Who wants to applique some baby bibs with me?? Since I’ve been sewing up several of these lately I decided to do a quick tutorial just in case anyone else wanted to make some too. I’m no expert and I realize there are other ways of doing it, but this is how I do it with the resources that I have. Also, I apologize for choosing such a light colored fabric. It would have been wiser to use a darker one for all the pictures. Sorry!
You will need:
fabric for bib (flannels, cottons, and knits work nicely)
fabric for applique
fasteners (such as snaps, Velcro, etc.)
sewing machine w/zig-zag stitch
1. First, you will need to get a pattern for your bib. You can either print one or use a bib you already have adding a 1/4″ all the way around.
2. Next you will need to draw or print the shape that you want to applique and cut it out.
3. Now that you you have your patterns it’s time to start cutting the fabric. You will need to cut two bib pieces, one applique piece from the fabric and one applique piece from the interfacing (with the shiny side up)
4. Next you will iron your interfacing to your applique piece per the directions on your interfacing. Then pin your applique piece to the right side of your bib, making sure to pin it straight and even.NOTE: My interfacing is only fusible on one side. If you are using the kind that is fusible on both sides with the peel off back, then you will need to pin it to the applique piece AND the bib before you iron it. Also, remember to peel off the backing! 🙂
5. Now you will sew all the way around the edge of your applique using the zig-zag stitch. Go slow and be sure to shift your fabric accordingly, remembering to back stitch at the beginning and end!NOTE: You can set your stitch to the smallest size for a closer and more secure zig-zag stitch. The stitch I have shown here is a large sized stitch.
6. Next you should pin your bib pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam leaving 2-3 inches open so you can turn your bib remembering to back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
7. Next, clip your curves being careful not the cut into your seam.
8. Now you can turn your bib right side out and iron it.
9. Pin the open part of your seam so that the edges are turned in and even with the rest of the bib.
10. Now you need to top stitch as close to the edge as you can all the way around your bib remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end.
11. Choose the fastener of your choice for the neck straps and your done! Yay!
Now wasn’t that fun?!?