Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tag Blanket Pattern & Tutorial

UPDATE
After offering my "Maggie the Taggie Owl" pattern to the faithful readers of my blog for several weeks free of charge, I am now offering the pattern in my Etsy store for the reasonable price of $5. For that charge I will send you the pattern in a PDF document and this blog post will be used for the assembly instructions.

Last week I mentioned that I'd be making a couple more items to accompany the Ruffled Bib I'd made as a gift for a new arrival. Today I'd like to introduce you to one of those accessories...



Tag blankets are a wonderful gift for a new little one.


Tag blankets were first invented by a woman who noticed that her infant played with the tags of the toys more than the toys themselves. Being an early childhood teacher, she took that idea and made a blanket. I think we've all seen babies that are more fixated on the tag of a blanket than the blanket itself. This is the perfect gift for that child...


By interacting with and exploring the different surfaces of the blanket and ribbons, babies senses are both soothed and stimulated.


"Maggie the Taggie Owl" is a cornucopia of different fabrics and textures. Her body is made of flannel  (tummy), felt (eyes & beak), cotton (face), microsuede (forehead and wings), and a soft, cuddly faux fur covers her backside. Grosgrain and satin ribbon in 1 1/2 inch lengths surround her wings. Ric-Rac decorates her tummy.



Those goofy googly crossed eyes add to her appeal...


A handmade sensory tag blanket can easily be made from a square piece of fabric and about a yard of ribbon, but I wanted to customize something special for our new little granddaughter due in November. I hope it will both entertain and comfort her...


Now for the ...



a.) Cut out all the pattern pieces and applique them onto the body in the following order:

1. forehead
2. beak
3. large eye
4. medium eye
5. small eye
6.) tummy 
7.) ric-rac
8. wings

For a tutorial on how to applique on fabrics, go here.

b.) Cut a variety of ribbons into 4" lengths, fold them in half and pin them to the sides
of the wings with the ribbon toward the tummy of the bird (see below).
Attach the ribbon by sewing 1/8" from the edge around the wings...


c.) Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew front to back, right sides together,
leaving a 4" opening in the bottom of the owl.

Turn the owl right side out and slip stitch the opening shut. 
Top-stitch all around the owl 1/4" from the edge.
Final measurements including tags: 14" x 14"
You've got an adorable tag blanket that will  pique your child's curiosity and lull them to sleep!


 Please visit my 
Etsy Store 
to order the pattern!


Enjoy!

103 comments:

  1. Hi Maggie!!!
    Hello Maggie, I'm an artisan Brazilian and I love your work and your blog. I want to receive the pattern, please. My email is leiagpjoaquim@globomail.com. Thanks and a big hug! Leia Joaquim

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  2. Darling!!! I love your owl take on a regular tag blanket!

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  3. how stinkin cute is this?? i want to find friends with little babes on the way so I can whip one up! prego friends where are you?????

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  4. OMG! This is so cute. Can't wait to try this out. Have a new nephew coming in just a couple of weeks. What a great gift this will be.

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  5. OMG! Maggie is adorable. You are so talented! Thank you for sharing your craft.

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  6. Oh I love this. I have a new niece or nephew on the way and this is a perfect little shower gift.

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  7. Very Nice pil i wil wend you to night à mail for THE patern greetings sofie

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  8. This is such a cute idea! I love it!

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  9. Love this taggie blanket! I love anything with Owls and combing it with something for a baby? Adorable!! Thank you.

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  10. I love it! I have a new niece with an owl themed nursery and this could be perfect for her!

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  11. Love this and I can't wait to make one for my granddaughter.

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  12. THese are just lovely! I make tag blankets all the time but the multi textured owl idea is brilliant! I would love the pattern so I am off to send you and email! Thanks so much!

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  13. I love this and would love to receive the pattern my email is terryd86@gmail.com Thank you for being so generous!

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  14. I LOVE the owl taggie! You always come up with the cutest patterns! Thanks so much for inspiring me to sew!

