TUTORIAL – Liberty Print Baby Comfort Blanket

Taggie blanket - title image

I’ve had the idea for this tutorial longer than I’ve had a blog!  I simply can’t believe how fast time has gone and that I am only now putting it together to share.   In my opinion, all newborns, boys and girls, should be given one of these upon arriving into the world!

taggie tutorial - folded

There are bucket loads of tutorials for similar ‘taggie’ blankets out there on the web but here are three reasons why I think this one is particularly special:

  1. Liberty print.  Almost all ‘taggie’ blankets I’ve seen are made with minky fabric.  Yes, this is ultra-soft but it is a slippery little bugger to sew with and it makes quite a fluffy mess.  And, let’s be honest, nothing says luxury like Liberty.  I bought this Liberty from Stragier.
  2. Double gauze.  Another one of my favourite indulgent fabrics, double gauze is made up of two fine layers of fabric.  I bought this one from Rachael at Imagine Gnats.  The rabbits and birds add a touch of whimsy that compliments the Liberty beautifully.  Both the double gauze and the Liberty get softer with each wash so you can think of this as the gift that keeps on giving (and, if my kids are anything to go by, these blankets will be carted around everywhere so will need their fair share of washing).
  3. This tutorial is going to walk you through making your own tags from Liberty scraps instead of just using standard satin ribbon.

So, have I convinced you to give it a go??  Even if I haven’t you can scroll through and enjoy the Liberty print eye candy – I promise there are lots of pretty pictures.

taggie tutorial - fanned out

Materials

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  • one Liberty print fabric square – 30cm x 30cm
  • one double gauze fabric square – 30cm x 30cm
  • one flannel (or other soft fabric) square – 30cm x 30cm (this will be the inside lining which helps give the blanket a nice weight – it won’t be seen so feel free to use up any old scrap)

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  • coordinating thread, lots of pins, rotary cutter and mat are useful but not essential

Construction

Making The Tags

  • To make a tag, fold your fabric scrap in half lengthwise with right sides together (RST) press.

making a tag 1

  • Sew the long edge with a 0.5cm seam allowance.

making a tag 2

  • Press the seam allowance open.

making a tag 3

  • Turn the tag right side out and press so that the seam is in the middle of the tag and then press in half width-wise with the seam on the inside.

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See how the seam is on the inside? This way it won’t be visible when it’s sewn to the blanket.

  • When you’ve done all 20 they will look like this.

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Attaching the tags to the blanket

  • On the right side of the Liberty square measure 3cm in from each corner and pin a tag.

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  • Distribute the rest of the tags evenly along the edges of the square and pin.  Baste the tags in place with a 0.5cm seam allowance.

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Assembling the blanket

  • Now you’ll make a nice neat pile of your three fabrics in this order, starting on bottom:
  1. Flannel/lining fabric (doesn’t matter which side is up)
  2. Liberty fabric (with tags attached) right side up
  3. Double gauze right side down

Pin the three layers together.

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  • Sew all the way around the edge of the blanket with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a 7cm gap for turning.  TIP – When sewing around the corners, don’t make a sharp 90° turn.  Instead, sew to the corner, turn 45° and sew one stitch, then turn another 45° and continue sewing the next side.  This slight roundedness will actually make your corner sharper once it’s turned out.  Clip the corners.

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  • Turn the blanket right side out through the opening.

taggie tutorial 9I didn’t use a lining for this one which is why you don’t see the red/pink flannel (it was only later I decided it needed a bit more weight).

  • Take your time to push the corners out gently so they’re nice and sharp.

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  • Press the blanket flat, tucking in the seam allowance from the opening.

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  • Topstitch around the entire blanket.  One final press and you’re done!  Well done!

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taggie tutorial - on chair

Now, have a little snuggle with it – don’t you wish you made one for yourself as well??!  These make the sweetest newborn baby gifts and they tick both the function and beauty boxes in equal measure.

taggie tutorial - with rabbit outside

This amazing little rabbit was knitted by a friend of mine – I love the crop top sweater! If you’re interested in the pattern let me know and I’ll find out which book it came from.

Another great thing about these blankets is that they’re ideal of making ‘assembly line’ fashion so if you have lots of gifts to give (uh-hum, Christmas is only 78 days away!) then, once you get going, you can churn out a few in one sitting.

