby gifts! The strangest thing I've sewn is a motorcycle seat with extra cushion for my husband's behind! duchick at gmail dot com

I love this idea and the sew along tutorial is very helpful. Thank you I'm going to try it.

Love tag blankets. Strangest thing I have ever sewn are sheep blankets or sheep coats to cover the sheep so their wool doesn't get so dirty and is worth more.

I sewed one of these for my nephew and he loves touching the ribbons! (He has a slight obsession with tags, ribbons, and string.) I'll definitely be making another one for nephew #2!

Oh this is SO cute! I love the ribbons!

A tent!! A Frostline tent kit with a 1982 and I still use it!

I have never seen this before. I really like it AND have lots of material I can ribbon. However, what is it used for?


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