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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Easy Bibs from Drop Cloth & Scraps

With a 7 month old, one on the way and three 3 year olds that still use bibs; I needed new bibs. It's super easy enough to make bibs, and I always have lots of scraps to choose from. I could have even used an old sheet, dish towel or shirt. I noticed a drop cloth scrap and I  remembered seeing that someone had drawn stripes on drop cloth to make it look like toweling. I decided to try that out. I choose some quilt scrap prints for the other side. 

First I picked an old bib, folded it in half and lay it on a folded sheet of paper. My paper was a little small. If you want you can use larger paper or tape pieces together to get the size you want. 

I traced the neck of the bib on the paper and cut it out. I didn't want the wings on my new bib so I cut the corner off, checked it and cut more till I was happy. 

The paper was not as long as the bib so I added a note at the bottom to remind me to add 2 inches there. If you have not added a seam allowance to your paper pattern be sure to add it when you cut out your pieces. 

Here's were I forgot to keep taking pics. So, cut 2 pieces of fabric for each bib....a front and a back. Place right sides together and sew around them leaving an opening for turning at the bottom. Turn right side out. Fold the raw opening edge in and sew closed. Iron flat and top stitch around the edges (optional but helps it to stay flat). Sew on a closure; I used hook & loop tape. (here's another tutorial if that helps)

Then on the drop cloth side of the bib I got out a permanent marker and ruler and added my toweling stripes. I set the marker with a hot iron and my bibs were finished. The stripes didn't last and faded after a few washings. Maybe fabric paint next time?

Because I used 2 fabrics, front and back, this bib is reversible. I could have used one piece of a heavy fabric and sewn binding around the edge. I saved time though by not binding it. 

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  1. This post came just in time for me. I've been invited to a baby shower in a few weeks, and I think I know what I'll be making.
    Thank you,
    Sam from

  2. Nice tutorial :)

  3. My 18 month old won't wear a bib anymore. She just takes it off! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! :)

  4. 3 three year olds...your my hero!! Love the bib too.

  5. Really good tutorial! So cute!
    I would love if you come link up tomorrow at the Monday party!

  6. Lovely! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  7. These are so cute and look easy to do as well, which makes them even better. We have a lot of new babies in the family and neighborhood, and these will be great for a little extra gift here and there. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the party this week! Hope to see you again soon! Theresa @DearCreatives

  9. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Pinning to my Sewing board.

  10. Great tutorial - Thanks so much for sharing this at the Friday Frenzy.

  11. Such a good idea. Great job sewing!

  12. Cute bibs! The bibs with the chickens and apples are really cute. I need to get started making some baby items for my little boy who's on the way.

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  13. You can never have to many bibs!!! Nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

  14. Oh my gosh, the toweling stripes are just darling! I love the vintage look of these sweet bibs. Pinned. Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  15. So cute! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. We love having you! Please stop by tonight at 7 pm and party with us!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  16. What a very great tutorial! The steps are very well-instructed and it's so simple, so everyone can surely follow. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!


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