I recently hosted my friend Becci’s “Bump Do”. In my circle of friends, we mark the imminent arrival of a baby with a celebratory girls gathering. Sometimes it’s a meal, in my case it was a full blown surprise baby shower with afternoon tea, games and presents. Becci has been to some sewing lessons and had said she enjoyed them, so I thought it would be nice to host a craft evening where together we made something for the baby’s nursery (along with pizza and drinks). I went to Fabricland and stocked up on bright patterned fabrics, and ribbons, and then ordered in some
minky cuddle fabric from Plush Addict, which is my favourite online fabric store and for which my wishlist is several metres long.
From the options I suggested, Becci decided on a taggy blanket. One side was to be the cuddle fabric, and the other side a patchwork. There were 5 ladies crafting, so we drew up a patchwork design which included 5 large shapes and then got creative with our pieces:
The mummy-to-be chose a cute owl fabric and then appliquéd owl patches:
Jo chose this absolutely beautiful Adornit Timberland Critters fabric as her background and created an owl from blue and white fabric. She then hand-stitched blanket stitch around the wings.
Natalie chose to appliqué hand drawn yellow duckies:
and Shelly went with a farmyard theme, fussy-cutting the animals from some patterned fabric and placing them on a solid bright blue background:
My contribution ended up quite surreal, I love penguins and bright colours, but I’m not sure why the rockets came into the picture?
The day after the party, I put the taggy together, and was so pleased at how it all fit:
The cuddle fabric is gorgeous – so soft and works perfectly as the other side to the patchwork:
To finish the blanket well, and make sure the ribbons were attached securely, I top-stitched all the way around. I love the way it turned out – each of the key shapes reflects the personality of the artist and together they provide an array of colours, different textures and some contrast:
So the baby now has a truly unique taggy, that Mummy helped to design – I hope he or she loves it!