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!
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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 20 Liberty fabric scraps of varying sizes. I bought a pack of Washed and Worn Liberty Scraps from Ray Stitch in London. Cut each piece with a width of between 4 -9.5 cm and a length of between 8.5 – 12.5 cm.
- 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)
- coordinating thread, lots of pins, rotary cutter and mat are useful but not essential
Making The Tags
- To make a tag, fold your fabric scrap in half lengthwise with right sides together (RST) press.
- Sew the long edge with a 0.5cm seam allowance.
- Press the seam allowance open.
- 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.
- When you’ve done all 20 they will look like this.
Attaching the tags to the blanket
- On the right side of the Liberty square measure 3cm in from each corner and pin a tag.
- 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.
Assembling the blanket
- Now you’ll make a nice neat pile of your three fabrics in this order, starting on bottom:
- Flannel/lining fabric (doesn’t matter which side is up)
- Liberty fabric (with tags attached) right side up
- Double gauze right side down
Pin the three layers together.
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.
- Turn the blanket right side out through the opening.
- Take your time to push the corners out gently so they’re nice and sharp.
- Press the blanket flat, tucking in the seam allowance from the opening.
- Topstitch around the entire blanket. One final press and you’re done! Well done!
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.
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.