Taggie blankets are super easy to make. If you are new to sewing and want to learn to quilt, this is a great project to start with.
It doesn’t use binding and it doesn’t take too long to finish up.
Taggie quilts usually feature ribbons or something on the sides of it. They are sensory blankets for babies. Great for baby to touch and look at. They are kind of like loveys, just a little something for little ones to hold on to, but with a little bit more to them.
Here is what you need to complete this project:
9 7-inch blocks ( I used just scrap fabric)
Minky fabric measuring 21×21 inches
Batting measuring 20×20 inches
8 pieces of ribbon measuring 4-inches (I used leftover ribbon scraps for this too)
Let the sewing begin:
Sew your blocks together. First sew 3 rows of 3 blocks and then sew each row together. It should look something like this.
Now ready your ribbons.
Fold each ribbon in half, wrong sides together and stitch down on your quilt top at every place a seam is. Use a 1/8 inch seam allowance (don’t worry about this being too small, you are going to sew over it 2 more times).
Now your quilt top should look like this.
Place your quilt top over a your batting and make sure that everything lines up. Trim or square up your quilt top if it does not. Your batting does not need to be bigger than your quilt top (if it is, you might have a mistake in the next step).
Baste your quilt top to the binding. I used adhesive spray to do this, but you can use pins as well.
Now place your quilt top and binding on top of your minky, right sides together and pin down, leaving an opening for turning about 6-9 inches.
You have cut your minky just a little bit bigger than your quilt top b/c minky tends to shift a little and can be a little you know what, so use those pins.
You should look like this by now.
Now sew all the way around your quilt with a ¼ inch seam allowance. Remember to leave that opening.
Next, turn your quilt inside out through the opening, be sure to push your corners out. Then press. Don’t let your iron touch your minky. They are not friends.
Pin your opening closed.
Now set your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch and turn up the dials, both width and length to the longest they will go. Zig Zag stitch all the way around your quilt, and close up that hole.
Now it’s time to quilt. You can quilt straight lines, diagonal lines or even free motion quilting. You want to do this on the top and stay inside your zig zag stitch.
You don’t have to complete this step, but if you don’t do it, your minky is going to puff out and not stay tacked. Your quilt will not come open, but it just looks better.
Now pat yourself on the back because you are done quilty friend!
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!