Wish I could make this now; but will have to wait until I get home.
Materials: Fat Quarter of 2 different fabrics (I use 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, Straight Pins, and Sewing Machine Cutting Mat, Ruler, Rotary Cutter, and Scissors
Cut your two pieces of fabric so they both measure about 18" x 18".
Need to cut 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.
Use 5 different kinds of ribbon, using 2 of the cute bear ribbons on each side. Cut 4 Pieces of the pink, yellow, green, and blue ribbon; and cut 8 pieces of the bear ribbon. Start pinning the ribbon onto the blanket...
Lay 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 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...
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 slow 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..
Lay your ribbon tab fabric, right (ribbon) side up, on your work surface. You can now prepare to attach the other piece of fabric...
Lay 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...
Lay 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... Carefully 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...Before we 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.
Reach in through the hole you left in the blanket seam, grab onto the farthest 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, I 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. I usually 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.
Now 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.
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.
Remember, this is intended to be more of a toy so babies and young children should be supervised when using it.
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