I made a little taggie blanket for the baby a couple of months ago, and recently made a second to send in a swap package to a mama expecting a little girl. I love these because they are the perfect size to toss in the diaper bag and a great way to shop your stash for bits of fabric and ribbon. This is an easy enough project for a beginner sewer; if you've been sewing for awhile you can crank one of these out in an hour, no problem.
Here's how to make a taggie blanket:
2. Cut ribbon in varying lengths, around 3" to 5" each. I used both satin and grosgrain ribbon, because I think the variation in texture is nice. I had 5 ribbons on each side, but you can do more or less depending on the width of your ribbon. You could be neurotic and evenly space your ribbon, but I just kind of eyeballed it. Fold the ribbons in half and pin in place on the right side of the fabric with the loop facing in towards the center of the blanket. Pin towards the top of the loop as much as possible.
3. Machine baste (I set my stitch length to 5) around the edge of the blanket, catching the bottom of the ribbon, at about 1/4" seam allowance.
4. With right sides together, place the other fabric square on top and sew around the edge of the blanket with a 1/2" seam allowance. Be sure to leave around a 2" gap somewhere for turning the blanket.
5. Turn the blanket right side out and press.
6. Topstitch all the way around the blanket, as close to the edge as possible. You're done!