Baby · DIY

How to sew a taggy toy

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A friend of ours sent Noah a crinkly taggy toy last year and I got the idea to try making them. Then, one of Noah’s grandmas made him one for Christmas. Both toys are different textures and ribbon (tag) length. Both are popular.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 squares of fabric, somewhere between 8-12″
  • A variety of ribbon, pieces between 6-8″ long
  • If you want to make it crinkly, a square of plastic, the same size as the fabric. I used the heavy-duty plastic from the diaper package.

Let’s discuss fabric for a minute. I used flannel, which was nice and soft, and pretty cheap. You can match ribbons to the colors used, too. The grandma-toy has cotton on one side and minky on the other. That is also super soft and nice. It doesn’t matter what you use, as long as it is tactile. That’s kind of the point. A note about the plastic: while it makes a cool, crinkly sound, it does make it kind of stiff.

Now the ribbons. Every kid is different, but Noah has definitely shown a preference to the satiny ribbons, as opposed to the textured ones, such as grosgrain. I think that’s pretty common, since taggy toys are even a thing. He also prefers the bright colors and patterns to the duller colors. So I recommend satiny ribbons in a bright color or with fun patterns, like polka dots or animals. The $1 ribbon bins at Joanns are perfect for this project.

Ok, ready? Here we go!

  1. Cut your two fabric squares to the same size, also the plastic, if using. If you are using flannel, make sure to iron it first as it changes the size of the fabric.
  2. Fold ribbon pieces in half, iron to form a crease. Arrange them every 2-3″ on the edge of front fabric, the folded end of the ribbon pointing toward the center, pin. Then sew, close to the edge.
  3. Stack the pieces in this order: Front with right side (and ribbons) facing up, backing wrong side facing up, plastic (if using). The front and back right sides are facing each other. Pin all the way around, leaving a 6″ hole for turning. If you’re using plastic, you might want to pin a little more frequently. That stuff is slippery! I didn’t get a very good picture, but you can see the ribbon ends sticking out the sides.
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  4. Sew all the way around. Take out the pins, turn inside out. Poke the corners out with a chopstick. Make sure all the ribbons are facing out, pin pieces together again, and sew all the way around, close to the edge.
  5. You’re done!

I found a picture of my little helper from when I was making these last Christmas. He was so tiny!

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