Tag Blankie Tutorial

It seems like EVERYONE is drinking (or drank) ‘the water‘ and is pregnant or just had a baby. (That is why I’ll stick with coffee and Dr. Pepper!) So if you haven’t noticed most of my crafts/tutorials are baby related and that is the main reason. That and they’re fun and easy to make!

I followed this AWESOME tutorial over at Design, Dining + Diapers. Go check her out here. I altered mine just a little with the size since I wanted a little bit bigger one.

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What You’ll Need:

*Depending on the size of blanket you want to make. The tutorial I followed did it with a 12″x12″ square. Mine came out to 17″x25″

1 yd of fabric for top (minky) – On sale at Joann’s for 50% off, came out to $6/yd + 15% off coupon

1 yd of fabric for bottom (flannel) – On sale at Joann’s for 60%, off came out to $2.67/yd + 15% off coupon

1 Spool of ribbon – $1.97 at WalMart

Matching thread – $2.16 at WalMart

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Lay out your fabric and cut the size of blanket you want. Like I said above, the tutorial I followed did a 12×12 square which seemed perfect, but I just had extra fabric so I made mine a little bigger.

Cut your ribbon into 5″ strips

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Lay out your minky fabric with right side up. Fold the ribbon in half with wrong sides together and pin evenly around the blanket with the ribbon loop inward. I pinned mine every 3″. image-2

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Now put your flannel on top with the right side facing down so right sides are together and one by one take the pin from the ribbon and re-pin through all three layers.

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Sew all the way around leaving about a 4″ opening and flip the blanket right side out..

(You’ll probably have to take a ribbon out that you pinned to do this.. don’t worry, you’ll put it back later)

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Now fold in and pin the fabric of that hole with the ribbon you took out back in place and sew it closed. I also sewed around the blanket again for a more finished look..

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DIY Hooded Baby Swaddler

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I found this on Pinterest (duh). It was originally made a car seat swaddler, but it was for a friend so I just made it a regular one. You can find the original tutorial and fab blog here.

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What you’ll need: (I got everything at walmart and spent less than $15)

1 yd of fabric for outside – usually patterned (the original tutorial says flannel – I wish I would have gotten something really fuzzy and soft)

1 yd of fabric for inside – usually solid color (same as above)

1 yd of batting

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Lay your fabric out with right sides together and fold it twice so it’ll be a quarter of what it was before.

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Take a pen or fabric marker and freehand a design like this. You can tell the raw edges are the ones that will be cut off.

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Then cut along the line you made.

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Lay your two pieces of fabric (with right sides still facing each other) out on your batting and pin down.

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Cut around the fabric so you now have two layers of fabric and a layer of batting all pinned together.

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Sewing around the perimeter with the batting on the bottom leaving one big round corner open and turn the blankie right side out.

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Now lay out the blankie flat and fold the open corner with right sides facing together. I didn’t get a picture so I drew on this one of where you’d fold it (on the grey line).

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Now that it’s right side out and folded with right sides facing each other you’ll draw a line (yellow line below) and sewing along basically cutting off the rounded corner and making a hood.

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After you’ve sewn along that yellow line cut off the excess and I did a zigzag stitch (unless you have a nifty serger) to make the edges in the hood look better and not so sharp.

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I sewed around the blankie to give it a more finished look.

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And wallah!

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Like I said, if I were to do this again I would definitely gone with a nice really plush fabric, at least for the inside. Overall it was a super simple craft and it took me less than an hour.