Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Ladybug Taggie Blanket Tutorial

Let me begin by saying that I completely failed at kcwc. Oh, well. At least I got my little girl's nightgown made and started on my little guy's pajamas that should get finished this next week. The last few days, I have been working on Halloween costumes (cowboy & cowgirl) and quickly made this ladybug taggie blanket for a friend who's going to have a baby soon.

 I thought I'd make a tutorial for this one because it is so easy and I think just about anyone who knows even a little about sewing could make it. Here's what you'll need: 

paper, pencil
fabric scraps (I used fleece and an old t-shirt)
2 round objects to trace (I used a plate and a bowl)
the usual sewing supplies: thread, scissors, pins, sewing machine

Step 1: Trace the largest circle and the overlapping smaller circle. 
Step 2: Use the larger circle to trace the bottom of the ladybug's head. 
Step 3: Sketch within the ladybug shape to get an idea of what your ladybug will look like. 
Step 4: Cut the entire ladybug shape out of fabric color A (polka-dot fleece).
Step 5: Cut the entire ladybug shape out of fabric color B (black t-shirt).
Step 6: Cut the head shape out of fabric color B (black t-shirt).

Step 7: Sew a black ribbon (or other color) to the center length of the fleece.
Step 8: Sew the head to the color A body (fleece).

Step 9: Cut 5 inch of each ribbon length. I cut 8 total (6 legs and 2 antennae). Fold them in half and pin to the ladybug color A (fleece). Make sure the folded edge is pointing toward the centre of the ladybug body.
Step 10: With right sides facing, place the fabric color B (black) over the ladybug shape and pin in place. The ribbons should be sandwiched between the two fabric pieces.

Step 11: Sew around the edge and leave a three-inch gap so that you can turn the ladybug right side out.

Step 12: Turn the ladybug right side out. Tuck the 3-inches in and topstich around the entire ladybug edge.
Step 13: Sew over the edge of the center ribbon and the bottom edge of the head. This will hold the front and back together and will also create a design on the bottom of the ladybug. And you're done!




  1. Great idea to make the taggie blanket in the shape and colours of a ladybug, Jessica. Looks fabulous and I'm sure it will be well used.

  2. Cute Cute Cute Cute Cute!!!!!!......what a creative idea!!!!!

  3. This is super cute! Love the bright colours and ladybird shape. Much nicer than the bland pastel rectangles poor little babies often end up with! :) Pinning to make next time someone's having a baby!

  4. I love ths!! Soooo cute!! Wish I was a bit more making inclined..... :0)

  5. What a lovely little bug! I love it! Thank you for the great idea! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. This is very cute. I love the lady bug idea. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Really cute! I bet it would be fun for them to put some of that crinkle stuff in there too!

  8. Adorable! I love ladybug things for my daughter. I'd love for you to share this at my link party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!


  9. It is so adorable! So many children will be super happy with this!

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  10. That's cute, what baby wouldn't love that! Stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  11. That is too cute! Cuddly and cute! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Great idea,this is so sweet :) thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)


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