How To Make A Tag Blanket

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Babies love these!
And what’s even nicer, is they are so easy to make!


Fabric (2 fat quarters or less)

These tag blankets measure about 16″ x 16″.
If you want, you can go bigger or smaller, but for this tutorial,
we will be using these measurements.

The first thing I did was cut out the fabric for the back.

I used a soft minky fabric for both blankets. The fabric I had was from scraps,
so I sewed two pieces together to get 16″ x 16″. A 1/4 yard of fabric will be enough, but you will have to sew pieces together to get this measurement.

For the top, I only had 10″ x 10″ of the main fabric,
so I pieced fabric around it to get my 16″ x 16″ measurement.

I cut out 3.5″ strips, 2 strips 10″ long for the top and bottom,
and 2 strips 16″ long for the sides.
(I actually didn’t have 16″ long strips of the fabric,
so I had to do two pieces to make it long enough.)

Sew the top and bottom strips using 1/4″ seam and press.

Then sew the two side strips and press.

I thought the top needed a little something else, so I stitched a seam around the border of the main fabric.

Now is the fun part of adding the ribbons!

You can do so many different things here.

You can fold the ribbons, like shown, or you can leave them sticking straight out (with sealed ends of course.) You can use any size of ribbon, or you can even use Ric Rac! You can put as many ribbons on as you want, even layering them on top of each other, or you can space them out. There are so many wonderful ways to do this!

For these blankets, I used 3/8″ ribbon, and they stick out a little less than 2 inches.

For the girl tag blanket, I used all the ribbon from the Mother’s Day 3/8″ Ribbon Mix.

I set them to be about 1 1/2″ apart. I used 8 pieces per side, 2 of each ribbon in the mix.

To make the ribbons stick out a little less than 2 inches, I cut each one to be 4 inches long.

Then I folded and pinned the ribbons down, one side at a time.

I sewed the ribbons down with less than a 1/4″ seam.

You can pin them all down and then sew all sides, but I did one side at a time.

After you’ve sewn all the ribbons down, you are done with the top!

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The next step is to sew your top and bottom pieces right sides together.

Use a 1/4″ seam, leaving an opening to turn it right side out.

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

When finished sewing, turn right side out, and use a turning tool to push the edges out.

Press the edges down.

Pin the opening shut.

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The last step is to sew the opening shut; use whatever seam is best to make sure the edges of the opening are sewn together. For me, it was a little less than a 1/4″.

Continue sewing a top stitch all the way around the blanket.

And you’re done!

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The fabric used in this tag blanket was Colorful Floral With Dots in Dilly Dally by Me and My Sister for Moda and Baby Pink Essential Dots for the top, and a white dot minky fabric for the back.

I did two of them for my Sister-in-law who is having twins.
Both of the blankets were made to match the Personalized Name Pillows.

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The fabric used for this tag blanket is Grass Balls in Freebird Twill for Moda. The creme fabric is no longer in stock, and I can’t remember the name of it. Sorry! The back is a brown minky dot fabric.

I used different ribbons for the tags. I used the same green that is in the Mother’s Day 3/8″ Ribbon Mix, Brown/White Saddle Stitch Ribbon in 3/8″, Blue/White Swiss Dots Ribbon in 3/8″, and Lime/Blue Dizzy Dots Ribbon in 3/8″.

How To Make A Tag Blanket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My Sister-in-law loved them! And I am pretty sure her cute babies will too!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment.
Your comments are really appreciated!

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  1. Posted April 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I love theses. I’ve been wanting to make one for a friend who is expecting now I know how. Thanks a bunch…I will definitely be placing an online order to get ‘er done!

  2. Lora A
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Alice
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. My daughter is expecting her 3rd child and now I can make her something different than my regular baby quilts.

  4. Audra
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I have made one of these and they are very cute and fun! I also added crinkly material to so it would make noise! Very good job!

