I like to make baby gifts for friends and family member’s new babies. I’ve made a number of bibs over the years and have used this pattern a lot. But recently I have tinkered with my original bib pattern and I think I’ve found something that I like better. Introducing: The Bigger and Better Bib Pattern!
You can get the bib pattern by clicking here.
I know, it looks very similar. The basic shape is the same but I’ve widened it in some areas, including the straps which makes it easier to turn right side out during the process of making it. And in my book easier is much, much better.
The process for making the bib is the same as in my old tutorial but I’m going to go through it all here again so that you don’t have to click over to that post. What can I say, I like simple!
You will need:
- The Bigger & Better Bib pattern
- fabric for the front of the bib
- fabric for the back of the bib (I like to use something absorbent, like terry cloth)
- sewing machine (unless you want to do it by hand)
- velcro or snaps to close the bib
- Snap Fastener tool if you elect to use snaps
- scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
Step 1: Print out the Bigger & Better bib pattern. You will either need to print two and tape the two halves together or print one and place it on the fold of your fabric. When you print it out it should measure just over 10 and 1/4 inches from top to bottom. If it doesn’t then adjust your printer settings.
Step 2: Cut out the pattern and place it on top of your fabric for the front of your bib. Cut out the fabric.
Step 3: Place your front fabric on top of the terrycloth, with the right side down. Pin the front fabric into place and trim around the edges.
Step 4: Sew around the outside edge of the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge. Sew almost all the way around but leave an opening of a couple of inches or so. Trim any excess material from the edges that you might have left before.
Step 5: Remove the pins and turn the bib right side out, using the opening that you left. Be sure to get into all the little corners and push everything out. Iron the bib nice and flat.
Step 6: Topstitch around the edge of the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge.
Step 7: Attach either velcro or a snap to the straps of the bib for your closure. I chose to use velcro for this one but I often use snaps as well.
And that’s it! Now you’ve got a beautiful bib that some mama-to-be is going to love. I really love making gifts that are personalized to the tastes of the mother-to-be.
What do you like to give for new baby gifts? Let me know in the comments below!