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How to Make a Ribbon Tab Baby Blanket
Follow these free instructions and you can learn how to make a little blanket with colorful ribbon tabs that any baby will love. This project is best for children 10 and up (though it may be suitable for younger children depending upon their skill level). It should take about 60 minutes to complete the project (excluding drying time).
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
Fat Quarter of 2 different fabrics (the project as... pictured using a fat quarter of Minkee Dots for one side and a fat quarter of flannel-backed satin for the other))
- 4 Yards of Ribbon (I used 2-feet each of 4 different ribbons and 4-feet of one ribbon)
- Matching Thread
- Cutting Mat
- Rotary Cutter
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Machine (not pictured)
Now we will start out by cutting the fabric...Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Cutting The Fabric
Cut your two pieces of fabric so they both measure about 18" x 18".
Now we need to cut the ribbon...Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Cutting the Ribbon
There will be 6 ribbon tabs on each side of the blanket so we need to cut a total of 24 pieces of ribbon. Each one will be about 6-inches long.
This project uses 5 different kinds of ribbon: 4 pieces each of the pink, yellow, green, and blue ribbon and 8 pieces of the bear ribbon.
Now we can start pinning the ribbon onto the blanket...Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Start Attaching the Ribbon to The BlanketLay one of your pieces of fabric, right side up, on your work surface. Fold a piece of ribbon in half, line up the ends of the ribbon along the edge of the blanket, and pin it in place.
Space out six ribbons evenly along one edge.
Now we can move onto the other side...Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Finish Attaching the Ribbon to The Blanket
Continue attaching six ribbons, as you did in step 5, to the other 3 sides of the blanket.
Next we will secure the ribbons onto the blanket...Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Sewing on The Ribbon Tabs
Now you need to secure the ribbons in place. Sew along the edge of the fabric using about a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Go very slowly when you sew over the ribbons to make sure they stay in place. Remove each pin just before the sewing machine needle gets to it. Sew around the entire blanket like this.
Your ribbon tab blanket is now ready to lay out...Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Laying Out Your Ribbon Tab FabricLay your ribbon tab fabric, right (ribbon) side up, on your work surface. You can now prepare to attach the other piece of fabric...Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Attach the Other Piece of FabricLay your other piece of fabric, right side down, on top of your ribbon tab fabric. Line up the edges as well as you can and pin the two pieces of paper together.
Now you are ready to sew the blanket together...Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Sewing the Ribbon Tab Blanket TogetherCarefully move your blanket to the sewing machine. Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew around the entire edge of the blanket. Leave an opening about 5-inches wide for turning the blanket right side out.
Next, we will prepare the blanket for flipping...Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Clipping the Corners of the Blanket
Before you flip the blanket right side out, use your scissors to cut notches at the corners, making sure you do not cut through the stitching. This will help reduce the fabric bulk at the corners.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Flip Your Blanket Right Side Out
Reach in through the hole you left in the blanket seam, grab onto the fartherst edge of the blanket, and pull it out through the hole. This will turn the blanket so the right sides are out now. Use a bone folder or similar tool to gently poke out each corner.
At this point, it's a good idea to carefully press the edges of the blanket. Test a scrap piece of the same fabric first to make sure the iron does not scorch the fabric. You can use a pressing cloth or even a simple cotton dish drying... towel between the fabric and the iron. When you get to the edge where the open seam is, flip the raw edges in and pin it together.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Top Stitching the BlanketNow we will stitch a simple line around the outside edge of the blanket one more time. Leave about a 1/4-inch seam allowance. This will not only secure the ribbons even more and give your blanket a finished look, it will close the opening you left in the seam.
Your blanket is almost finished...Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Finishing Your Ribbon Tab Blanket
All that is left to do with the ribbon tab blanket now is to check all of the seams. Also gently tug on all of the ribbons to make sure they are secure.