While I’ve been on maternity leave I’ve cracked out the sewing machine to make a few things for my baby girl. Now, I am not a master seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, but I can do some basic things so I’ve enjoyed hand making some things for the bubba.
I’ve made a couple of blankets and most recently I made some baby tag blankets which are super popular and I’ve been told are loved by babies. I’m so excited for my little girl to be able to play with something that I’ve made for her.
I made a bigger size for at home, as well as some little squares to chuck in the nappy bag or pram when we’re out and about to keep her little hands occupied.
They are really quick and easy to make so I thought I would put together a quick tutorial on how to make these for yourself!
To start, you need two different types of material and some ribbon. It’s best to pick two different textures with your material and a variety of sizes and textures with your ribbons to add the maximum tactile experience for your little one.
I’ve used minky fabric with raised dots for one side and a cute patterned cotton fabric for the other side. Another little square I made with some flannel material which is another option for a different texture.
Map out where you want your ribbons to go on your fabric, I’ve used an alternating pattern between 4 different ribbons but mix it up however you want. Once I’ve decided on my pattern, I put the ribbons in order next to the sewing machine.
Fold your ribbon in half and then place the edges against the edge of your material (patterned side up) and then position in the sewing machine. Sew across the ribbon and then use the reverse function to sew back across the ribbon to really anchor it down.
Important to note – make sure you sew your ribbons to the patterned side of your material and with the edges to the edge of the fabric, otherwise when you finish sewing your ribbons will be on the inside of the blanket!
Continue for all your ribbons and then trim the loose threads so your piece of fabric will look like this:
Sew along the edges of your fabric, starting two thirds of the way along one side. Make sure you remove the pins as you go. Sew all the way around your square, stopping about 3 or 4 cm before your starting point which will leave a small gap (circled). Cut off any extra fabric around the edges.
Did you DIY anything for your babies? Did your bubba like tag blankets?
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