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« on: December 19, 2004 05:19:14 PM »

I have made some ribbon blankies like you see in some stores for $25.00 and up. I made it out of an old receiving blanket that I had lying around the house. We have so many that I didn't want to waste it. I am planning on making another one for her but i will give it to her for christmas.


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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2004 07:39:54 PM »

That's totally nice and cute. I haven't seen them in stores before, so I don't know what to base it on, but it's a cool idea. I like the colours of the ribbons.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2004 07:43:16 PM »

That is cute. I've never seen one before!
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2004 04:34:23 PM »

I know that the original people that make this types of blankets are located at www.taggies.com. Its really crazy to pay that much but I sure wouldn't. I made my daughter another one last night to give to her for christmas. She loves the first one that I made her yesterday.   Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2004 05:18:09 PM »

those are awesome, but i do agree that $19 + is way too much for a little blankie
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2004 11:26:02 AM »

Cute idea to decorate plain blankets
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2004 11:31:01 AM »

I read another MB that said she was really picky about the copyright to the name brand version. I dunno. I always thought it didn't matter if it was for personal use. It was on some kinda down home country themed site. I don't remember the name.  Huh

The ones I've seen were small. Maybe dinner napkin size? They're more developmental toys than blankies.  They're really popular right now.

Great job OP!  Is one of your ribbons sports themed? It'd be cute to make diff ones with diff colors/ themes.   
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2005 11:16:13 AM »

Cool!!  I have never seen these before but will most definitely be making some.  Great Job olivias-mommy!!

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2005 08:14:30 AM »

i made one for my little girl for christmas too! i was a little worried about the copyright stuff but i figured if i wasnt selling them it would/should be ok, right?



its not a great pic of the blanket but thats her on christmas snuggle up napping with it. i made her a big one and then a smaller napkin sized one with the same kind of fabric but doggies instead. i love them Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2005 10:26:10 PM »

ooh bunni she is the cutest baby ever!!
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2005 08:16:28 PM »

Cute baby!  Do you use two blankets?  One on each side of the ribbons?  Huh
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2005 10:02:06 AM »

I found one of these on a web site that I thought was cute (not taggies)
and the lady said she no longer sold them, I emailed her and asked her why?
and she said that the people at Taggies wrote her and said she was infringing on their copyright and they would come after her if she continued to make and sell them.
 I guess they even reward people for giving them leads on copyright infringer's! It says so on their site.
Some people are just plain greedy!
I made one for my son with flannel on one side and an adorable froggie print on the other. He loves it! Smiley

I feel sorry for people who don't craft!  Wink  What do they do with their time???
 
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ooh bunni she is the cutest baby ever!!

thanks Smiley we think she is pretty cute!


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Cute baby!  Do you use two blankets?  One on each side of the ribbons?

i used two pieces of flannel. i cut them to the same size then i put one square, right side up and attached the ribbons with little pins. then after i had pins all the way around i put the other piece of flannel on top of the first. right sides together. i sewed around the edge and left an opening to flip. flipped it and then sewed all the way around the edge. does that make sense??

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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2005 02:36:25 PM »

Thank you!  Cheesy  I want to make my son one.  Cheesy 
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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2005 01:50:07 PM »

These are so cool! I've made one for one of my girlfriends and now people are asking me if I'll be selling them.

I was wondering about their patent on these blankets. Would a blanket made with batting between it still fall into their patent? Here is their patent listing

 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,427,265.WKU.&OS=PN/6,427,265&RS=PN/6,427,265


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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2005 06:33:22 PM »

Hi.....I'm a brand new newbie, so pardon me if I'm asking dumb questions. Wink
How much yardage of the ribbons is needed to make one of these?  Is there any type of ribbon which works better (or type to avoid?)
So, two types of fleece, right?  But no batting?  Sounds easy enough.  Anything else I should know?  Thanks for any help!
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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2005 07:19:25 AM »

Wow, every other word on that site is patented and/or copyrighted.  They need to come up with a better descriptive word for thier blankets.
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« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2005 08:59:42 AM »

You know what's funny about the Taggies blankets?  My boyfriend's mother can remember recieving and making these for him and his cousins.  He's the youngest....at age 23.  Taggies only got their patent in 1999--way to monopolize on something that already existed.

