I have a new nephew!!! Precious little Sidney James was born on Monday, March 16 and we couldn’t be more excited! He is perfect in every way. The kids and I can hardly wait to hold him and see his tiny fingers and toes in person.
I had been waiting to find out if it was a boy or girl before I broke out my sewing scissors and my machine to start whipping up little gifts. I had already made him some little shirts (here’s the tutorial). Next up, I decided to make some bibs. Here’s my method.
- 1/2 yard print fabric of your choice
- 1/2 yard fleece fabric (fleece does a good job absorbing drool)
- matching thread
- one small rectangle of velcro
- sewing scissors
- sewing machine
- Select two fabrics. I used a cute ABC cotton print and a cream fleece. Place them on top of one another with the “pretty sides” facing each other.
- Cut them down to 13″ long x 9″ wide
3. Line up all the edges of the cut fabrics (pretty sides facing in). Pin the edges if you prefer. On what will be the neckline of the bib use a pencil or fabric marker to draw a curved line on the print fabric. You can use a cereal bowl, a small salad plate or other circular item from around your house to trace around and ensure you get a perfect curve.
4. Then begin by sewing down one of the long flat sides of the bib, using the edge of the presser foot for your seam allowance. When you get to what would be the bottom center of the bib, leave a space about two or three inches wide that is not sewn together. This will be the place where you turn the bib inside out later. Then sew up the other long flat side and up to what will become the neck enclosure.
5. Next, slowly sew along the curved line you marked for the neckline going all the way up to the other flap. Finish sewing the top of the bib enclosure flap.
6. Cut around the edge of the bib as close to the seam as you’d like, to clean up the edges. At the bottom of the bib leave some extra fabric (as much as possible) that will fold under when we sew the top seam to close up the bib. Cut out the hole that will be for the neck.
7. Turn the bib right side out. Use the tip of your scissors to push out the corners. Then iron the bib.
8. Now sew a top stitch around all edges of the front of the bib. When you reach the bottom center where you left the seam open earlier, fold the loose fabric inside the bib and sew it down with the top stitch. You can decide for yourself whether you want to sew around the neck.
9. Now it’s time to sew on the velcro. Cut a small rectangular piece of velcro. Sew the toothy part of the velcro on the front of the bib and the softer part on the back side of the bib.
Voila! Now you have a soft and tiny bib to help keep your favorite little one dry. Can’t wait to send this one along with some other goodies to my new nephew Sidney!