DIY Ribbon Tab Baby Blanket
Learn how to make a little blanket with colorful ribbon tabs using this free tutorial. A ribbon tag blanket, which is sometimes called a lovey, has a variety of textures that any baby will love.
These "taggie" blankets aren't really blankets at all, but they work like a security blanket. Because they are so small, they are easy to carry around anywhere and the soft fabrics, ribbons, and textures are soothing to little ones.
Sewing a ribbon tab blanket doesn't take very long and it makes a great baby gift. It's also perfect to give a toddler or a small child with sensory processing disorder so they can feel the different textures.
This project is also a great sewing project for kids. It's best for children 10 and up (though it may be suitable for younger children depending upon their skill level). It should take about 60 minutes to complete the project.
- 1/3 yard flannel
- 1/3 yard textured snuggle fabric (such as Minkee)
- A variety of ribbon and trims (such as satin, grosgrain, ric-rac, embroidered trims, etc.)
- Matching thread
Note: Be sure to pre-wash your fabrics to avoid uneven shrinking.
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Cut the Fabric and Ribbon
Cut the two pieces of fabric so they both measure 12" x 12". You can adjust the size and even the shape of these however you'd like, as long as they both match.
Cut the ribbon and other trims into 5-inch strips. Cut as many pieces of ribbon as you want. Plan for about six or seven pieces per side for a 12-inch blanket.
Pin and Lay out the Ribbons
Decide which ribbons you will use on each side of the blanket, mixing up the colors and textures.
Lay the flannel piece of fabric right side up on your work surface. Fold a piece of ribbon in half, line up the ends of the ribbon along the edge of the blanket, and pin it in place.
Space out the ribbons evenly along one edge, and continue around each side.
Sew the Ribbon Tabs to the Blanket
Secure the ribbons in place by sewing along the edge of the fabric using a scant 1/4-inch seam allowance. Go very slowly when you sew over the ribbons to make sure they stay in place. Remove each pin just before the sewing machine needle gets to it. Sew around the entire blanket.
Sew the Blanket Together
Lay the ribbon tab fabric right (ribbon) side up on your work surface.
Lay the other piece of fabric right side down on top of your ribbon tab fabric. Line up the edges as well as you can and pin the two layers of fabric together.
Using a 3/8-inch seam allowance, sew around the entire edge of the blanket. Leave an opening about 4" wide for turning the blanket right side out and back stitch at the beginning and end.
Before you flip the blanket right side out, trim the corners, making sure you do not cut through the stitching. This reduces the fabric bulk at the corners.
Top Stitch the Lovey Blanket
Reach in through the hole you left in the blanket seam, grab one of the far corners of the blanket, and pull it out through the hole. Use a bone folder or similar tool to gently poke out each corner.
At this point, it's a good idea to carefully press the edges of the blanket. Be sure to iron on the flannel side to avoid scorching the textured fabric. When you get to the edge where the open seam is, fold the raw edges in and pin it together.
Pin around the edges to hold the seams open.
Sew a line around the outside edge of the blanket one more time. Leave about a 1/8-inch seam allowance. This secures the ribbons more, gives your blanket a finished look, and closes the opening in the seam.
Finish the Ribbon Tab Blanket
All that is left to do with the ribbon tab blanket now is to check all of the seams. Gently tug on all of the ribbons to make sure they are secure and safe for baby.
Because there are so many choices for soft and textured fabrics, as well as the vast array of ribbons and trims available, you can make unlimited combinations of these adorable ribbon tab blankets!