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  15. Hi, Suzanne
    i love Maggie , she is so cute. I bet my grandgirls would love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. What a wonderful shower gift! Thank you-

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  17. Love your take on the traditional square taggie. So cute!

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  18. This is perfect for a little baby boy I know born yesterday!

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  19. I love this! I'd love a pattern please!

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  20. Whoooo ... couldn't fall in love with this sweet owl.

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  21. Another winner! Thanks so much!

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  22. I just love owls and this is adorable!

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  23. I've been making taggies for years, and kids do love them! I have a friend who is being blessed with a little girl. I made a 27" taggie for her son, so this would be a great way to keep them apart

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  24. Maggie, will make a beautiful addition to any baby's
    wardrobe. God has blessed you with a wonderful crafty mind.

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  25. Maggie is so sweet! Gotta love the taggies!

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  26. Another adorable pattern - who can resist an owl?

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  27. This is a really clever idea! One of my sons was always putting his fingers into the crevices of his blanket when he went to sleep. This probably would have been perfect for him! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Maggie... this is adorable... I will take this pattern also as I am making a baby gift set too... thanks to your help It will be in the works soon...

    email to
    ddsdoubles at hotmail dot com..

    Thanks so much

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  29. I love the owl! You do such amazing work. Cindy

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  30. A baby is all that is needed for this fun play owl.

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  31. This is soooo adorable! I was just talking to a friend the other day concerning the fact that 6 of my friends have announced they are pregnant, most with their second child. I need a new gift idea as so many of them got "tie-shirts" that I made for their 1st borns! I'd love this pattern. overbecklaura@hotmail.com (Love the blog too!)

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  32. Love this! This absolutely adorable! Can't wait to get the pattern to try!

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  33. this is just to sweet for words ! emailing you now .
    have an awesome day!
    sharlene

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  34. This is Adorable! I recently made your hoot owl pillow. A friend of mine made it last year for my niece and I decided to try it out myself. I would love the pattern for this. I love seeing all of your creations. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.
    My email is connierussell.0031@yahoo.com

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  35. I would love Maggie's pattern! Thank you for sharing.

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  36. What a cute idea! I am an avid fan of owls and can't wait to make this for my grandchild. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. So cute! We just had our first grand baby and I would love to make her one

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  38. This is adorable. I have two friends with newborn girls and this would be a perfect little handmade gift. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas.

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  39. This is so cute! I have a few friends that are having/ just had babies and would love to make them each one!

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  40. This is a perfect gift for a friend who is having a baby shower this weekend!

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  41. Another adorable pattern! You are so talented! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  42. Omg! This is the cutest tag gie that i have seen.you are so talented and am so in love with your blog. I would love to have the pattern.my email is lkinatukara@gmail.com
    Thank you so much for sharing your work.

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  43. OMG, pleeeeeeeaaaaaaase, I need the pattern! My daughter's favorites are owls. And your owl is so amazing. Please, give me the chance to surprise my 7years old sweetheart ;) Thank you!

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  44. This is SO cute! Can't wait to make one!

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  45. I don't know how I missed this! Love it.

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  46. Hello Suzanne! I just sent you an email to request the pattern. I am in love with you Maggie the Taggie owl! I can't wait to make one and put it in the next baby shower gift package I am putting together! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

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  47. This is adorable! I have at least three baby showers I need to make this for!

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  48. That is adorable! That could quickly become a staple baby gift item!

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  49. I think this may be the cutest thing I've ever seen! Can't wait to make a couple for my friends twins!

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  50. I love this project and owls in general! PLease forward me the pattern! Pandorascrazylovebox(at)msn(dot)com
    Thanks so much!!!

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  51. I am going t make Maggie for my brand new grandson. Thank you!

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  52. This is ADORABLE!! I can just see it in blues, greens, orange... I would love to make this!

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  53. This adorable blanket would be perfect for a friends baby girl arriving soon!!!

