Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{ Baby 'Fashion Bibs' }

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Now I call these "fashion bibs" or "a fashion statement" because they are for spit not food and will be worn like clothing; and if like my kiddos your little one never drools or spits up, it's really just for fashion that they'll ever wear one of these bibs. But whether a baby ever drools or not, bibs are a fun gift to give and quite simple to make.

So let's see what it takes to throw one, two or three of these bad boys together.

Materials:
minky or another soft or absorbent material for the back of  the bib
a second fabric for the front (a fat quarter is more than enough)
matching or contrasting thread
embellishing fabric (optional)
snap
marker (one sewing, one for pattern making)
large paper


I started by tracing an inspiration bib given to me by my friend Paige for baby Tabi.

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Now I must add here if you choose to trace a bib like I did, do not add a seam allowance inside the neck like I did. Add all of the seam allowance to the outside of the bib or your bib will only fit on dolls and small newborns - and that's the truth. (I cut three bibs at once and by the third I was able to properly cut away enough of the neck so that the bib should fit not only a newborn but also a bigger baby.)

Once you have a pattern drawn, cut it out.

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Then pin it to or trace it on to your fabrics and cut.

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If you want to do an embellishment prepare it and add it to the front of your bib now. My inspiration bib didn't have any embellishment and is beautiful, but I chose to add a little somethin', somethin'. Here's my "Pinto Love."

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When the face of your bib is complete pin it right side to right side with your back piece.

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Start on the bottom with a stay stitch and a 1/2" seam allowance. Sew all the way around the bib but leave a hole in the bottom to turn the bib right side out. End with another stay stitch.

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Before turning the bib right side out, cut the excess fabric off the tips of the neck.

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Now for the fun part, turn it right side out.

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Next, tuck in the edges of the fabric on the hole and start a top stitch that closes the hole and goes all the way around the edge of the bib. Add a snap or fastener of your choice and voila! You're done and you've made a bib.

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Or two...

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or three.

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And that's how I made my bibs. Now if you don't want to fake it like me, here's a link to a great tutorial that will walk you through how to make a bib pattern from scratch and sew it together:


I was going to follow this tutorial, but for some reason I decided to go rogue. So go rogue or go by the directions, whichever way you choose you'll make a super cute bib - so long as you use cute material.

Happy Tuesday (two down and a few to go, but who's counting?) and thanks for reading.

I'd love to hear from you, so drop me a line in the comment section.

2 comments:

Cassie said...

Love our "pinto love' bib! Thanks so much!

Julianna, Jade, Janae, Jamie said...

So cute! I love love that pink one, I wish I could even sew in a straight line to make these haha, these turned out so cute!

jamie @theletter4

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