Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tutorial: Fast and Easy Baby Bib from a Dish Towel

Have you noticed that most baby bibs you buy are absolutely useless? They are so tiny they barely cover 1/3 of the baby's chest. This results in food smeared in all over their clothes! Maybe it's just me, but that is really frustrating! I have a couple of bibs that give full coverage over the shoulders and falls into the lap. These bibs are awesome, but they are difficult to find. Then I realized I could make my own for cheaper and even embellish them in colors and themes I would actually want. I wanted to share this with you. Even if you don't have a baby, this would make a great gift for someone you know who is.

You can use any type of dish towel you would like. After looking at several types and prices I opted for this microfiber material type I found at Walmart. I believe it was $3.88 for this 2 pack. I like the material because it has a nice texture that will grab on to the food. You can certainly pick up cheaper dish towels, but this one had a good weave that didn't look like it would pill or develop a run in the fabric if it was snagged.
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I laid my favorite bib over one of the towels for size which turns out to be half of the size. I can get 4 bibs out of the 2 towels!
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First cut your towel in half.

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Fold over the top portion to cut a circle out for the neck. If you are making this for your own baby you can measure their head and neck to get an accurate size.
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Next, sew FOE (Fold Over Elastic) with a zig zag stitch on the neckline, fully stretching the elastic as you sew. You can find FOE at JoAnn's. There is a new brand of cloth diapering products called Babyville Boutique who make really cute colors and prints of FOE.

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Take a wide ribbon and pin along the outer edges of the bib. This makes a nice colorful edge and also keeps you from having to finish out the cut edge of the towel by serging.
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Sew ribbon on with a straight stitch.
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Take your fabric that you are going to cut embellishments from and iron to heat and bond.
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Cut out your applique. I used my GO! Baby Rose of Sharon template to cut several flowers. So fast and easy! I love the layers I can create with the flowers.
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After you lay out your pieces where you want them, iron them well on the bib. I recommend using a tight zig zag stitch around each applique piece to secure to the bib. I chose not to on this particular one. Either way it looks really cute!
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9 comments:

Nancy said...

This is beautiful - love it!

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Carrie Phelps said...

Once again the GO! Baby comes through! It's beautiful & with my brand new granddaughter I plan to make this. Thanks.
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Katie S said...

Cute!

Sue D said...

Very cute bib--love the flowers. Thanks for sharing the specific towel you used.

HappilyDomestic said...

I hate tiny bibs too! Dish towel bibs are the BEST! I just posted a tutorial on for one on my blog as well. :-)

Kathy said...

Nice tutorial. Looks like an easy hand-made Christmas gift. Shahann at yahoo dot com.

Kathy said...

Cute tute for a dressy bib to match an outfit that you just made using the leftover scraps! Shahann at yahoo dot com

Maxine said...

I love bibs made from dish towels. Thank you for the tutorial. With the GO! Baby you could make some really cute ones in a hurry.
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Maxine said...

Love the Rose of Sharon die used on this bib to make it "dressy".
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