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  54. I can't wait to make one for baby #2 coming in November!

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  55. So cute. I tried a bunny taggie stuffed animal the other day and it definitely didn't turn out that good.

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  56. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. The owl is adorable, thank you so much for sharing. I would love to have the pattern.

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  57. It's simply petfec. I love it and i would be very happy if you were so kind as to send me the patter.
    My email is: aqc1972gmail.com
    Thank you.

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  58. MAGGIE!
    That is super cute and I would LOVE the pattern!
    marcy.dunaway@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  59. Adorable, I would love a pattern, thank you so much!
    paulabray2001@gmail.com

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  60. Triplet have just been born into our family and I would love to sew this adorable owl for each of them! Thanks for sharing! vandeeehrhardt@aol.com

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  61. supermooi cadeautje voor een baby!!! Zou heel graag er eentje zelf maken

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  62. What a hoot the owl. I have a granddaughter coming this fall ,who I would love to make a tag owl toy

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  63. So adorable-this will be the perfect addition to a baby shower gift!

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  64. This is gorgeous ... I will be making one for my 7 month old who just LOVES the tags on all her toys, and also for a good friend having a baby shortly! Thanks!!

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  65. This is adorable! Would love the pattern! (namelessjude182@gmail.com)

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  66. Love this!! Can't wait to try it out.

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  67. yes please... i would love one of these patterns. i love everything "owl" and would love to make one for my grandchild.

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  68. Love your owl. So many fun textures.
    Thanks for sharing

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  69. Absolutely love this! I'd be thrilled to make one for my little girl and would love the pattern!

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  70. I would love the pattern.

    shannon1254@comcast.net

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  71. It's brilliant. One of my daughters went round with a blanket and I am sure that this would have been better for her

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  72. Time to send you another email, I love this little owl!

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  73. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! It will be the perfect gift for a friend's new baby whose nursery just happens to be owl themed!! My e-mail address is cmatthies{at}hotmail{dot}com. Thank you again!

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  74. You are so talented and creative -- always look forward to what you're going to post about next! I just sent you an e-mail message requesting the pattern -- can't wait to get it!

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  75. Another real winner. I have two small grandchildren and several young friends are expecting. Owl Taggies may become my go to baby gift. Please send me the instructions.

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  76. forget making this for a baby - I want one! Maggie the Owl is adorable!

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  77. I love your owl blanket. I would like to make one for my daughter and my sisters soon to be baby.

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  78. Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  79. This is so darn cute! I'm off to email for a copy of the pattern :)
    I love owls!

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  80. This so cute! Owls are my favourite thing at the moment. I have to make one of these!

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  81. The owl is adorable, I would love to make one for our expected grand baby, Email to follow shortly.
    Alison x

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  82. I can't wait to go pick out some cute fabric and get started! I love your creative ideas!!

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  83. I love this ... think I'll make 2 for my friend having twins in September.

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  84. I love it! I have a baby coming in October and have been dying to make some cute new things!

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  85. This is an adorable version of the taggie blanket!!!

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  86. I love the Maggie and would love to have the pattern. I love all of your patterns!!!! Thanks!!!!!

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  87. Thank you so much for sharing all your patterns with your readers! Appreciate you so much! Take Care and God Bless!

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  88. Way too cute! I think I'll add some 'crinkly' to it!

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  89. Absolutely gorgeous...perfect gift idea.

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  90. Oh wow! I have just found your blog and I am in LOVE!! I suspect the next few days will include a large amount of time exploring all your gorgeous creations. Thank you so much for sharing them :)Aliessa

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  91. I really love your creatures! Thanks for sharing them. Please, please send me the pattern:)

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  92. Oh! I love it!
    I will like to do it...

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  93. I sent an email for pattern!! my email is kmrainey724@aol.com i can't wait to make this. i plan on doing my baby's nursery in Owl and forest theme. Thanks in advance

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