I’m becoming an aunt again (!!!), and the baby news has me very busy in the craft room. I recently spent some time making gifts for my soon-to-be nephew, including a “taggie.” Or, “lovey,” you might call it.
You know, the little square of fabric with tags and crinkles inside?
It was fun and easy, and I want to share a tutorial so you can try it, too! If you’re looking for a simple, cute homemade gift using things you most likely have around the house… try this one out!
What you’ll need:
- Fabric (2 pieces, 12 x 12 inches each – I used Winnie the Pooh for theme and minky fabric for softness)
- Plastic grocery sack
- Measuring tape
First, cut the fabric.
I chose 12 x 12 inches for this, but you could use any size. You’ll lose about 1 – 2 inches all around after sewing, so just be sure to account for that.
Then, cut the ribbon.
I cut my ribbons between 6 and 7 inches, but again, this is up to you. Feel free to play with various lengths to give your finished product more uniqueness.
Assemble the ribbon.
First, place the bottom piece of fabric face-up. Then, assemble the ribbon by folding it in half and placing it on top of the fabric. Pin in place, ensuring the loops face inward.
Complete the layers.
Place the top layer of fabric on top, face-down. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are touching, and the ribbons are sandwiched between them.
Remove the pins from the ribbon, and re-pin.
Carefully remove the pins that are holding the ribbons in place. Then, re-pin all layers together.
Sew around the edges, leaving a small opening.
Sew all the edges, about 1/2 inch in on all sides. Make sure to leave a couple inches open for turning it inside it out.
Tip! Sew a few back stitches to reinforce the corners.
Optional: To reduce bulk, carefully cut excess fabric from the corners.
Turn the item right-side out.
Using the opening, carefully pull the fabric back through so it’s right-side out. Use something long (like a pencil!) to poke inside the corners.
Insert the plastic sack.
Measure the plastic bag to your taggie’s finished size, and cut the bag to fit. Then, carefully insert the bag through the opening in your fabric. Do your best to straighten it out – this can be tricky since you can’t actually see the bag within your taggie.
Sew closed the opening.
Next, you’ll sew around the opening. For a uniformed look, sew about 1/2 inch around all the sides. Pin the fabric to keep it in place as you sew. When you sew the opening closed, be careful to tuck the edges of the fabric inside so your seam matches the rest.