“You have a mass produced Taylor Swift folklore poly-blend cardigan. I have a blanket hand-stitched by Taylor herself. We are not the same.”—Katy Perry or Gigi Hadid’s babies, probably.
Yes, just week after Perry revealed that former rival Swift sent her a handmade blanket following the birth of her daughter Daisy, Hadid, a constant member of what used to be called “the squad,” has revealed she received the same gift.
While Hadid has kept many details about the birth of her daughter with Zayn Malik private (even her name is not yet public), she did share a peek at her child this weekend on Instagram stories. The newborn was dressed in a white Versace onesie (a “gift from auntie @donatellaversace”), and draped in a pink blanket (“and auntie @taylorswift made this!”).
While Taylor Swift’s quarantine-produced album folklore (which recently helped Swift break a record once held by Whitney Houston) certainly suggested that the Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter has adapted the internet-popular “cottagecore” aesthetic, one would assume that she spent most of her recent free time, you know, actually producing the album and its corresponding visuals. As it turns out, however, Swift has still found the opportunity to adapt the new hobby of baby blanket-making.
While Hadid only offered a view of the edge of her blanket, Perry uploaded evidence of the entire project. Both seem similar, in that they’re made of a pink silk/satin material, and definitely hand-stitched. One look at Perry’s blanket would indicate that Swift’s biggest interest in the project may be embroidery (the blanket featured a hand-stitched flower and the words “Baby Bloom”).
We half-expected to type “DIY embroidered baby blanket” into Pinterest to find the exact set of instructions Swift may have followed, but, alas nothing came up that seemed to match her style. Perhaps she’s freehanding it.
Much in the way you’ve had a “hobby” you went out and bought all the supplies for, took up in earnest for a week or so, and then completely forgot about for years, it would seem that Swift has the same relationship to yarn-based craft.
Six years ago, friend and collaborator Ed Sheeran revealed that Swift had gifted him a handmade needlepoint inspired by the Drake song “Started From The Bottom.” Swift devotees also found that the musician made a needlepoint, featuring a quote from Gary Busey, for her brother Austin as well.
While only two such Swift-made blankets have been publicly accounted for, we have reason to believe there may be at least one more in the world: Sheeran welcomed his first child, a daughter named Lyra, earlier this month.