I got this in the mail two days ago. What a cute book. I immediately found myself picking out different projects for friends and family as tie-ons to their Christmas gifts. It looks like the projects are fairly easy and fun to complete and easy to personalize. As with the shoes, I have way too many craft books, but this is a must(do you see a pattern here?!)
I needed a little gift for my nephew so I didn't show up empty-handed at a party this weekend. So, I decided to tackle one of these taggy blankets I have heard so much about. I wouldn't say it was too difficult, just a little time consuming and fussy. I measured out all the ribbon placements and tacked them down both for ease and safety-I don't want these babies not sewn down when the baby pulls and chews on them! Then I put the fabrics face to face and sewed. I chose a plush fleece and Minky. Next time, I think I would choose flannel. Minky is not the easiest fabric I have ever worked with, but I do love how soft it is so it was worth it. When I had sewn around, I must have been a little preoccupied because I left way too small of an opening for turning. I had to get the seam ripper out and the stitches were a little hard to see because of how plush the fleece was. Note to self: when making a taggy leave yourself a large enough opening to turn all those pinned down ribbons comfortably! Finally, I topstitched at the edge of the blanket. It isn't as professional looking as I would like a gift to be, but it is the thought that counts, right?