Make your baby a cute and interactive tag blanket that crinkles!
I actually first made this project for O when he was a baby and I’ve been wanting to share it for a while but I can’t seem to find the original version. So this weekend I whipped up a new one for baby V, it took way less than an hour and she loves it. The tags are all different textures and the toy makes an interesting crinkly sound when she grabs it so it’s working more than just her sense of touch. Overall, it’s a hit!
But first, before our regularly scheduled programming, a common sense disclaimer: If you make this toy for your baby, do not let them play with it unattended. Do not leave it in their crib, carseats or pack and plays etc. and just generally watch them. Got it? Ok.
Here’s how I made it:
Crinkly Tag Blanket
Plastic bag or empty baby wipe wrapper (choose something you can clean).
1. First, cut open your baby wipe wrapper and figure out how much crinkly plastic you can get. My tag blanket ended up being about 7″ square. But you can make yours however much smaller you want. I wouldn’t make it a lot bigger or it will be hard for babies to handle. 2. Then, out of an overabundance of caution, I used a hole punch to punch a bunch of holes all over the plastic sheet. Remember, you’re never going to leave baby unattended with this, but on the off chance it got over their face, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just a full sheet of plastic. Holes made it more crinkly sounding anyway.
3. Cut your tag pieces. I cut lengths of ribbon in varying lengths depending on if they were going to be loops or straight pieces. Just make sure your loops aren’t long enough that baby could get a hand or foot stuck in them. 4. Cut two squares of your quilting fabric the same size as the plastic sheet. Lay the first fabric square right side UP on your table. Then lay the ribbon tag pieces down pointing TOWARDS the inside of the fabric square. In the picture I pinned them temporarily. 5. Then lay the other fabric square on top, right side DOWN. 6. Add the plastic sheet on top of that. 7. Then move your pins so they go through all three layers (two layers of fabric plus one layer of plastic) and through the ribbons and trim. Make sure your ribbon pieces are secure. 8. Using your sewing machine, sew around the whole thing with a 1/2″ seam, MAKE SURE you leave a few inches open along one side open for turning. I usually go over every ribbon end more than once to make sure they’re super secure. 9. Trim the corners. 10. Turn your tag blanket right side out through the opening. Then pin the opening closed and topstitch around the whole thing with a 1/4″ seam (this will close the opening). And that’s it, you’re done!
Baby V loved it!
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