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.
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!
You can download the pattern HERE, or trace you favorite existing bib to make your own pattern.
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).
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!
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).
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.
Aren’t they cute?
I couldn’t resist making a few more burp rags with the left over fabric. In our house you can never have too many!
And then I put them to the test. I’d say Reese is happy with her newest accessory!
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