Friday, February 22, 2013

Simple Bibs {Tutorial}

The Simple Bib

Between spit up and drool I can pretty much guarantee something is pouring out of my four-month-old’s mouth at all times. And even though we keep our Perfect Burp Rags within arms reach, sometimes (or should I say most of the time?) Reese is sporting a soaking wet onesie. I picked up some flannel and cuddle fabric at Joann’s to make a bib that could rival the simplicity of my favorite burp rags.

Burp Rags and Bibs

These bibs were so simple to make and you could easily whip out several of these drool-catchers for your little one, or make a bunch and combine them with the Perfect Burp Rag for a great baby shower gift!

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You can download the pattern HERE, or trace you favorite existing bib to make your own pattern.

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I cut out my bibs in the flannel and cuddle fabric. (My ideal backing material would be the chenille that Joann’s used to carry, you could also use terry cloth but it doesn’t hold the original shape as well. I’m hoping this cuddle fabric will be a good alternative to chenille, but we’ll see how it does with absorbing.) Something to note: I decided to save myself time by folding the fabric in half and cutting out two bibs at a time. Since the flannel is only printed on one side, this means I have two bibs that are mirror images of one another. I did the same with the cuddle fabric. If you’re cutting all the bibs so they’ll go in the same direction, you’ll need to flip your pattern over when cutting the backing material (cuddle fabric in my case).

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I then just serged the flannel and cuddle layers together, wrong sides together. If you don’t have a serger, just go around the edge of the fabrics (no seam allowance) with a serge-like stitch. It does take some practice to go around the tight corners, but it wasn’t bad. The best part about making your bibs this way is you don’t have leave an opening, turn them right side out and then close up the opening and top stitch around the bib. This way is just simple!

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Because I didn’t want to deal with sewing velcro on (keeping it simple, right?) I used my snap tool and put them on in just a few seconds each. Side note: I think this is one of the best sewing tool investments. They’re regularly about $27, but you can use a coupon on it. Snaps are so easy to put on and once you have one of these you’ll find all sorts of ways to use it (I’ve used it for baby shoes, The Ultimate Activity Book, Onesies, felt book, and interchangeable headbands).

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And that’s it! You could easily embellish them with ruffles or flowers, but I wanted to make them quickly. Plus, I figure these will get a lot of wear, which means a lot of washing, so they need to hold up.

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Aren’t they cute?

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I couldn’t resist making a few more burp rags with the left over fabric. In our house you can never have too many!

Reese with bib

And then I put them to the test. I’d say Reese is happy with her newest accessory!

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  1. I love your bibs: simple but nice!
    I must do some in this way, the serger stitch around makes them really modern :)
    From today I'm following you on GFC and I'd be really pleased if you come to my brand new sewing/serging blog and, if you like what you see, follow me back :)
    Tx a lot,
    MammaNene from

  2. So cute, and look really easy to make! Where can you buy that snap tool at?

    1. Also, forgo to ask, may I Pin this to my sewing board on Pinterest?

  3. I love these! What a great idea and brilliant tutorial!

    I would absolutely love for you to link up at the Baby Shower a new linky party for all things pregnancy and new baby - Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  4. great tutorial and WHAT A GORGEOUS MODEL !!!!

  5. Such cute bibs! I will have to hit up my SIL that has a surger!

    Thanks for linking up!

  6. So how do you finish your serged seam? Do you feed it back through or use fray check or some other method? These are so cute! I just was wondering what you do! :)

    1. I too am wondering who you finish off the serged seam. Please reply.

    2. I chain off with the serger-meaning I sew a length of chain that's several inches long after I'm done sewing the bib- and then just tie that in a knot right against the fabric and clip off the extra chain. I'm not sure if it's correct or not but it works.

  7. So adorable and easy!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  8. I love how simple this is! I'd love for you to consider joining our first ever Pattern Party! Those with free patterns to share are invited to link up. Check it out!

  9. They are great! Love the suggestions about the snap tool. Love pictures of the super cute baby wearing them! Inspires me to make a few for my peanut!

  10. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

  11. Wonderful tutorial! Velcro can scratch the baby, so I am very glad you didn't include that in your bibs! Will be making these someday. :)

  12. yup, gotta give this one a try. I don't have a serger, and I didn't think of just zigzagging around the edges. Thanks so much - gotta get one of those snap tools too.

  13. You guys present there are performing an excellent bubblegum casting legitimate

  14. What size is the pattern supposed to be from top to bottom?


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