|DIY Toddler Bib Tutorial|
We have a major shortage of bibs at our house. Now that James is getting the hang of coordinating a spoon, we usually end up with half of the food in his mouth and half his food on the front of his shirt!
Every time I browse the bibs in the baby section of the store, I am easily annoyed at how much they cost. I knew I had scrap fabric in my craft bin at home, so I decided to whip together a bib or two using a bib I already like, as a pattern.
This DIY bib tutorial is easy to do and only requires a few materials! I had left over cotton print and terry cloth fabric scraps to use to make the bib. You could easily use an old towel, fleece or any other fabric as backing for your bib.
Fabric for front of bib (I used cotton)
Fabric for back of bib (I used terry cloth)
Velcro, snap or button for bib close (I used sew on Velcro)
Start by laying out your fabrics. Lay your front fabric right side up. Place your back fabric right side down on top of your front fabric. By placing the fabric with right sides together, you can trace and cut your bib pattern without moving the fabric.
You will be sewing your fabrics right side together and then turning your bib inside out for a clean finish.
I traced my bib slightly larger than the original but still kept the neck hole the same. Remember, you will have a slight seam allowance when you sew your fabric together, so don't trace too close to your original bib.
Once your bib is cut out, remove fabric extras from around the bib and pin all around. Leave 2 inches open on the bottom of your bib for turning inside out.
Take your pinned bib to the sewing machine and sew all the way around your bib except for the two inches on the bottom of your bib. I left a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the bib.
Once sewn, turn your bib inside out and smooth.
Pin the 2 inch opening closed, and iron your bib flat.
Once your bib is ironed flat, got to your sewing machine and top stitch your bib. Top stitch over the opening of your bib to close. I sew very close to the edge and as straight as I can. This top stitch makes your bib look very finished.
Now we need to make a closure for your bib! I chose to use Velcro because it is what I had on hand. I cut my Velcro in a neat circle, pinned it to my bib, and applied with my sewing machine. Next time, I will hand stitch my Velcro to make it look more neat.
Now, you should have a completed bib on your hands.As you can see, I didn't pay close enough attention to which direction my fabric was facing and sewed our super cute police pattern sideways! Oh well, we can't get it perfect on the first try, right?