Bibs are just one of those baby items that will never cease to be useful and side-fastening bibs make securing and removing the bib much simpler as you're not trying to access snaps, ties or fasteners behind the baby's neck. Create a custom side-fastening bib with a decorative ruffled binding around the edges for something a little less ordinary than a typical store bought bib. Hand embroider the baby's name or date of birth on the bib and offer it as a personalized gift to a new mother for a useful, keepsake item.
Items you will need
- Terry cloth or cotton blend fabric, 1/4 yard
- Double-fold bias binding tape, ruffled or plain
- Sewing machine or sewing needle
Draw a 10-inch by 14-inch rectangle on your terry cloth or cotton blend fabric and cut it out.
Draw a curve at each corner of the rectangle with a piece of chalk and cut off the fabric beyond the chalk line. You can make the bib more rounded by making larger curves around the corners or cut off just small curves at the corners to keep the shape.
Find the center of one of the 10-inch-long edges and measure 1 1/2-inches downward. Make a small dot with the chalk to mark the top of the neck opening.
Draw a circle on the rectangle, beginning at the dot on the fabric. Make a circle with a 3 1/2-inch diameter for a small infant, 4 1/2-inches for a baby between 4 and 6 months of age or 5 inches for a baby between 6 and 12 months of age. You can augment the diameter of the circle for an older baby or toddler. Cut out the circle.
Make a cut across the fabric from the right 14-inch-long edge to the bottom of the circle to make the side opening for the bib.
Cut two coordinating pieces of hook and loop fastener, each about 1-inch square. Sew one square to the underside of the fabric above the cut. Sew the other square to the top side of the fabric below the cut. Sew the fasteners about 1/2-inch away from the edges of the fabric.
Measure the perimeter of the bib. Cut a piece of binding tape to this length. Sandwich the edge of the bib in between the fold in the tape and sew the tape to the bib with a running stitch.
Tips & Warnings
- For a thicker, more absorbent bib, cut two identical shapes from the fabric in step one and sew them together around the edges to make a two-layer bib.
- "Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers"; Lotta Jansdotter; 2009
- "Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby"; Anna Maria Horner; 2010
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