April 14, 2014

DIY Taggie - Quick and Easy




I have 2 friends that have both had babies in the past 2 months. I wanted to make something for them but wasn't sure what. Then I remembered how much Colin LOOOVED his taggie that my cousin bought for him. Taggies would do!! 

They were so quick and easy to make. I think each one might have taken an hour from start to finish. Possibly a little longer, but then there are A LOT of interruptions around here! ;)

The size doesn't really matter but you want them to be small enough for a baby to hold and handle. They are NOT for covering but cuddling and playing.




WHAT I USED

Scraps of flannel in 2 different patterns/colors
2 different colors/styles of ribbon (you can use many more if you like)






First, I cut the flannel into rectangles. The squares on the mat are 1 sq inch to give you an idea of size. 







Then I cut the ribbons in 7" pieces. You really don't need them that long but the longer the are the more anchored they are. 
I used 11 pieces of one color and 10 pieces of the other. How many you use will depend on the size of the blanket. 







Next, fold the pieces of ribbon in half. With right sides together, insert the ribbon in between with the fold on the inside. I put mine in about 2". Pin it all in place.
Make sure to leave a space to turn the blanket right side out. 
Next, sew it all together. You can use any stitch you like but one that is somewhat reinforced is best. 






Now, turn it all right side out and press!!! 
Take one more piece of ribbon and insert it in the opening, pinning in place.




I sewed a decorative stitch all along the edges to close the gap, make it sturdier AND prettier. ;)



Now you are ALL DONE!!! You have a pretty, one of a kind gift!
You can make them in different shapes and styles, different colors, whatever suits your fancy.




             Let me know what you think!!! Are you going to make one???




                                            HAVE FUN SEWING!!!!









14 comments:

  1. I had never heard of this type of blanket before. How cute! Thank you.

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  2. Thank YOU!!! :)
    I got one as a present when my youngest was a baby. He loved it so much! When I needed a couple of presents I figured I could just make my own! LOL

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  3. Thanks for the idea and pictures, I have a couple of friends with babies that I have been wanting to give them something special and this will definitely do. Thanks!!!

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  4. I have a couple of friends with babies and I have been wanting to make them something special. This will definitely do and I think even I can do it. Thanks!!!

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    1. YAY!! I'm so glad!! Let me know if you do and what you think about the tutorial!! :)

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  5. These turn out great with Minkee on one side, too, or something silky. The more textures the more fun for baby.

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    1. Very true!!! Unfortunately I only had black minky dot. :/
      I like using flannel, too. The more you wash, the softer it gets.

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  6. it's hard to tell how big you cut your flannel. i've never seen one of these before and i'd love to make one for a granddaughter on the way. could i have a clue please?
    sara603@msn.com

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    1. I believe I cut them 15 x 10 but there's no correct size. You can make them as big or small as you like.
      Enjoy and congratulations on your granddaughter!

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  7. Lovely and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much, Jackie!! I had so much fun making them. As a matter of fact, I'll be making another one soon. I have a new cousin on the way! :D

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  8. I have 5 babies arriving this year! This would make a quick, simple gift to add to the other more complicated things I'm making. One's coming in June, two in July, one in Aug, and the final one for this year in Oct. It's a busy baby year! I already did some stitching for one that arrived the beginning of April! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. WOW!!!! That's a lot!!!! What fun!!!!
      Thanks!!
      Let me know how it all goes! :D

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  9. Couldn't I just use strips of polar fleece instead of ribbon?

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