Uhm . . . hello tangent . . . back to the actual point of this post.
I can certainly make taggies, but I'm tired of making them. Cut squares. Cut ribbon. Pin. Sew. Turn. Done. With the arrival of a friend's new baby, I decided I needed to put a new spin on my old standby. Thus the monogram taggie was born. (Did I just use the word "thus"? Yikes!)
If you've made a taggie, you don't need this tutorial because you can obviously print your letter out, cut and go. So this is for those of you out there who have yet to venture into the taggie world. Next time a friend or relative finds themselves with a new baby in the house, try this little tutorial out for a sweet handmade gift.
Here's what you need:
-fleece, soft fabric or flannel in contrasting or matching patterns/colors
-a variety of ribbons
-a baby link or toy hook
Here's what you do:
1) Use Word, Publisher or whatever to pick a font, make a very large letter using the first letter of the baby's name (first or last name) print out and cut adding about 1/4 inch edge all the way around when cutting.
2) Place fabric wrongs sides together. Pin printed letter to fabric and cut out.
3) Cut strips of ribbon about four inches long. I used 14 ribbons total.
4) Fold ribbons in half and pin around the right side of the thicker of the two fabrics.
5) Place letters right sides together and pin.
6) Sew around outside of letter. If you are doing a letter with an opening in the center of the letter - like A, B, D, etc., don't sew the center openings and sew all around the outside leaving no opening for turning. If you are doing a letter like C, S, N, etc., leave a two inch whole for turning when sewing around the outside of the letter.
7) Unpin, clip corners and turn. I used the opening in the center of the A for turning.
8) Topstitch around outside of letter. If you are doing a C, S, N, etc without a center opening, fold in the turning hole which will be sewn shut in topstitching. If you are doing another letter with a center opening or two, continue to the next step.
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