As you can see, I couldn’t stop at just one.

taggie tutorial - folded in quarters

taggie tutorial - detail 1

taggie tutorial - detail 2So, do you have many newborns or babies in need of some spoiling?  I hope you’re feeling inspired!  Thanks for reading.  Oh, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Laura x

taggie tutorial - on chair with rabbittaggie tutorial - edited for craftgawker 2

 

55 thoughts on “TUTORIAL – Liberty Print Baby Comfort Blanket

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow

      Thanks, Katy! How funny – I was just clicking through your links and recognise your Liberty Blog post which I was admiring last week. Funny how these sewing-blogging interactions can sometimes come full circle! x

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow

      Thanks, Lyn. Ooooh…it’s all about the tags!! Very small babies always seem to be attracted to the tags of soft toys – don’t know why but when all of my three kids were about 6 months + they would focus on the tags, move them around, etc. Now that I write it down it sounds weird! When they get older, especially if they suck their thumb, they’ll rub the tags on their lip while they suck. My daughter is so particular that she’ll only go to sleep holding on to the yellow tag. Wow – that was a long response. In short, babies just love tags. Take my word for it! x

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      1. Martha Stepp

        I have wondered about the safety of having an open tag for little ones to put their fingers in. When my sister worked in an ER she told of a tiny little girl who had twisted a piece of tag like these around her finger. It was there for a while during her nap and her tiny finger lost its blood supply and had to be amputated. I think you could simply sew the tags all around so that wouldn’t happen. Just a thought.

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        1. laurabehindthehedgerow

          Thanks for the comment Martha. Of course you are right and hearing a personal story like that always makes one sit up and take notice. Personally, I don’t think the risk is great and I would continue to make these with open tags. However, it would be simple to just sew a line of stitching down the middle of each tag once it’s folded over so children couldn’t put their fingers through. That’s the great things of making things ourselves – we can adapt them to suit us perfectly! Lx

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  5. Norma

    Thanks for such an easy tut! I have six grand kids and more on the way. I am making some of these today… They are adorable! I will make some extra ones to keep at home!

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      1. Norma

        I have made half a dozen…they are adorable! Thanks for the tip on sewing the corners, they are perfect! Who would think that one stitch would make such a difference. That has been the best tip ever!
        Thanks!

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  6. Jean Faulkner

    I have a Great Great Grandson who will be here in April 2014. I sure want to try this right away.
    I am 86 and haven’t sewn for some time, but I have to make this for my big guy. Thanks so much. I haven’t seen any like this before. It is just famtastic.!!! .

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow

      You don’t have to use double gauze but you do want something soft. Maybe some soft flannel or even baby wale corduroy (although I don’t know if that would stand the test of time). You could always use minky on the back and Liberty on the front. x

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  8. Bev Curd

    Such a great idea! My Great-Grandson has a similar blanket that my daughter spent a small fortune for! He loves it, can’t sleep without it and he’s almost 4 now. Anyway, I’ve become inspired to make some of these for the local “Home of the Innocents!” I think those babies could really use a tag blanket! I don’t have a lot of material or $$, but things always seem to work out!
    Thanks so much!!

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  12. barbara jean

    I think this is great! I made one the other night and am very excited to make another one!!! I added a clean cereal bag to the middle so it would have that crinkly sound. It came out pretty good!

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  13. Diane Knight

    Do you have to use 100% cotton? Wouldn’t polyester wash better as cotton wrinkles a lot . I think I would put either flannel or cotton pellon batting on the inside it would be very soft.

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow Post author

      Hi Diane. Of course you could use polyester however I find that the Liberty and double gauze don’t wrinkle too much. The most wrinkly part tends to be the tags. Yes, it would be lovely and soft with some batting. Good luck!

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  14. barbara jean

    I made this but I added a clean cereal bag inside so it would make a crinkly noise.It was a hit at the baby shower.I made up a poem to go with it.I plan to make many more!Thanks for the idea!!

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  15. juleandbee

    oh my goodness. awesomest taggie ever! i love the idea of making the tags instead of using ribbon. i just made one (didn’t have liberty fabric, unfortunately) and it looks amazing! even though i don’t think the baby necessarily needs another one, i can’t stop myself from cranking another one or two out…thank you for the amazing tutorial!!
    -bee

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