This idea of making a crinkle tag blanket for my baby has come from other suggestions on parenting forums and seeing other examples on the net. I wanted to take my crinkle tag blanket that one step further by sewing and ironing on embellishments to the front and back fabric of the blanket as others do no have this. It adds another dimension of interaction to play "peek a boo" with the flaps and texture in the slikly satin circle fabric and the netting with the "D" felt letter enclosed (as my bub loves to scratch using her nails I thought this textural element might be of interested).
Total sewing time: Approximately 3hrs
Step 1: Get all your materials ready; ribbons, felt letters, fabric, wadding, plastic, scissors and anything else appropriate. Thread used was just a plan white. Using any colour adds another visual element. The needle used was a sharp point size 11. Good for light weight to thin cotton fabrics. Fabric blanket squares were appropriately 26cm allowing 1-1.5cm seam. Overlocking was achieved using a zig zag stitch.
Step 2: Get your fabric for the blanket flaps approximately 4x5cm. Sew by running a simple dash stitch approximately 5mm around 3 edges, backstitching at the start and finish. Turn inside out to face the correct way. Stuff in wadding. Turn in seam and sew edge/hem using a very small and close together zig zag stitch.
Step 3: Iron Adhesive interfacing to your satin fabric as the thinness and slipperiness will not neatly make a stitch. Cut to circle shape.
Step 4: Sew the felt letters on. I chose to use a zig zag stitch for added interest.
Step 5: Arrange iron on transfers, letters, flaps and other embellishments where you want them fixed. Sewn down. I sewed the red circle using two separate spiral stitches. The flaps were sewn very close to the edge using a simple dash stitch.
Step 6: On one piece of fabric, place the ribbons right-side-up on the fabric but pinned with the loop or end pinned inward to the centre. Then secure in place with a running stitch along the hem.
Step 7: On the other piece of fabric, layer fabric wrong side down, wadding and then crinkle plastic on top. Secure in place with a running stitch.
Step 8: Now place the two pieces of fabric front to front, run a stitch most the way around leaving approximately half the width of one edge to pull fabric through. Run a zig zag 'overlocking' stitch all around (leaving hole) to strengthen seam in case the side seam stitch fails.
Step 9: Pull inside out. Finish up by trimming loose frays and I used a match to slightly seal exposed ribbon to avoid fraying.
Finished Back view: