There is nothing sweeter than a homemade gift for you or your new baby! When my daughter was born (over a year ago – eek!), I was overwhelmed with the time and effort that people put into their gifts for her! So I’m paying it forward, and making these homemade heart taggie blankets as my first of many homemade gifts for other little ones.
With Valentine ’s Day quickly approaching, I knew a heart-shaped blankie would be a great gift idea to highlight the holiday, but would also be cute and feminine.
Start by printing this template:
One Minky fabric
One soft flannel fabric
Fabric pen or pencil
Variety of ribbons
I know as soon as I saw this beautiful heart minky fabric from Pick Your Plum that I would be making something beautiful with it!
To start, print the above template and cut out the “half-heart”. Use this template to trace the heart shape onto each of the two fabrics, using a fabric pen or pencil [Sorry! My fabric pen is so faint in the picture!]. I did this by first tracing a straight line (using a ruler) as the centre of my heart, then lining up the template on either side of the line, and tracing the outline.
Next you want to cut out your fabric hearts. I cut approx. 1/2 “ away from the line on each heart so that I would have a seam allowance (later you will sew directly on that heart outline).
Next, line up the fabric hearts so that the “good” sides are together.
Then design where you want your ribbons to go. Cut each ribbon into a 5″ piece (you want your tags to be about 2″ each).
I chose coordinating ribbons and colours for Valentine’s Day. I also ordered them in a pattern, but you can do whatever you like! I left approx. an inch between each ribbon, and pinned all of the ribbons in place.
Sew the heart along the lines you traced originally, leaving a gap at the bottom to pull the inside of the heart through. Then cut off any excess fabric around the edges.
Pull the heart right-side out through your opening, then sew along the edges once again. I had a very small seam allowance. This time, you can sew all the way around, including closing the opening you had previously left.
And that’s it! A beautiful gift for a new baby!!
My daughter LOVED her taggie blanket SO much! I cannot wait to give these to some more little girls that will LOVE them as well :)
Hope you liked the tutorial!
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