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How To: Taggy Blanky

I have mentioned Elise’s taggy blanket before in the post, Sagital Synostosis / Cranial Facial Reconstruction: Our Story. Her taggy blanky brought her so much comfort when she was in the hospital but taggy blankets are not just for babies in hospitals, they make great baby gifts for any baby. Elise loved her Taggy before surgery and she still loves it now at almost 2 years old.

Here is how I made hers and every other one I have made since. The one photographed below I made for a baby shower gift just this past week.

Cut two squares equal size of fabric. I like to use minky fabric on one side. Babies love them some minky. If you choose to use minky it is much easier to work with if you iron on a light weight interfacing first.

Cut a bunch of ribbon. I cut mine to about 6 inches but there is no measuring involved. Just rough cutting. Some bigger some smaller.

Fold ribbons in half and pin to the front of one of your fabric squares like so.

*Tip* sometimes ribbons have a right and a wrong side. BOTH are good for taggy blankys. The more textures in the ribbons the better. In the above photo the ribbons are the same (different color but the same) but one is facing wrong side out and the other is right side out.)

Pin all around the taggy blanket varying textures and colors of ribbons.

Zig Zag stitch the ribbons in place. I round the corners to make later steps easier.

Then pin your other square of fabric on top.

Make sure all your ribbons are laying flat and pointing in.

Straight stitch all the way around the inside of the zig zag stitch taking care to leave a 2-3 inch gap to turn the fabric right side out.

Trim rounded corners

Turn right side out

Then you have this:

Pin your final ribbon into place

Then top stich around the outside.

And you are done!

I made this quilt to go with the Taggy Blanky.

more pics here.

The Biggest Post Ever!!!

We have lots to catch up on, so this is going to be a pretty extensive post. So much so, that Meg and I are doing this together in one post.

Going in chronological order:

Megan and the 48 hour quilt. This was amazing. On Friday the 13th the wife of one of my coworkers, Kimberly, went into labor, one week earlier than expected, which was certainly much sooner than Meg expected. She was going to make a baby quilt for the Kimberly to give to her in the hospital, and on Friday when I came home and told her that Kimberly was already going into labor, Meg frantically began working on the quilt. I told Meg that we could give them the quilt later, but Meg said she had to get it to them while they were still in the hospital. And I finished in time. Thats right, I rock.Here’s a picture of the results:
Meg's Quilt

Next, right as we were dropping off the 48 hour quilt at the hospital, we headed out to Jamestown to help Ben and Carmen move into their new home. We couldn’t be more excited for them, as they were moving out of a small, cramped apartment in a Jamestown College dorm, to a spacious two story house. The house is so super cute too! Even with nothing unpacked, the house felt like a home. It has BEAUTIFUL hard wood floors and so much charm. I am sorry there are not many pictures, Michael was a handful that day and keeping track of him and keeping him away from the two different sets of stairs was a full time job. The Shannon’s and Carmen’s family (I am not even going to attempt spelling her maiden name, I know I would butcher it!) were all there for the move and to celebrate Ben turning 30! What a birthday, Congrats again you two!

Just so you know, this is the trailer (not the house)empty, it would more impressive without the canvas top.

Jess and Kyle’s Wedding

This past weekend was Jess and Kyle’s wedding. Beth came and picked up Michael and Lucy (thanks again Beth, Mom & Dad!) and Tim and I headed off to Hazen, ND for the nuptials. We got to Hazen by carefully following Jess’s driving instructions “If you pass the giant cow, you have gone too far.” We checked into the hotel early and enjoyed some down time before the busy weekend. The rehearsal went surprisingly smooth. Tim was asked to sing the most difficult wedding song ever, and we were both nervous about him being able to do it. It wasn’t his lack of talent (we all know how good he is) just a really really bad arrangement. Everything ended up working out well. Christine Randall sang too, and as always, she was incredible. The wedding party was all in good spirits and couldn’t wait for the big day to finally happen (Jess and Kyle have been dating for over 7 years).

Tim practicing his silly song

After the rehearsal dinner Jess’s Dad, Steve, met us at the Hazen Hospital where he gave us the greatest gift. He did a 3D ultrasound for us. Not only did he set our fears aside again that Baby Shannon #2’s stomach and bladder were okay, he used his super power ultrasound machine and allowed us to watch the baby live in 3D. The best part was watching the baby suck his thumb and yawn. I have a little person in me!!!

I was incredibly impressed with the 3D ultrasound. Apparently there are only a handful of these machines in the state, and I am sincerely grateful to Steve Santini for doing this for us. I promise I’ll upload some of the many pictures we got of Baby Shannon #2 to the website soon, and you’ll all be amazed at technology, and I’m sure you’ll all agree with me that he (thankfully) has Meg’s nose.

The next morning, still on a 3D ultrasound high, I went and got my hair done and packed my 27 week belly into a very large bridesmaid dress. I do have to admit that the alterations lady worked multiple miracles and the dress ended up looking pretty good. Tim and I followed our schedule to the letter (Jess’s is the definition of a “Type ‘A'” personality)and got me to the church on time to get ready for photos. Otis and James were the photographers (they did our wedding and will be taking our newly expanded family pictures come November) and I can’t wait to see how they turn out, they do a great job. Jess looked beautiful, the church looked beautiful, all the music was beautiful… the whole wedding was beautiful. I made it through the ceremony with only going through 3 or 4 tissues. It was a great day. The reception was a blast and it reflected Jess and Kyle perfectly. The food rocked and I have to admit I took two jars of Jess’s Mom’s famous apple butter! Congrats Jess and Kyle! Tim and I challenge you to a game to Clue next time we are in Grand Forks!

Jess and Kyle

The last big event that has happened in our household was Michael’s first haircut. Meg and I were reluctant to trim his golden locks, but we also both agreed that it was time. With a little Baby Einstein on in the background to keep him occupied, Megan took her scissors to his hair, and we all came out of it fine. He looks damn cute too, and so grown up as well. He looks like a little boy again! I know it was a long time coming, but he has such cute hair. I wouldn’t have cut it if it didn’t seem to bother him so much. He was always scratching his ears because his hair was tickling him and he is not ready for a pony tail like his Grandpa Jim, we gave him a trim.

Congrats to all of you who made it through this long post, you can find the rest of the pics here.

Small World

I went to Hancock Fabrics to ask for a few contacts for someone who would stitch the quilt I made. I got a business card and with out even looking at the name of the lady I wrote her an email asking about pricing and such. I got an email back this morning with all the info and at the bottom of the email there was a p.s. It said. “Is this Megan Clute? this is Ashley Zodrow from Minot.” Crazy. Ashley and I grew up together in the same church, we rocked out the hand bells, went on church trips together, and graduated High School together. Small World. She is married now and has a 8 month old (I think she is about 8 months). Her husband was a classmate of ours too. I don’t know if I would have put two and two together even if I had looked at the name on the card! Hrm. Funny stuff. Small World.