Welcome back for the second part of my tutorial on the bib and binky set. Today we will sew the bib. I love the shape of this bib. I think it looks so sweet on the newborn to 6 months old baby. I will share my pattern here.
I’ve made bibs out of lots of different fabrics from recycled jeans to laminates. My favorite is 100% cotton and terry cloth. With this combination I don’t need to use a batting or interfacing. It holds up well through multiple washings. And there is a wider variety of prints available.
What you will need:
One fat quarter
12 inch square of terry cloth
Pins, scissors and coordinating thread
Pattern (download here)
Cut the bib pattern out of the focus fabric. After you have removed the pattern use that piece as the new pattern to cut a mirror image out of the terry cloth. Place right sides together and pin as you would for sewing. (This is a little trick that I use to make finishing a project faster. It always seems when I cut the outer and inner separately using the paper pattern that I have a lot of trimming to do when I pin them together. This way I get a near perfect mirror image and I am already pinned together and ready to sew.)
Because I am using a terry cloth I did not feel that this bib needed to be interfaced with polyester batting. (If I use batting I prefer polyester in bibs and other baby items because it dries quicker than 100% cotton batting.)
Allow a 3 inch gap for turning. Double pin the place where you will end sewing. (I can’t tell you how many times I have sewn past the opening only to have to seam rip it out.)
Use a 1/4 seam allowance to sew bib together.
Notch the outer curves (convex curves) of the bib. This reduces bulk when it is turned and will help the bib lay more smoothly.
Snip the curves that go inward (concave). Snipping the inward curve reduces stress on the seam and reduces puckers. You know you have snipped enough when you straighten the curve and you see the fabric separating, If you notice the seam pulling anyplace make another little snip. Be careful not to snip into the seam.
Turn the bib right side out. Roll the seams between your index finger and thumb to get a crisp edge. Press the bib. Top stitch around the bib with about a 1/8 allowance. This will close up the gap you left for turning.
Install the snaps. As an alternative you can attach Velcro. (I personally hate the way Velcro looks after it has been washed and dried a few times. It attaches all the lint in the wash to itself. Snaps stay so much cleaner.)
These little bibs Sew up so fast and make a lovely gift. I often make up half a dozen or so for the new baby. It is surprising how many bibs a little one can go through.
We are 2/3 the way through our sew-along on the bib and binky set. Tomorrow we will sew the little binky pouch.