Have you ever noticed that babies are more interested in the tags on their toys than the actual toy themselves? A few years back my Mum and I laughed at my niece and discussed her fascination for the little tag on her doll. Within days of that conversation I found someone too had noticed this baby phenomena and made a doll full of taggies – bright and colourful tags attached to it head as hair and to its clothes. You can also buy rattles and blankets, books and balls all covered in taggies.
Over the years I have made a few taggy blankets for friends and family and they are loved. Master C is getting to the age where it is all about the tags, so I thought I would make him his own tag blanket rather than playing with his cousin’s bright pink and orange hand-me-down blanket.
- 1 x face washer
- 1 x piece of coordinating fabric cut the same size as your face washer
- a mixture of coordinating ribbon in varying patterns, sizes, shapes and textures (as little or as much ribbon as you like)
Begin by cutting your ribbon to size, remembering that the ribbon will be doubled over and hemmed. You can choose to make the ribbon tags similar in length or vary this across the blanket. A tip is to space out your ribbon on your face washer so you can see where you want it to be attached and how many pieces you will need
Once you have determined where you want your ribbon tags to go, pin these doubled over and facing into the presentation side of your face cloth. I then stitch these to the very edge of the face cloth as a bit of insurance policy so that the will never detach from the finished product while a baby is playing with them
The blanket was an immediate hit with the little monkey and all it took to make was 15 minutes from start to finish.
Oh how I could pinch those chubby cheeks!