Monday, March 26, 2012

Baby Bib Tutorial

It seems like many families are welcoming new babies this spring! Here is a fast and easy project to make for those special deliveries.
Baby Bibs
Materials Needed:

1/2 yard of flannel (pre-washed)
sew on Velcro (not the sticky back type
ric rac (optional)
         * You can click on the pictures to make them larger.

 First, you can either make a pattern using a favorite bib or here is a Bib Pattern that I use that I found on a blog years ago but cannot remember who came up with it (if you recognize it from another blog, please let me know so I can give the credit to where it is due!)  When printing, set it to "fit" page, not "actual size" otherwise it will be too big.  Cut out along the outside of the dark lines and then tape the bib pieces together.

Fold your fabric in half so that you will cut two bib pieces out at once.  Pin your paper pattern to the flannel, and then cut out around your pattern piece.

 Place your two bib pieces on top of each other with the right sides (pretty sides) together and pin.

 Make two marks at the bottom of your bib with a fabric pencil or marker.  You will NOT sew between the marks as this will be the opening to turn the bib right side out after it is sewn.

I made my marks about 4" apart.

Beginning at the opening, sew around the bib using a 3/8" seam allowance.  Don't forget to reverse stitch at the beginning and the end!

With your scissors, clip the curves being careful to not cut through your stitching. 

I clipped the curves at the bottom of the bib.

And I especially clipped the curves in the neck area of the bib.

Turn your bib right side out and then iron flat.  Make sure that the seams don't try and tuck themselves in!  Also, tuck in the fabric at the opening and iron.

I chose to add ric rac to my bib.  You don't have to but it does add a really cute touch.  If you don't, still topstitch around the bib about 1/4" away from the edges to help keep the two layers from separating when washed.     To sew on ric rac, start at the right upper part of your bib and turn under one edge of your ric rac so that it hides the edges.

 Sew right down the middle of your ric rac and don't forget to reverse stitch here either.

 Sew all the way around until you get to the upper left part of your bib.  Cut your ric rack and then tuck under the end and sew it down.

 I also topstitched through the neck area to keep the edges together. 

 Cut a piece of velcro that is about 1.5" long.  Pin the soft velcro piece to the side facing the baby and pin the rough/scratchy piece to the side facing away from the baby.

 Here is the rough velcro piece facing away from baby.

 Sew around the perimeter of the velcro pieces and be sure to reverse stitch!

Here is what the stitching will look like from the right side of the bib. 

That is all and you are done! 

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Anonymous said...

I made bibs like this for my son who was a real drooler. I used terry for the back because it was more absorbent and fun flannel prints for the front. These make great baby gifts!

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Leslie Lim said...

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