Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stuffie Tag Blanket Tutorial

Lately I've fallen off the face of the earth because my computer died. It's finally back so I thought I'd fill you in on how I've been spoiling the heck out of the cutest little addition to our close group of friends.

Some of our really close friends recently had a baby that I made all of these fun gifts for and I just keep right on spoiling the poor kid! :) The couple has a small wiener dog that was always 'their kid.' Now that they have a real mini me I had to do something fun involving the dog. **I have to admit that this idea originates from my incredibly inspirational mom!**

I found a stuffed wiener dog and got rid of all his holiday gear.

**The following picture of 'stuffie surgery' may not be suitable for small children** :)

Find the center of the stuffed animal and sew basting lines on either side of the center. Then cut between the lines to end up with 2 half stuffies. I cut a piece of minky that was 13" square. I centered the dog on opposite sides and based. 

Then I used all sorts of different ribbons and cut 4" pieces and pinned them on. I sandwiched the second 13" square on top and sewed around all four edges with a 1/4" seam allowance. Be sure the leave a hole for turning inside out. Pin the hole shut and topstitch around the entire square. 

Add an adorable newborn and you're ready to go!

I've been brave enough to teach myself to sew with knits lately so also had to do up a sleep sack with Jessica's pattern