12 Tag Blankets for Babies Patterns
Make a sensory tag blanket for your baby! These special blankets keep them happy and occupied. Makes a great baby shower gift, too.
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One of the most important pieces in a nursery is a good blanket. Sometimes several good blankets, especially if they are handmade. Each serves a different purpose, too. You'll find crib blankets, playmats, burp cloths, swaddle blankets, and our focus on this page, tag blankets (also known as loveys).
These 12 Tag Blankets for Babies Patterns and Tutorials all offer different unique characteristics that make them stand out from the crowd. Every single one of these free blanket designs would make a perfect addition to a nursery and make fabulous baby shower gifts.
If you are unfamiliar with tag blankets, don't fret! Right below, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this specific type of blanket before getting to the free taggie blanket patterns we've selected to share with you.
We can't wait for you to see all of these amazing designs. Not only will they provide an activity for baby, but they're so fun to sew, you'll be entertained, too!
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But First! FAQs and Resources
What is a taggie blanket?
A tag/taggie blanket is sometimes referred to as a lovey. It is a small blanket meant for babies and toddlers. These blankets are usually square with tag loops around all edges. They are easy to transport and to keep around babies. To add more interaction, a "crinkle" can be added as a layer inside the blanket.
Most tag blankets use two different fabrics. Both should be soft but many use different textures, such as bumpy Minky or satin to enhance the tactile nature of these blankets.
Why do babies like tag blankets?
Very similar to a toy with tag pieces to play with because they can be grabbed or chewed. Also, soft textures to rub and cuddle with, which are experiences that babies are drawn to. Touched upon right above, babies enjoy playing with these blankets because they are textural, sometimes make noise (though parents often prefer the non-crinkle versions), and provide different types of security and fun.
What is the tag blanket size?
Tag blankets are commonly made as small squares, sized 8" x 8" or 12" x 12", however, as you'll see in the list below, they are not limited to those sizes. You can find many versions, from rectangles to fun shapes (like teddy bears, letters, rings), there's really no set rule outside of it being the right size for a baby/toddler.
How do you make a taggie blanket crinkle?
Crinkle plastic film and cellophane is made and sold specifically to use in these blankets and pet toys, however, you can also use cereal bags or oven bags.
Notes: You do want to make sure that the crinkle layer is completely enclosed inside the blanket. If not using the blanket-specific material, always wash in cold water as hot water could melt the plastic.
What type of fabric is best for tag blankets?
Minky fleece fabric is the most common because it is unbelievably soft, is available with different textures (such as bumps), and isn't difficult to work with. Flannel, fleece, cotton, satin, silk, and soft t-shirts also work well.
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How to Make a Tag Blanket
If you've never made one of these, then start off with our ultimate tutorial: How to Make a Tag Blanket. This walks you through every step and provides lots of tips along the way.
Ahoy DIY Baby Toys
For future sailors, these Ahoy DIY Baby Toys are sure to please. With a nautical theme and circular shape, it's a unique DIY tag blanket that parents will fawn over.
Soft Star Taggie
For your little superstars, make the Soft Star Taggie. One look at this picture and you can tell how soft and secure it will feel. We love the multiple fabric colors, too!
Satin and Ribbon Taggie Baby Blanket Pattern
The satin side of this Satin and Ribbon Taggie Baby Blanket Pattern provides a soft and slick look and feel and the other side is a nice and soft fleece. The variety of ribbons makes this a super fun one!
DIY Tag Blanket With Fabric Tags
This DIY Tag Blanket With Fabric Tags is precious! We love the look of using similar but different fabric patterns on either side. This one measures 16" x 20", which makes it stand out from the crowd, too!
Upcycled 8 x 8 Crinkle Taggie Baby Toy
This Upcycled 8 x 8 Crinkle Taggie Baby Toy is thrifty, clever, fast, and fun. By using scrap ribbon, fabric, and cereal bags, you can make a budget-friendly and amazing homemade tag blanket.
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T-Shirt Label and Ribbon Taggie Blanket
Like the previous pattern, this T-Shirt Label and Ribbon Taggie Blanket uses old shirts to add a fan-friendly look. Use old sports shirts, band shirts, or patterned shirts for this one. The options are endless. Only dependant on what's in your closet.
DIY Taggie Stuffed Toy
We love this DIY Taggie Stuffed Toy because it's the only ring we've seen and that adds yet another fun element to this baby toy. Another great use for scraps and whatever ribbons you have in your craft room.
Teddy Bear Taggie Blanket Pattern
How cute is this Teddy Bear Taggie Blanket Pattern? Not only is it in the shape of a bear head but the name is embroidered in the center in such a beautiful way. It's one of the most thoughtful tag blankets for babies patterns we've seen, that's for sure.
A Soft, Crinkly Tag Toy for Baby
This Soft, Crinkly Tag Toy for Baby is simple yet effective. It has tags of various lengths and widths, it crinkles, and it's ridiculously soft when you choose baby-friendly fabrics (the designer suggests mixing and matching).
Loveable DIY Tag Blanket
This Loveable DIY Tag Blanket is a classic! It uses a bumpy Minky and a soft ridged flannel on the other side. Lots of ribbons for the ultimate tactile experience for baby!
For a personalized touch, make this fabulous Monogram Taggie! It's smaller and customizable. In fact, you could make the whole name if you had the time and inspiration. What a great gift that would be for a new baby!
BONUS! Snuggly Shapes Taggie Book
Our last one might be the most unique of them all. Don't want to settle for just a blanket? How about a Snuggly Shapes Taggie Book? Combining a tag blanket with a quiet book, this one is seriously awesome and worth the effort.
Krista Childers is the Senior Content Editor for AllFreeSewing. She has a passion for creative writing and trying every craft at least once. Find more of her work here: Krista Childers
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