In my last post, I showed you how to make a burp cloth. In this post, I will show you how to make the coordinating baby bib. The first thing you will need to do is make a pattern. I took three bibs that I liked (I liked the width of one, the length of another and the neck of the third) and traced around the parts of each I liked to come up with a new pattern. Then I added 5/8” all the way around to account for the seam allowance. I folded it in half lengthwise to cut it out (in case my drawing was not exact on both sides, this would ensure that they were the same). You can use this paper pattern, or I then took the paper pattern and traced it onto heavier plastic that could still be easily cut to make a more durable pattern (I have no idea what this stuff is called; I purchased it at a quilt shop). I have the pattern marked with which side is the front.
Then you will need your fabrics for the front and back of the bib. I use a fun print for the front and striped chenille for the back. Lay the pattern front side up on the right side of the print fabric, and cut it out. I use a rotary cutter and find it easier to tape the pattern to the fabric so it doesn’t move while I cut it out.
It is easier to cut the chenille from the wrong side; therefore, I lay the pattern front side down on the back of the chenille. I also have the center of the pattern marked at the neck and at the bottom, so I line those marks on the same stripe so the pattern is straight on the fabric, and then I cut it out.
Chenille makes a mess when it is cut. A trick I use on my cutting mat is a lint roller. I also shake the bib each time I cut the chenille to remove any loose parts.
Now, if you are doing an applique on the bib (my next post will go into detail on appliques), you would want to do that before you sew the front and the back together. This way you can have a reversible bib – if the applique is sewn on after the front and back is sewn together, then you would see the stitching on the back of the bib. Once you are finished with the applique (or if you are not doing an applique), you will pin the front and back of the bib with the right sides together.
Sew around the bib using a 5/8” seam allowance leaving a 2 ½” opening at the bottom of the bib.
Trim around the bib (but do not trim the bottom area that was not sewn), and clip the curves to help the fabric lay flat when it is turned right side out.
Turn the bib right side out. I use a dressmaker’s marking pencil to help poke out the tabs and to smooth out the seams.
Fold in the seam allowance at the bottom and iron the bib to smooth out the seams.
Top stitch around the bib with a coordinating color thread on top, and white in the bobbin (as it will be on the chenille) – this will close the opening.
You can use the same steps up to this point to make the second type of burp cloth discussed in my last post. You will just cut your fabric and chenille in a rectangle (I cut mine 14” x 20”).
To finish the bib, you need to add sew-on Velcro as the closure. Fold the ends over to see where they fall and align the Velcro. When sewing the Velcro on the bottom tab, I use white thread on both the top (stitched on the Velcro) and bobbin (stitched on the chenille).
When I sew the Velcro on the top tab, I use white thread on the top (stitched on the Velcro), and I change my bobbin thread to the color I used for the top stitching (stitched on the front print).
And you’re done!