    • Shirley
      Posted April 11, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      That is a fantastic idea! Was the crinkly material on the outside or inside of the blanket?

  5. Maria
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us…. I love them… What a beautiful gift this will make for baby showers and for my Grandson to come 🙂 Thank you again, Maria

  6. Brittany
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    So cute! It makes me wish my babies were still little!

  7. Sharon
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Cute! I have made blankets, bibs, burp cloths and even though I knew how these were made, never made one. I might have to now since I know I have scraps and lots of ribbon lying around! I am interested in the crinkly material too. What do you use to make it crinkle?

    • Shirley
      Posted July 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sharon! I think you can use anything that makes a crinkly sound. I’ve heard of people using diaper wipes containers or any packaging material that gives the sound you like. It would be really easy to add this inside of a tag blanket. 🙂

      • Linda
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

        I was told to use the plastic from a cereal box on the inside to make the crinkly noise.

  8. Dion Carrisalez
    Posted September 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    He is a real professional and wonderful to interact with.

  9. Colleen
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SO MUCH- I’m a ‘sewing virgin’ and just been tinkering to learn… I made the CUTEST taggie for my son following your ‘how to’-

  10. Yolanda
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for sharing! The pictures and step by step instructions are easy to follow. You presented each level clearly. Great job!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 16, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Thank you Yolanda! We are so glad you love it! 🙂 – Shirley

  11. Janine
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these and am going to make a bunch! I have never heard of them. A dear friend just became a first time Grammy yesterday to a 1 lb 14oz little one, we’re praying deeply for him. One question, and don’t mean to be the downer but, does anyone freak out about the loop and fingers, arms getting caught or twisted in them? I feel I need to do something for them~~he’s doing well so far.

    • Posted April 15, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Janine! Thank you for your comment! We are so sorry to hear about your friend’s grandson. Good luck to her and her family. Thanks for sharing and for being a good friend. 🙂
      As far as I know, we have not had any issues with fingers or arms getting caught or twisted in the loops. I suggest just making sure that your loops are small to avoid such issues. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      • Deb Yeska
        Posted August 11, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

        I was concerned about the twisting/caught fingers too. I felt more comfortable using wider ribbons. I feel they are less likely to twist on baby fingers. I put 4-5 on each side, depending on the widths. Just a suggestion. I gave for shower gifts and they were a great hit! 🙂 Wonderful tutorial! Thank you!

        • The Ribbon Retreat
          Posted August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

          Hi Deb! Thank you so much for your comment and tip! I love the idea of using wider ribbons. It would also look so cute with a combination of wide and more narrow ribbons to give it some dimension and some added personality! The possibilities are endless, and they all would look amazing! Thank you again for your quick tips! I am sure all that receive your tag blankets as gifts love them…I know I would! 🙂 Have a wonderful day Deb! Michelle 🙂

  12. Hazvineyi Matimbira
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Wonderful things i really like it .can you please show us many baby patterns and designs,i need to learn more.

  13. Posted December 30, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I fell in love with your website after finding this post somewhere on the web. I have ordered all of the material needed for the chevron blanket and plan on making that next. I did make the Tag Blankie and loved it so much that I ended up making three of them. Thank you for such an easy tutorial….so easy that even I was able to make it 🙂

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mamma! Thank you so much for your sweet words! I love that you ordered all of your supplies and made these super cute blankets. Your blog post looks awesome, and your taggies look amazing! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  14. Carolyn
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Hi Shirley! Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! I was wondering though, is all ribbon safe for babies to suck on? I was wondering about the toxicity of it, or, is there special ribbon used for babies that is baby safe? Does anybody know? Thanks!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carolyn! Thank you for your question. I actually went to our owner with your question and she said that most ribbons should be okay, but you may want to wash them first. She also recommends using mainly solid color ribbons and ribbon prints that are heat-transferred to be safe. I hope this helps! Thank you again Carolyn and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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