If you’re anything like me, you may never have heard of a tag blankie before you had kids or your friends had kids or you became an aunt or uncle. And then (if you’re anything like me) you maybe looked at said tag blanket and thought…what? And if you don’t actually know what I’m talking about – tag blankets are these little tiny blankets with tags (ribbons, really) sewn into the sides for kiddos to play with. And they love them.
So I whipped up this little tag blanket for E a while back and it’s been a big hit. She loves to grab it and throw it around, tossing it behind her and then turning around to find it. Also, chewing on those ribbons is way cool. We can play peek-a-boo with it. It’s hard to drop in the car so it’s a great diversion while driving, one she can’t easily toss to the floor and then cry about. The ribbons are great to munch on. It makes an adequate last-resort burp cloth or nose-wiper. And did I mention the ribbons? Yeah. The ribbons. They’re like baby crack.
I used the simple pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby and it only took me part of an evening to throw it together. (And I’m no seamstress, so that’s saying something.) I used a lovely, soft cotton flannel and some ribbons I had been saving for who knows how long, with the intention of using them for something eventually. Well, that something finally emerged! The only thing I would do differently is leave out the satiny ribbons. They did not hold up well and, despite being sewn in securely, all but one have fallen off already. The grosgrain ribbons, however, are nice and secure. The blanket measures about 12 inches by 12 inches and the ribbons vary in length – probably between about 1-3 inches. What a fun, quick project!