Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Bib Tutorial

Yesterday, I posted the Fat Quarter Burpcloth Tutorial, and today, I have a bib tutorial for you!
I thought that making a bib would be a tough job, but there's really nothing easier.
First, you need a bib to trace, or you can make your own pattern. If you are tracing a bib that you have, be sure to trace the whole thing about 5/8" bigger than it actually is. This will allow you to sew the seams, and have the final result be the correct size.
You will need:
flannel (about half a yard)
sewing machine

Trace your bib onto kraft paper, or whatever you have handy. I used some blank newspaper-paper.
Pin the bib pattern onto a double layer of flannel, and cut it out.

Remove the pattern, and pin the bib pieces together, with right sides together. (see picture below)

Look at the back and make sure you don't have any puckers or wrinkles.

Sew all the way around the bib, leaving a 2-3" gap for turning. It is a little tricky to sew around the curves, but if you just go slowly, lifting the presser foot every few stitches, you'll get a nice, smooth curve.

Clip the curves (aka almost the whole bib!!) I highly recommend the Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors (available at JoAnn). It is the sharpest, most amazing little scissors you have ever seen. It cuts curves amazingly well, and SO much better than a normal sized scissors. 
Make sure you do not clip too close to the seam.

Turn the bib right side out and press. A metal ruler works great for poking the seams out fully.

Pin (or just press) under the open edge so that it is even with the other edges. 

Put your needle in the left position and stitch around the entire bib at about 3/16", backstitching when you get to the end.
Hand sew on a snap for a neck closure, and you're done!

Tune in tomorrow for another baby project. Thanks for stopping by! Visit the blog live to leave a comment.

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  1. Very cute! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  2. I like this tutorial! The steps seem so simple and very easy to follow. This will be a good start for beginners. I love this bib, it turned out so cute because of the colorful fabric that you used. Well, you've done a very great job. Congratulations and Thank You!


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