First of all…….did you notice the new look? Okay, it’s only slight, so maybe you didn’t. But I just wanted to mention that there are actual buttons under the blog header now, that will direct you to different sections of the blog. I think the most helpful will the the FAQ section as it is taking me longer and longer to get back to some of you that have asked me questions. (sorry!) Hopefully this section will help answer your questions sooner. Also, some of you weren’t aware that I had an email address listed before. I’ll admit, it was a little tricky to find before. But now, there’s a link right up there are the top. (So if you’ve been getting updates on your google reader about new posts…….that’s why. It’s because of these new buttons. Tricked you.) Also, I have been playing around with section header on the sides but am not sold on what I have up right now. So yeah, I’ll probably change it 17 more times before I leave it alone.
On to the BIB…..
Wow, it’s been baby central around here lately. Lots and lots of baby items. Here’s one more for you all. I know there is always a baby shower to go to…….so these tutorials might come in handy for you. Or maybe you have a drooler that always wears a bib.
Might be fun to have a sassy little bib on your little one.
(This totally depends on what size bib you’d like to make)
- Scrap pieces of fabric
- Larger piece of fabric for backing
- Thin quilt batting
- Sewing Machine
Now, the way I did it, is I traced around one of my little guy’s bibs…..but made it a little longer. Then I traced around it again but added another 1/4 inch, for the seam allowance. Oh, and I also adjusted the 2 end pieces to come out as squared ends. Why? I just like the look of it. No other reason. :)
***If you don’t want to trace or you don’t have a bib to trace around, I found a great bib pattern/tutorial online that you could use HERE. I’m not sure how big it is or how easy the instructions are because I just wanted to hurry and measure off of a bib that I knew fit my little guy. So I just traced. It’s up to you though. Both ways will work great, I’m sure.***
Okay, getting back to work……..
Then I cut out my paper pattern and laid it down next to some scrap pieces that I kind of fit together and trimmed and made sure that they would be big enough, including 1/4 inch seam allowances. Then sew them together. This is where you can get really creative and abstract. Try making just stripes, maybe all squares, maybe just one strip along the bottom, or how about all sorts of shapes……might be fun to experiment with. And if you do……send me a picture. I would love to see what all of your creative minds come up with.
Then iron your pieced fabric flat. Then cut out your bib front, using your pattern.
Then cut out a back piece from one solid piece of material and also a piece from your batting.
Then place your 2 fabrics together, with right sides together and then lay your batting on top.
Pin in place.
Sew around the entire bib (all 3 pieces), leaving about 4 inches open at the bottom.
Trim around the curve of the bib so that it will lay flat after you turn it right side out.
And then trim off the corners of the 2 end pieces.
Turn right side out and shove a pencil into the ends, to poke the corners out nice and sharp. (Be careful not to puncture your fabric.) Then fold down the fabrics of the opening and pin closed.
Now, sew around the entire bib, close to the edge. Then, attach some velcro to the 2 end pieces and add buttons to the front. The buttons are totally optional and impractical really. But they sure add a fun little touch to the bib.
Now place on your baby to protect that brand new white shirt……..or any color. (If you have a baby…..you know they’ve stained about a million of them. Seriously.)