Monthly Archives: May 2013

Baby Tab Blanket Pattern

Debbie from Daisyyard, a member of our Virtual Sewing Team, has made the following fabulous baby tab blanket using Blend’s Circus collection called Bailey.

You’ll need:

1     10″x10″ Fabric square of Circus Print from the Blend Bailey Collection
1      10″x10″ Fabric square of Life In The Jungle from the Riley Blake Range
Assorted colours and textures of ribbon
Sewing machine
Thread and tape measure

Click here to go to the Bailey Collection at Prints to Polka Dots, and here to jump to our ribbons! – Claire at Prints to Polka Dots

My son was given one of these tab blankets as a baby and It was a great comforter for him and me doing my supermarket shopping In Peace!!!

I decided to have a go at making my own version in child Inspiring designs and In various sizes. A welcomed gift for any new mum and baby!!

Firstly measure the size you want your blanket. Mine is 10″ x 10″ square. Cut 2 pieces of fabric this size ideally in different textures.

The next part is a great way to use up all your odd pieces of ribbon. I like to try and match the colour scheme of the fabric being used. Measure each ribbon in 5″ long lengths.


Next you will need to fold each piece of ribbon In half and pin so the raw edges are slightly overlapping the raw edges of one of your fabric squares. Pin In place equal spaces apart around all 4 sides.

Once you have done this sew all ribbon pieces In place using a straight stitch and a small seam allowance.

If you are a keen crafter like me you probably have your own sew in labels to credit your work. It’s at this point you need to stitch your label onto your 2nd piece of fabric.


With your right sides of fabric together pin and sew in place with 1/4″ seam allowance around the edge.

Make sure you leave a gap to turn through. Before turning through I like to trim edges and snip at corners to reduce bulk and give a neater finish. After pressing top stitch to also give a flatter finish.

You should now have a finished tab blanket looking something like this.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial – how to make a tab blanket

Debbie -Daisysyard













Help Us With PUL

Do you use PUL fabrics?  If you do we need your help, we are planning to place a large order in June for solid colours and patterns but feel we are second guessing what you would like to see.

Below are images of available prints and colours, let us know which of these you like and in return we will give you a 25% off PUL voucher when the new stock arrives.

Dino Dudes and Ta Dot Blue are already in store – click here

Virtual Design Team is Go!

Last year we put the call out for enthusiastic sewers who would be interested in joining our online design team.  The idea being that we will send parcels of fabric to members, approx. 1 a month for 6 months, at no cost.  In return the members undertake to make a minimum of 3 items with the fabric over the 6 month period, sending us pictures and where possible instructions for making the items.  We will share their work with you all via the blog where you can all comment on the projects and use of fabric.  As well as showing off their makes (and our fabrics) we will link to their own facebook pages/etsy stores and websites as we encourage all of you to stand proud next to your work and shout about it to the world!

The response was overwhelming with over 65 applications to join the team and so we worked hard to pick a selection of different sewers and we are pleased to announce the first parcels have been sent out and we are looking at setting up a second group to run alongside this one with different fabrics- no need to reapply.

We have tasked the members to write a paragraph about themselves to introduce them to you all and hope to bring their profiles to you really soon.  In the meantime you can take a peak at the conents of their first parcel below…