Little Lion has really taken to rubbing and chewing on the tags of just about everything lately. I have seen blankets in stores with tags all over, and I know he would probably love them, but when I came across some adorable and super soft minky fabric in the remnants section of the fabric store at 75% off, I was inspired to try to make one myself! It is his new favorite, and for just a few dollars it was a super inexpensive and relatively simple project!
You will need...
- 1/2 yard soft fabric (I used minky...I love the texture!)
- ribbon in various widths and colors (I used several rolls I had left over from a previous project)
- sewing machine
- corresponding thread
Start by cutting your materials. You will need two equal sized squares of fabric, laid right sides in. You will also need ribbons of various sizes and colors. Cut enough for the design you want. Remember that the tags that hang off the blanket will be a little less than half the length of the ribbon. I cut my lengths about 4-5 inches long (I didn't care about them being exactly uniform, so I didn't measure).
Lay out your fabric and your ribbons to design a pattern. I like symmetry, so mine is the same all around, but yours doesn't have to be.
Then, if you are using any wider ribbon, you will probably want to fold it in half and iron a crease so that the tags lay flat.
PSA - Make sure your iron is not set on high. You may end up with melted gooey ribbon.
To prevent this from happening, you can also lay a paper towel over your ribbon to shield it from the heat.
Pretty folded ribbons!
Next, you will want to pin your ribbons before you sew. Make sure you pin them between the layers, with the crease to the inside and the edges to the outside. I pinned one side at a time, sewed, and then started on the next side.
It is easier to pin the tiny ribbons vertically. This part was a bit tricky.
Then smooth out your fabric. You will have a ribbon sandwich. Sew a straight seam down the side.
After you sew, your ribbons should stick out through the seam.
Then, repeat the same process with the other three sides.
When you get to the end of the last side, leave a gap (about 3 inches) unsewn. You will need this hole to turn your blanket right side out. I didn't leave quite enough room and had to use a seam ripper to open the hole up. I ended up with an open corner.
Once your blanket is right side out, fold the fabric under...
...pin any tags that need to be added into that space...
...and then sew the hole up as close to the edge as you can.
And voila! You have a beautiful, cozy, texture rich blanket any little one would love!