Personalized Taggies

Personalized Taggies - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I have found the baby gift I am making for baby showers for the rest of my life!
I LOVE these!

One of my friends just had a sweet little girl on Thursday, and I brought her dinner on Saturday.
For some reason a meal and cookies just didn’t cut it.
I think running this blog is rubbing off of me! :)

I HAD to make her something cute.
I had less than 24 hours to come up with something and I made this!
I know sweet Brynnlee will love holding this Personalized Taggie.

- Supplies -
Fabric – 1/4 Yard or Fat Quarter
Minky Fabric – 1/4 Yard
Vanishing Fabric Marker
Ribbon
Thread
Optional: Diaper wipes package to make the crinkly sound

The first step is to find your letter.
I just found a letter shape I liked on my computer writing program.
I made it as big as I could, printed it, and then cut out the shape.
If it has a center, cut out those pieces as well.

Then take your letter and trace it onto your fabric using your Vanishing Fabric Marker.
Outline the center too.

Then you will cut out your letter.
Leave the center uncut.

Next you will trace your letter on your backing fabric.
Make sure you trace the letter on the wrong side of the fabric.
Also, if your letter has a center, trace the pieces you cut out in the first step.
Then cut.

Now for the ribbon!

It is best to use different colors and types of ribbon.
I mixed it up by using a little Double Ruffle Ribbon, Moonstitch Ribbon, Ric Rac, Solid Grosgrain, and Swiss Dots Ribbon.
I cut my ribbon to be three inches long.
I usually do about 4 pieces per ribbon to start off.

Test your ribbon length by making a loop and putting it up to the shape.
Make it shorter or longer according to your taste.
Remember that 1/2″ will disappear when it’s sewn and turned.

Now pin your ribbon loops onto the front of your fabric.
You can pin them as close or as far apart as you’d like.

Next you will sew the ribbon to the fabric.
Sew close to the edge.

Once you are done sewing the ribbon to the fabric, you will attach your minky fabric.
Put right sides together, pin, and sew.
I used less than a 1/4″ seam, because I didn’t want my “B” shape to get much smaller.
Make sure to leave a small opening to turn it right side out.

(If you have troubles with sewing minky fabric, a walking foot for your sewing machine does wonders! I got mine on Amazon.com. Just make sure it will work with your sewing machine. :))

When you’ve sewn it together, turn it right side out.
Press the seams and then top stitch the opening shut. Continue top stitching around the shape.

If your letter has a center, we are going to add the minky to the front.

Pin the minky fabric down where you have marked and sew around the edge.

Oh isn’t it cute!?!

Personalized Taggies - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And here is the back.

Personalized Taggies - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Personalized Taggies - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

These Personalized Taggies are absolutely perfect gifts for new babies and expecting moms.
They really show that a lot of thought went into their gift, but they are very quick and easy to do.

I hope you love them as much as I do. :)


If you’d like a tutorial on how to make a regular tag blanket, we have one that is great to follow.
Just click the link!

And to make the crinkly sound in the tag blanket, you can use a diaper wipes package.
They are perfect!

Just cut them out and sew onto the back of the fabric before you sew the fabric and the minky together.

Let me know if you have any questions! :)

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18 Comments

  1. Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  2. Liz
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    This is cute. To make it even more special, go to your local dollar store and pickup some celophane wrapping paper. (The clear stuff that is used for gift baskets etc), Put some of this inside(either while assembling or stuff it before sewing up the gap left for turning it right side out). Your taggie wil now make the krinkle sound when handled; adding one more sensory affect.

    • Shirley
      Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      That is a great idea! Thanks Liz! :)

  3. Posted August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    So cute!! I want to try to make so many things for my baby nieces!

  4. Brittany
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    So cute! I love it!

  5. Valerie Balmforth
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Just a tip, such a cute baby item. When you have two different colors of fabric, for instance your pink and whiet, unless it is your intention to have the thread show on the back, try using the clear thread in your bobbin and then you won’t see the thread. Love it!

    • Shirley
      Posted August 31, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Great tip Valerie! I definitely liked having the thread show and it was my intention so you could still see the B shape on the back. But if you don’t want the stitching showing, using clear thread or a matching thread would work. :)

  6. Claire Miller
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    LOVE this!!!!! so cute!!! Thank you for this idea!!!

  7. Diane Borst
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    This is such a cute idea. I made square ones for my two granddaughters when they were infants. They are now 2-1/2 and 1-1/2 and still love them. These make great gifts for toddlers, too, not just infants! Thanks for sharing this one! Diane

  8. Ingrid Walden
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    About how tall/wide is the letter?

    • Shirley
      Posted September 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ingrid! It’s about 10″ tall/ 7″ wide. I couldn’t make it any bigger on my word document, but I am sure there is a way to make it bigger. Maybe in Paint or any other picture program? Hope this helps!

  9. Berg the bow maker
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Okay, I feel so stupid asking this question,but what are these? /:(

    • Shirley
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      Don’t feel stupid! :) These are for babies. When babies play with their toys, they almost always end up playing with the tag on the toy. So ribbon makes perfect tags for little blankets and this is just a different take on it. Very cute and popular!

  10. Posted January 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely adorable! My 2 yr old is forever carrying her huge blankie around. I’m thinking about recycling the blankie into something like this since there is some decent blankie to salvage. Do you think that will work?

    • Shirley
      Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Yes definitely! And I think it would make it more special since it’s her favorite blankie! The shape of the letter is quite small, about 8 1/2″ x 12″ so you wouldn’t need much fabric. And you can always add more if you do need it.

  11. Chris Anne
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to make this!!! What font did you use? I’m having trouble finding one I like.

  12. Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Looking at all these sewing tutorials I’m itching to get me a sewing machine.

    But I can’t sew for nuts!

    d:(

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