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« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2005 10:34:40 AM »

imade one of these for my oldest, he loves it. he's a year and a half now and loves taking it to grandmas.
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2005 02:29:32 PM »

Did anyone ever find out about that patent? I have made a few and I would love to be able to sell them at a craft fair.

How would you find out if there is a way around a patent?

Please let me know if anyone had any info on this. Thanks.

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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2005 02:46:33 PM »

In the patent they specify fleece.  However, they also say that the 2 sheets could be quilt like.  Maybe a flannel piece would work to get around the patent?  What if you folded 1 piece in half and had ribbons only along three sides?  You'd only have one sheet, and it therefore wouldn't be the same as their patent.  They also mention that the tags are sewn around the preiphery of the blanket between the two pieces.  What if you made a quilt like piece but connected the tags to the quilt squares so that they were within the blanket and not along the edges? 

Feeling like Perry Mason...
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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2005 06:35:29 PM »

LOL sara ~ you define the word "crafty" at this point.

They blankies (not taggies! lol) are super cute... I saw them years ago... one of my cousins had one when I was fairly young.  Long before the patent though. 

I get all confused in the patent.  The entire time it talks about a blanket...then the last line switches over and says "pillow or blanket."   

I am not sure the specifics of patents...or how modications to the concept apply... but I would personally make a triangular blanket, or a circular blanket...or even a blanket shaped like a lion!  Then only have ribbons around its little head (to form the mane).  Maybe a round blanket.. with "petals" for form a flower. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2005 09:52:41 PM »

I hate to be negative, but did you make the blanket that shape? or was it already like that?
because I'm sitting here confused as to why it is mishapen. I am sorry if these seems rude. I'm sure there is a logical explanation.
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2005 11:49:12 AM »


Building on sara's idea, I personally think it would be really cute to make them like simple, simple quilts. Like give them a fleece back, smooth satin binding, and quilted top- and instead of doing tedious quilt squares, you could do strips sewn together (can you say remnant facbric?) and put the ribbons in the seams of the the quilted strips-- so when the blanket lays flat the ribbons stick up. Make sense? Personally, I think that would be adorable, and as a comfort seeker from an early age, I think snuggling with a soft satin binding would be way better than scratchy ribbon tabs.  Grin
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oh, and PM me if you need a ribbon hookup. I have probably 75+ different ribbons in my studio right now. I'll send a baggie of 3-5" scraps to anyone willing to pay postage, and would be willing to cut short lengths off a bunch of rolls for a few bucks.
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« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2005 05:27:59 PM »

Thanks for the great idea for my prego's!

Here's my version;  whenever i can figure out how to insert a photo Sad

All i did was take a "premade" receiving blanket and stitched it and the ribbons to fleece.  Turned out great and super easy to do.  Perhaps that's why they don't want us making them. 

I just HAD to make one to upset the balance of their precious patent!

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« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2005 08:37:16 PM »

I got my package of ribbons from Lindsayanne today!! YAY!!
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« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2005 06:00:02 AM »

I got my ribbons as well...they are beautiful!! so many very cool ones! thank you!! I will put a picture of them on my blog...
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« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2005 07:43:50 AM »

Thanks for the great idea for my prego's!

Here's my version; whenever i can figure out how to insert a photo Sad

All i did was take a "premade" receiving blanket and stitched it and the ribbons to fleece. Turned out great and super easy to do. Perhaps that's why they don't want us making them.

I just HAD to make one to upset the balance of their precious patent!

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« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2005 08:18:00 AM »

It is only fair to respect the patent of someone's original idea.  I get bent out of shape because I have a neighbor who is always snooping at what I invent and then she goes home and makes whatever it is for everyone in her family. BUT it doesn't seem right that a company has patented something that has been around for years.  When you apply for a patent, they research anything CLOSE to it that has already been patented and will deny things that are just variations of an existing patent.  In other words,  be careful of just changing the shape, type of fabric, etc. because  most likely anything with the little ribbon tags would be covered in their patent. 
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Okay. Consider me officially out of scraps. Thanks for helping me clean up, ya'll! I'm still willing to send out ribbons to anyone who's willing to pay a few dollars for me to cut them off the roll- $5 (including shipping) for a stuffed sandwich bag of really nice ribbons in a myriad of colors and textures.
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« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2005 11:11:37 AM »

Wow.. we cleared you out!  Thanks again for the ribbons...  I can't decide if I want to make a blankie... or something else.. oh the decisions.  There are just so many colors & textures, I cannot decide!

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