I have a little niece and she loves her taggie blankets (yes plural) but she calls them her B’s. However, being her biased Aunt, I think it’s the cutest thing ever. After making several taggie blankets for her, my other nieces, and multiple baby showers I’ve attended, I think I have finally mastered constructing B’s. Surprisingly, they are actually pretty simple to make.
- 2 17″ or 1/2 yard squares of fabric
- 32 4″ pieces of varying sizes of ribbon
- basic sewing supplies: thread, scissors, sewing machine (duh)
Have I mentioned I like working with bright colors? For the taggie blankets, I enjoy the bright, soft mink fabric. An extra bonus is the fabric with dimples or texture. When choosing my ribbon fabric, I try to pick contrasting colors and different material.
Iron all your ribbon pieces folded in half, I find it makes them easier to work with. Once you have all your ribbon pieces ironed, start with one fabric square, face side up. Pin 8 ribbon on each side of the square. Thinking opposite of what a taggie would look like, pin with ribbon ends on the outside and folded half on the inside of the square (refer to picture below). I actually eyeball the space between each ribbon and corner. Beware, I have found that you don’t want to place the ribbon too close to the corner. Otherwise, I accidentally end up sewing the ribbon into my blanket, trust me, it’s not a good look. After pinning all the ribbons to each side, sew them in place about a 1/4″ in.
Grab the other square of fabric and place it face side down. Pin it to the adjacent square face side up with ribbons on the inside. Both correct side of fabric facing each other. Sew the blankets together about a 1/2″ from the edge. Leave a gap at your start and end to flip the blanket inside out.
Turn the blanket inside out using the gap you left in step two. Pin the gap together and use your iron for the blanket hem. I find ironing helps me sew my edges together for a sharper look. Sew a top stitch around the blanket to close the gap and secure your ribbons in place. Wa la, you have made a B for that special little one.
I’m 5’2″. That means it’s impossible to find a pair of jeans that are the perfect length for me. When I try on jeans in the store, the jeans are so long it looks like I have those scuba dive fins on my feet. Occasionally, I get lucky and find a pair in my size with the appropriate length. This is such a rare occurrence that I usually have to buy jeans that are too long and wear them rolled at the bottom…and sometimes I look really lame when I do this. Thanks to lovely pinterest, I have found an easy way to help my short girl problems.
Using the original hem, I was able to solve my awkward jean roll. I did this to two pairs of jeans and saved my favorite pair of jeans for last, knowing I would probably fail on my first attempt.
Step 1 – Finding the Length
Finding the appropriate length depends on the style of the jeans and personal preference. I was hemming straight jeans and wanted them about lower ankle height. If you’re a short girl like me, you should be a pro at rolling your jeans, eyeball it on one side and roll. The original hem should be slightly above your desired length. I used a pin to secure the roll in place and did the dance to get my jeans off. I used a tape measure to get an exact measurement and proceeded to pin my back hem and the other leg (front and back).
Step 2 – Commitment
I used a navy thread to blend with the denim fabric. I started sewing as close to the original hem as possible. I also advise to start on a side hem and try to keep your original hem straight.
Truth moment – I feel like sewing tutorials have to have step-by-step instructions, otherwise I will find a way to mess it up. Not realizing what I was doing on my first attempt, I actually sewed my pant leg shut. After realizing what I did, I proceeded to rip out my thread and start over, meanwhile laughing at myself. The picture below showing the correct way, sew one side at a time and not together.
Step 3 – Use Your Scissors
Go back to when we learned how to use scissors in kindergarten and cut the excess fabric leaving about a centimeter near the original hem. Fold the original hem down and use your iron to ensure it stays down.
Presto! You should now have perfect height jeans.