by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)
Often something small to hold and snuggle with will do the trick. Make your baby a soft and colorful tag blanket (blankie). The little tags of ribbon around the sides of the blankie will give your baby something to play with while he falls asleep and the fleece will feel soft against his skin. Tag blankies also make a great inexpensive homemade baby shower gift.
What you need
Step 1: Measure and cut a 12-inch square from both fleece and cotton material.
Step 2: Measure and cut 32 3-inch lengths of ribbon.
Step 3: Fold each ribbon in half and iron the fold.
Step 4: Pin one folded ribbon ever 1 1/2 inches along all four edges of the fleece starting 3/4 of an inch in from each corner so you have eight ribbons pinned along each edge. Line the open end of the folded ribbons up with the edge of the fleece. Sew along all four sides of the fleece with a 1/4-inch seam allowance to hold the ribbons in place. Remove the straight pins as you sew.
Step 5: Place the fleece and cotton material together with the right sides of both facing each other so the ribbons are sandwiched between the two. Sew the two pieces together along all four edges with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 4-inch opening in the middle of one of the sides. Turn the blankie right side out through the 4-inch opening.
Step 6: Fold the raw edges along the 4-inch opening in a 1/2 inch and iron the folds as well as the rest of the sides of the blankie.
Step 7: Top stitch along all four sides of the blankie with a 1/4-inch seam allowance to hold the two layers flat against each other as well as to close the 4-inch opening.
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