How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! – Tutorial!

I have wanted to make some super cute cloth baby blocks with taggies ever since I knew I was pregnant with my first baby… but did I ever get around to it?!?! No, of course not! Well their day has come! Finally, and they are not even for my kids… I’m attending a beautiful mammas baby shower and thought why not try to whip some up for her, and I am in loooove with how they turned out! I’ll show you how these puppies came to be!

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies

I decided to make 6 baby blocks, because in my mind this would be the best number of baby blocks for a small stack. So six baby blocks, each with 6 sides, that means I picked out 36 different patterned fabrics so that no side was the same. Here’s how my piles looked in the beginning. They changed over time as I laid out all my squares. Onto the tutorial!!

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - fabric

HOW TO SEW BABY BLOCKS WITH TAGGIES!!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • 36 different quilting weight fabrics
  • Ribbon
  • Fiber fill to stuff your blocks (you could also use 4 inch squared foam)
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter or Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron (optional)

METHOD:

Step 1: Choose your fabrics! You can choose 36 different fabrics like I did or you could choose 6 and make all of your baby blocks the same. Or you could go crazy and just do whatever you want!!

Step 2: Cut your squares! I made my finished baby blocks 4 inches by 4 inches, so I cut 4 1/2 inch squares, to allow for 1/4 inch seams.

NOTE: To make the cutting process quicker I layered all 6 fabrics at a time and cut them together. Like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - cutting squares

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - cutting squares

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - cutting squares

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - cutting squares

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - cutting squares

All 36 finished Squares!

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - fabric squares

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - fabric squares

Step 3: Lay out your squares into cross like shapes. Like this… This is when I switched around some of the fabrics in to a pattern more to my liking.

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - laying out the squares

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - laying out the squares

Step 4: Stitch your squares together!

NOTE: start sewing 1/4 of an inch from the beginning and stopping 1/4 inch from the end to allow more movement of fabric when sewing these edges to the sides of your baby block!!

  • Start by stitching the first 4 squares together. Like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - sewing squares together

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - sewing squares together

Step 5: Cut out 2 inch long strips of ribbon. I cut 18 strips of ribbon, to allow for 3 taggies per block (you can do more or less, it’s totally up to you).

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - ribbon taggies

Step 6: Pin the taggies to your block. Like this…

NOTE: You can pin your taggies to any side of the block. I made 6 baby blocks with taggies in all different spots.

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - attaching taggies

Step 7: Sew the side squares of fabric to the 4 you already sewed together. leaving 1/4 inch unsewn at each end. Like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - sewing squares together

It should look something like this… Note the ends of the fabric are not sewn about 1/4 inch!!

Step 8: Start sewing the sides of your block! Like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - sewing squares together

Then like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - sewing squares together

Step 9: Then sew the top of your baby block. Like this… Remember to leave one side open to be able to stuff the baby block.

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - hold left open for stuffing

Step 10: Repeat previous steps 5 more times! You should have 6 baby blocks that look something like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - half way finished blocks

Step 11: Stuff your baby blocks with fiber fill.

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - stuff with fiber fill

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - kids helping

Don’t forget to rub all the fiber fill on your face first! Like this…

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - rub fiber fill on your face

I stuffed the blocks till the were semi firm, and so no corners were sinking in.

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - stuff with fiber fill

Step 12: Hand stitch the baby blocks closed using an invisible stitch!

This is actually the first time I have ever hand stitched anything, and I had no idea how to do it. I looked up an awesome easy to follow YouTube video called “How to Stitch and Invisible Stitch (Tutorial)” to teach me the invisible stitch. This stitch is so fast and easy that I’ll be using it again and again to finish my sewing projects in the future.

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - hand stitch closed

DONE!!!

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - Compleated blocks

How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! - done

I am so happy with how the baby blocks turned out!! I think I’ll be making a bunch more because they are super quick and easy to create! Maybe I’ll even make some for my own kiddos. If I have another babe?!?! Not pregnant!! and don’t plan to be for a bit…But maybe one day!

I was thinking that these baby blocks could be customize to fulfill your own baby block dreams, such as adding some kind of a noise maker inside the baby blocks. Options for this could be…

  • a bell
  • a squeaker
  • crinkle material

The Taggies themselves can also have multiple purposes such as:

  • a way to connect the block to other toys or together
  • a way to hang it from in a car seat
  • to hang as ornaments
  • for the babes to chew on

The baby blocks can also be very customizable by:

  • appliqueing letters or numbers on the side (IDEA: Each block has one letter of the new babies name?)
  • appliqueing fabric photos on the sides
  • making them any size you want
  • using different textured fabric to stimulate touch

As you can see these baby blocks are very customizable. I look forward to making some more for friends and family. Maybe next time I’ll try appliqueing a name on the side or putting a noise maker inside the baby blocks. Until next time, enjoy making homemade gifts for the babies in your life and enjoy creating beautiful things!

XO JCL

P.S. Check out some more of my baby sewing projects here!

P.P.S. Items like this ones used in this tutorial can be found below. Just click on the photo of the product. Thanks so much!

 

 

 

 


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6 thoughts on “How to Sew Baby Blocks With Taggies! – Tutorial!”

    • Thanks so much Darcy! Great question! When working with a y seam (which is where there is corner in your sewing project where 3 different fabrics meet up) always make sure to start and stop your stitching 1/4 inch away from the beginning and end of the side of the block you are working on. There is some moving around of the fabric as you line up the 2 edges that are to be stitched together (remember to leave 1/4 unstitched at the beginning and end of your stitches, then fold your fabric so that the next edges are lined up to stitch and repeat. LOL. I mention it very briefly in step 4 and step 7. I hope you understand my explanation. If you need more assistance I’d love to answer more questions! X

  • This is a great do it yourself guide! I am a big fan of these type of blog posts because I get to learn new things in few minutes, for free! I like how detailed your pictures are, so it’s almost impossible to go wrong! I will try it in 2018!

    • Thanks so much Gabriela! I’m so glad you appreciate the tutorials. I love making them. I’d love to see what you create in the new year. Happy holidays! ❤️

    • Thank you so much for the blogger award nomination Lindsey! And thank you for noticing that I really break my tutorials down. I really try to make it easy for people to create too! This means a lot to me! Much love to you on your blogging adventures too! BIG HUG!

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