Isn’t it adorable when a baby has a special little lovey that he loves to cuddle with? I think so! Babies also seem to be fascinated with tags…at least mine have been! My 3rd child had a stuffed Eeyore that he loved the tag right off of. We had to replace it. He just did not like it at ALL without that tag! For my last 2 babies, I’ve made these cute tag loveys for them to snuggle with and carry around. Joanna has outgrown hers, but Jeremiah loves his and plays with it in his crib at nap and bed time.
I’ve written up some instructions so you can make one, too. They are really simple to make, and don’t take too long. Hope you enjoy!!
You will need enough fabric to cut 2 squares. I cut mine 13″ x 13″, so with a 1/2″ seam allowance my finished lovey is 12″ x 12″. In the light pink and light blue examples above, I used minky dot for one side and flannel-backed satin for the other. For this tutorial, I used minky dot and some zebra-print velboa I found in the remnant bin. Gotta love 50% off remnants, lol! You will also need some ribbon that coordinates with the fabrics you choose.
I put 4 ribbon loops on each side of my square and I have 8 different ribbons, so I cut 2 pieces of each. You will want to cut them 2 times the length you want them to “stick out” the sides of the lovey, plus 1″ that will end up inside the seam allowance. I cut mine 5″, which means the finished tags will stick out approximately 2″ on the sides.
Cut two 13″ squares of fabric. I use my rotary cutter for just about everything I can…LOVE that thing!
Okay, I’m done with the cutting…here are my 2 pieces of fabric and 16 lengths of ribbon, ready for the next step.
Decide how you want your ribbons to be arranged around the edges. Keep in mind that you will be losing 1/2″ on each side to seam allowances, so you won’t want to place your ribbons too close to the corners.
Fold your ribbons in half, RIGHT sides out, and pin to the RIGHT side of one of your fabric pieces, with the cut edges of ribbon even with the cut edges of the fabric.
Stitch around the sides of the fabric about 1/4″ from the edge to secure the ribbons. Remove pins.
Now it should look like this.
Take your second piece of fabric, and lay it on top of the piece with the ribbons RIGHT sides TOGETHER, so that the ribbons are sandwiched in between. Pin them together around the edges.
Here it is all pinned and ready to sew.
Sew around the edge, this time with your 1/2″ seam allowance. You will want to leave a small space unsewn for turning. I started in the middle of one side, and left about a 2″ space between 2 of the ribbons. When you get 1/2″ from a corner, leave your needle in the fabric and pivot the fabric around, rather than stitching all the way to the edge.
Clip your corners close to the stitching. This will keep your corners from being bulky. Then turn the whole thing right-side-out through the opening you left on one side.
It will look like this, with wonky corners. Get something thin and somewhat pointy (I used a pointed wooden stick that came with a package of fiberfill, but a pencil or pen with the cap on would work too) and carefully push out the corners from the inside, until they are nice and square.
Now doesn’t that look better?
Once you have your corners nicely turned, line up and pin the area where you left the opening for turning.
Then take it back to your machine and top-stitch around the edge, about 1/4″ to 3/8″ in from the edge. You want it close enough to the edge that you catch the inside edges of the opening and neatly sew it closed. I also switched my top thread at this point to a bright pink to match the color of the minky.
Here is the finished tag lovey! Now, wasn’t that easy?
If any of these instructions are unclear or you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! If you make one, leave a comment and let me know! Hey, just leave a comment anyway, hehe. I love comments!