Printed Scrap Ribbon Tag Toys (A Tutorial)

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

An easy toy for a baby, toddler or even a puppy! You could even make a large version for a throw pillow or “mini” versions for a baby mobile. You can use a freezer paper stencil, a screenprint, or even just a fabric stamp to make these. Just make sure to use non-toxic, ACMI AP approved water-based ink products that are made in the USA if it might go into a mouth!

Step 1: One you have a fabric print finished and ironed, place the fabric wrong sides together onto a piece of fabric for the back of the toy. Cut out the image with a 1-inch border surrounding it so that you have a front and a back:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Cut various 3″ mismatching pieces of scrap ribbon.

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: On the front of the toy, fold each ribbon piece in half and pin in place as shown:

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: Add as many ribbon pieces as you prefer:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: Using a 1/4″ seam, sew all the way around the front of the toy to attach the ribbon.

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 6: Take out your pins and place the back of the toy face down onto the front. Sew all the way around using a 1/2″ seam and leaving a gap…..

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

….so that the toy can be turned right side out. (If you have curves in your design you will need to “notch” the seams before you turn it inside out so the edges look smooth)

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: Top stitch all the way around the toy using an 1/8″ seam and making sure not to close the gap yet….you’ll need to add stuffing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: Add your choice of stuffing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 9: Carefully fold under the open section of the toy and top stitch it closed:

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

To make a crinkle tag toy:

Cut a piece of cellophane or plastic packaging (like from a microwave popcorn package):

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Insert the cellophane or plastic flat up into the toy before closing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So many different designs and prints you can use!

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

And they look so cute!

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 


Here are some other scrap ribbon tutorials to check out!

Scrap Ribbon Wallet or Clutch DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Scrap Ribbon Camera Strap DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

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  1. 1
    Dawn says:

    Make a small one, add some catnip and you have a perfect kitty toy!

  2. 2
    Kristy says:

    My sister-in-law bought one of these for my daughter, shaped in a plain rectangle but with cute colored ribbon and super soft fabric. My daughter loved it one of her favorite toys from about 5 months on.

    Because she liked them so much I made these using super soft fleecy bumpy fabric, shaped in a heart, with various scrappy ribbon and mailed off to the babies in the family for valentines gifts.

  3. 3
    Kathy Howard says:

    Maybe I’ll have to make some for my almost 5 month grandson, he is chewing on everything now. I might use my fabric swatches printed at Spoonflower instead of stamping.

  4. 4
    Leah Taylor says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! I love your blog and this inspired me to whip up a taggy toy yesterday evening when I was in real need of some fast results. I didn’t print the fabric though. I have lots of friends expecting at the moment and this’ll be a great gift…

  5. 5
    harrysdesk says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Love these little scrappy baby toys.
    Thanks for writing up the tutorial.
    I have featured it…along with some other gifts for babies here….
    http://allysonadeney.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/17-handmade-gift-ideas-for-babies-teachers-with-tutorials/
    ….if you would like to take a look.
    Thanks again for a super cute idea.
    Ally on harrysdesk.

  6. 6
    Maureen says:

    Hi! If you want hanging tags (not loops) is there a special kind of ribbon that won’t fray?

    Thanks!

  7. 7
    sophandlulu says:

    a project like this has been on my to-do list for a few weeks, these are perfect!! now i just need to make them! :)

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