Friday, March 25, 2011

taggy blanket

When I taught kindergarten we had a little chant that went -
"texture, texture, how things feel"
A perfect description for a Taggy Blanket.

I had never seen one of these until a friend
of ours got one as a gift for her son.
It is fun to play with him and watch him
touch the tags - he definitely has some favorites.

It was pretty easy to make.
You will need:
1/2 yard soft material for front
1/2 yard soft material for back
12 five inch pieces of ribbon (various widths and textures)

wash and dry your fabric first
cut both a front piece and back piece about 18" x 23" each
place the front fabric face up
fold ribbons and pin them to the good side of the fabric
pin them with the fold pointing towards the middle
space the ribbons evenly apart on each side

pin the back piece to the front, good sides facing

sew a seam around the blanket leaving about a 3-4 inch
opening so you can turn the blanket right side out

clip corners and turn the blanket right side out
make sure the corners are completely pushed out
top stich around the blanket

Finished blanket measures about 20" x 16"

When I googled taggy blankets I saw lots of variations.

One was made by quilting pieces together - very charming
One was a mini - 6" x 6" with 2 ribbons on each side
One had something crinkly (diaper wipes package) sewed in the middle to make noise

By the time you read this our little Cedar will have his, I hope he likes it!


Holly said...

My niece's baby loves tags! She will find a tag on any blanket and chew happily on it for hours. This is such a great idea for her. Love your colors!

Wendy said...

This is a great idea and would be perfect for my patients. One of the lessons we teach is about texture and this would go perfect with it. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Crickit said...

This blanket is really cute and what a great idea! I am sure that Cedar will love it!

lindsey said...

I really like this...may just have to make one!

I'm Cindy said...

Oh too cute!! Great colors!! Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

Cedar had the best Grandma!
So (sew) what's next?

Debbie said...

I've never seen a taggy blanket. What an interesting concept for texture! Thanks for sharing this idea :D

Flamingo said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love these lil' taggy blankets! I bought one for my daughter when we were adopting from China. I wish I would have had them when my other kids were babies...they would have loved them!

LDH said...

So cute and your instructions are easy to follow too! Sweet perusing through your latest posts :)

Kindly, Lorraine

Just a little something from Judy said...

This is one of my grandchildren's favorite things. They like the ribbons and I am sure Cedar will too.