Quick and Simple Baby Bibs
Time for mama to make some bibs.
I sketched out a basic bib shape. I used one we already had to be sure the neck was going to be the right size. I didn't want it to be so big that it covered her cute outfits. I scanned the pattern and put it on Scribd so you can make one (or a dozen) for yourself if you like! All you need is a piece of regular cotton, a piece of cotton flannel, and some Velcro.
Print and cut out the pattern, pin it to some cotton quilting fabric that is folded in half, and cut it out. I repeated the process with a piece of flannel too, so I ended up with two pieces.
Next, I pinned the right sides together.
Then I sewed all the way around 1/4 inch from the edge, going slowly on the curves and leaving a two inch opening on one side. I made sure to backstitch at the beginning and end too.
Next I clipped my curves so it would lie flat when I turned it inside out...
Then turned it inside out and pressed it flat.
I then topstiched around the edges. This closed the opening where I turned the bib and also makes it look more finished. I just lined up the edge of the fabric with the edge of my presser foot and put my needle to the far right position. I did NOT backstitch at the beginning and end here.
Instead, I pulled my thread to one side and secured it with a square knot. After you snip off the extra thread you can barely tell it's there!
Finally, I cut a one inch length of 5/8" Velcro and sewed it to the top. Piece of cake! These are done so fast and with so little fabric. I spent $25 on fabric and Velcro yesterday. I ended up making 11 bibs in the past 24 hours, so that's roughly $2 per bib, AND I have a ton of fabric left over. Seriously, I could make another 20 bibs I think. Whoops.
So much cuter than anything I can buy! If I had been feeling fancier, I could have embroidered something on there or put some shape using Steam A Seam, but I'm lazy. Bonus though - this one coordinates with the baby leg warmers I made her last week from a pair of socks! She likes to sit and admire them. I found the tutorial here, via Pinterest. So easy, and they come out really cute too.
When you consider that baby leg warmers can run up to $12 a pair, how can you resist making your own?