taggie animals tutorial

Due to a few requests, here is a simple tutorial for making tag animals - little stuffies that have ribbon loops attached so you can hook them onto tag blankets, stroller bars, bouncy seats, etc. with a plastic ring.

Here is a template for an alligator and an elephant:
Right click on the image to save, and print as a full 8x11 page to get the proper size.

Materials needed: scrap fabric, 4 inch lengths of coordinating ribbon, pillow stuffing, and embroidery thread

Using the template, cut out two alligators (they should mirror each other) and two 4 inch long pieces of ribbon (cut four if you want it to have four legs).

Fold the ribbons in half and stitch to one of the fabric cut outs. The looped side should face inward.

Lay the fabric cut outs on top of each other, with the right side facing in. Stitch around all the edges, leaving an opening of approximately 1 1/2 - 2 inches (for stuffing).

Cut a small snip at the inward curved edges, making sure that you don't cut through your stitches. This will help the fabric not to pucker when you turn the alligator right side out.

Turn the alligator right side out and stuff with pillow stuffing.

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Embroider the eyes, nostril and mouth, and your alligator is complete! The process for the elephant is almost identical. To see the finished product, see my Girlie Tag Blanket post.

Enjoy. :)

31 comments:

Karli said...

I LOVE these! I really love to make taggie blankets but this is a super fun new twist! Thank you!

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The Collettes said...

woo hoo I've been waiting for this. You always make my day.

LiEr said...

Jill you are amazing! I am so glad you are back sharing all your wonderful ideas! Oscar must be being good for you! It took me forever to get back to my sewing machine after my littlest was born! Thanks for the tutorial!

MaryAnne said...

These are adorable, and so simple to make! Thanks for the tutorial!

Kristin said...

These are adorable and would make some great gifts! Thanks for sharing how to do it!

Krista said...

These are so cute! I love it. I will be making some of these for my nephew. BTW, I am hosting a giveaway this week to celebrate my 1st blog birthday. Come by and enter!

jackie said...

Thanks Jill!!! I was hoping that you'd post these...I was just getting ready to make some up this weekend! This will help!!

amy said...

My daughter loves taggie toys. I made one a little different. I found the pattern at http://craftschmaft.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/tag-monster-pattern/. My daughter hasn't put it down! I'll have to make your toy too. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Aunt Mary said...

You can make lots of patterns just by tracing large simple animals from coloring books. Also, a good thing to do is your embroidery prior to cutting them out and stiching. Grandma made some of these for my now thirty y/o kids way back in the 70's and the kids loved them. Love the idea to hook them on a blanket or stroller.

She's Crafty said...

This is the cutest project! My brother has a little girl who is always throwing her toys out of the stroller, so this might be just the ticket. I have just found your blog and love it! I've added you to my reader.

chelsea said...

my friend made me tag blanket a little bit ago and i've been dying to make some little animals for it, so thank you for the tutorial.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, this is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

Amy said...

you are amazing! i love all of your stuff. i am going to try to make these for a few new moms i know!

tessnco said...

love them!! i've already made 2 elephants.
thanks for the tutorial.

tessnco said...

http://tessnco.blogspot.com/

i posted some photo's of the elephant.

casserole said...

Great tutorial!! I featured it at Craft Gossip Sewing Blog: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-pair-of-taggie-animals/2009/02/27/

lfhcreative said...

Thanks for the tutorial, these are very cute and a nice twist on the overdone taggie blankets. Thanks! I love all your ideas and the inspiration.

michellemcpherson said...

I've been waiting for this tutorial, thanks a bunch for taking the time!

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Pam said...

I have made taggie quilts and blankets but these are just adorable. Thanks for the tutorial.
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Nancy C said...

Jill,

Just found your site. Can't wait to try some of your tutorials. Thanks for being so generous with your ideas and finds.

Oscar is a doll. Love the name. Grandma myself (Hazel) so your tutorials will come in handy.

Thanks again.
NancyC

yawningdog said...

My first baby loved shoelaces. There was no way I was going to let her chew on dirty ones.

I made her, Shoeless Joe, a lion with a mane of black, brown and tan shoelaces. She loved it even though I never finished getting his face stitched on.

I must not have kept it all these years and now I have my third and SURPRISE baby that also loves shoelaces.

She also loves the tags on all of her toys and blankets. I was thinking of cutting all the tags off the big kid's stuff animals and making her a TAG-ger. Close relation to the LACE-lion.

Anonymous said...

SO CUTE!!!! Just be careful of any loops on small toys because my brother's stuffed animal tag got wrapped around his finger while he was napping one day and he lost circulation in his hand.

Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read that post. Thanx for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more soon.

blue chickadee said...

This is so adorable!!!!!!

El Taller de Gaby said...

Beautiful!!! :) :) :)

Camille said...

Thanks for the great patterns, I used them to make 2 cutie pie beanbags for my little man. Camillescasa.blogspot.com

Penegra Online said...

I am so glad you are back sharing all your wonderful ideas!
thank very much

Barb said...

Those are so adorable. I can definitely see one (or ten) in my new granddaughter's future!

Sarah said...

I loved this tutorial! I made the elephant for my 7 month old to put in his stocking. I hope he likes it! I posted a picture on my blog at http://tysonandmiles.blogspot.com/2010/11/feeling-crafty.html. Thanks Jill!

Anonymous said...

I just made these for my niecelet! They came out wonderfully, thank you for the pattern and idea. I had a bit of difficulty getting the aligator's spikes fully pushed out, but once the stuffing was added they perked up just fine! - Sara F