I shared this baby bib tutorial over at UCreate last month, but I realized that I never posted it here. I think it's about time, don't you? I came up with the idea when I was making my frayed edge baby quilt. I had some fabric left over and thought if a frayed edge quilt was cute, a frayed edge bib would probably be cute too. I am totally pleased with how they turned out! Wanna learn how to make some?
Here's what you need:
-Fabric, enough for the back, front, and flower. I used about 1/4 yard.
-Bib pattern or old bib to trace. I traced a bib I already had, but you can find a similar pattern here.
-Sewing machine and thread
-A pair of sharp scissors
-A snap, and a hammer to attach it. (Or you could use the sew on variety.)
-A glue stick
Alrighty, here we go!!
First you need to make a pattern by tracing a bib, or downloading one.
Take your two pieces of fabric and place them wrong sides together. I used two coordinating prints, but you could use the same fabric on the front and back.
Place the pattern on top of the fabric and cut through both layers.
Machine stitch both pieces together, about 1/2" from the edge. You will not be turning it inside out, so go all the way around.
Now it's time to add an embellishment. I did a flower, but you can use any design your heart desires.
Cut out your six petals.
Arrange them on the bib the way you like them. I like to secure mine with glue stick. It helps them stay in place white I am sewing.
Now stitch around all of the petals.
Cut out a circle, glue it in the center, and stitch around it just like you did the petals. Isn't that cute?
We're almost finished. Now take your scissors and cut slits about 1/2" apart all around the edge of the bib. Make sure you don't cut through the thread!
After you've finished snipping, it's time to attach the snap. I just used a packet I bought at Walmart and followed the instructions on the package. Mine involved the use of a hammer, but there are several different varieties. You could also use velcro instead if you want.
All the hard parts are done. Woohoo! The final step is to wash and dry your bib. It will get more soft, fluffy, and frayed with each washing. Here is mine after one cycle through the washer and dryer:
If you don't have a baby of your own, these would make awesome baby gifts. I know I used tons of bibs when my boys were little. I wish I woulda thought of this back then!
I hope you have fun making some adorable "rag quilt" baby bibs. Feel free to ask me any questions.