I was looking over all the fun accessories I’ve been making for Annie and myself lately, and I started to feel bad that I hadn’t made anything for James. Don’t get me wrong, he really rocks a wired scarf, but I wanted him to have something just for himself. I am nowhere near being able to sew baby clothes, but I thought bibs would be pretty simple. If James isn’t eating, he’s drooling, so bibs get a lot of play around here.
I went to my local Joann Fabric Store, found some cute patterns and brightly colored terry cloth, and a project was born. I whipped out four bibs in a day (I machine-sewed two and hand-sewed two), so I can confidently say they are easy no matter how you sew them together. I made them reversible by pairing different fabrics/patterns together.
If you want to make some cute reversible bibs for the baby in your life, you’ll need:
Start by placing your bib pattern on the back of your first piece of pre-washed fabric. You can either trace an existing bib you have, or you can download the template I made here and here (the template was too large for standard 8.5×11″ paper, so cut out the two template pieces then tape them together). Cut your fabric, then repeat on your matching fabric.
Pin your fabric together inside-out, with the two FRONT pieces on the inside. If you are going to add any extra designs to your bibs, you would do this before you pin the pieces together. I have an example/explanation further down.
Sew the pieces together. Keep the stitches small and tight if you are hand-sewing. Make sure you leave an inch-long opening to pull your fabric through.
Once you’ve completed sewing, pull the bib through the opening you left.
See the ragged opening there, where you pulled your fabric through? Tuck those edges in so they look like the picture below.
You can close the hole in one of two ways: You can simply close it by hand or machine sewing, or you can topstitch. A topstitich is a stitch sewn parallel to the hem (here’s a great explanation.) It’s definitely not necessary, but it not only makes your bib look even nicer, it also makes it more durable (important for repeated washes!). I closed this bib by hand, but then I went back and topstitched it because I like how it looks.
Add your velcro. I cut 1.5-inch pieces.
Sew all around the edges of the velcro, and I suggest also sewing in an X shape across the velcro as well. James tugs on his bibs so the X helps to really secure the velcro pieces.
Here it is all done! I called this one “The Hipster Lumberjack,” because it made me laugh.
James is very hip.
These are the four I made. If I (a perfectionist who is figuring it out as she goes along) can make four of something in one day, you know it’s easy!
This one is proper in the front, pillage in the back. See the red felt bow tie? That’s what I meant by adding an extra design. You want to add these BEFORE you pin your bib pieces together. I used felt and cookie cutters to create the shapes I wanted, then I sewed them onto the front side of my bibs. Once the shapes were applied, I pinned the bibs together. I also did this on the bib below.
I call this one the “Rawr! Whale noise! bib” Annie picked the animals from the cookie cutters I have.
Clearly James loves them.
I kept this one simple. One side is plain, for when James wants to be under cover. The other side reveals his superhero identity.
These were really fun to make. I wish I had some pregnant friends, I think they’d be a nice baby shower gift!
Any questions, let me know! Have fun!