Monday, September 2, 2013

The Baby Bib Tutorial

Welcome to the last day of summer/ beginning of school (cue sniffles and desperate urges to tan). It also seems to be a traditional time for projects. Personally I think it’s a fantastic idea to carve out time for creative pursuits but often that time is competing with last of the summer BBQs and back-to-school shopping. I have the perfect solution; a project that is quick, rewarding, and CUTE.

A baby bib! Now, this is not just any bib, this is the BEST bib. What makes it so special? It's is reversible, covers a lot more then a regular bib and is really adorable. When your baby is drooling like mad they can still be cute as a button and dry. This is the perfect project to whip up for that shower or new baby gift, or even if you’ve just discovered you have a messy eater. I received one of these as a gift years ago and since I've never seen them in a store I thought why not just make a tutorial. Also Please note we are not professional pattern makers so follow along as best you can.

What You’ll Need:
Two coordinating Fat quarters (The birds are from my stash and the flowers are from the shop)
One package of Double Fold Bias Tape
Sewing machine and thread
Bib pattern Click Here and print. *The original pattern I used is no longer available. Me and my sweet friend Danielle have done our best to recreate the pattern piece. Print and tape together. Let me know if there are any problems. You'll notice I traced and cut my pieces on the fold. If you wish to do that just fold the pattern in half. 
Make sure your fabric is washed and dried (this is for a baby and will be getting a lot of use)

Step 1:
Trace the pattern on the fold of both fat quarters

Step 2:
Cut the bias tape into two 10inch pieces one 34inch piece and one 32inch piece

Step 3:
Open up both pattern pieces and put them together wrong sides facing.

Step 4:
Take one 10inch piece and sandwich and pin the edge of the armhole fabric between the bias tape. Do the same on the other side and stitch close to the edge being careful not to let the fabric slip out from the bias tape.

Step 5:
Take the 32 inch piece of bias tape and fold it in half to find the middle. pin this to the middle of the bib. Take one end of the bias tape and pin it the end of the shoulder. Do the same at the other shoulder. Pin all the way around. Start at one shoulder and stitch all the way around to the other shoulder.

(your almost done)

Step 6:
Finally fold the 34 inch piece of tape to find the center. Pin this to the center of the neckline and then pin up the rest of the neck. Start sewing at one end of the strap and sew all the way down, around the neckline, and up the other strap. Knot each end and voila you’ve got the cutest little baby bib!


  1. This is fabulous! I love it! I only wish I would have had this tutorial when my kiddos were smaller.

    1. Susie this is exactly what I think. I did not stumble upon this gem until they were older. There a great inexpensive shower gift though.

  2. This is great Jess! I'm a Momma who received these as gifts and used them for both of my boys. They are so handy and keep their clothes nice and clean.

  3. I sincerely hope that Sew Unique is not paying this "blogger." Not only was the information poorly written, it was riddled with grammar and spelling errors.
    As a teacher and an artist, I found this blog to be equal parts elementary and offensive to the English language. Wow.

  4. Betty, as much as I appreciate all teachers opinions, I have never seen a teacher criticize so brutally and publicly no less. Most teachers I know strive to encourage those around them as well as promote positive attitudes and behavior. I do not condemn you recognizing the grammatical errors above, as I am sure the writer will be more diligent in her proofreading before posting, so as to avoid another negative post. Please forgive me if this offends you but I felt bad for the writer when I read your post.

    1. Addoss:

      Perhaps if "most" of the teachers in your life spent more time instructing on their respective fields, we would have bloggers who could cobble together ifu's (instructions for use) that made sense in both form, as well as content. This blog did neither. Further, the forum is public, so public scrutiny should be expected. If my response encouraged the blogger to proof read and solicit feedback prior to the next post, I consider my previous feedback to be a public service. As such, you're welcome.

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    3. Addoss,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I have been extremely lucky to have wonderful constructive and supportive teachers in my life. It seems no matter how many times one proof reads a post it always ends up with a few errors. And as far as writing tutorials that is definitely a work in progress. Thank you again for your understanding.

    4. As I see it, simply because something is a "public forum" does not give permission to be harsh. I truly appreciate the grace with which Addoss kindly stood up for this blogger. I've decided to do the same. I think that having a good command of the English language is no excuse or permission to thrash about, being ugly to anyone. In this public forum, you have been rude and I think that I would be terribly embarrassed to be seen as such. If my child had a teacher who responded as you did here, I would complain to the school administration. Such bullying isn't good form for one who has taken on the job of educating.

      This is a sweet blog and I think it a shame that you would bring vitriol to a post about a baby bib. It's silly, really.

    5. Little Betty,
      I sincerely hope that you are not being paid for you teaching position. I really have very little tolerance for people who love to police the web for spelling errors. Wile other people are creating products , ideas, which the web is great for. You sit back and add no value, but to look for ways to critique spelling. I like most people have fond memories of a teacher that believed in me, I also have memories of teachers that would criticize. Let me share a secret with you. Your job is not to teach english. Your job is to inspire people to love to english and maybe take a chance on writing a book, or a blog. Rest assured there are many spelling errors in this post, you may to your hearts delight correct them. I don't care.
      P.S. My retired english teacher/secretary was not able to proof read this as I had given her the day off.

  5. "Let no harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them."
    Ephesians 4:29 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

    Ah, such beautiful words. This verse is a balm for my soul. There is so much unkindness in the world. I hear harsh words from mothers to their children, teachers to their students, people on the street to complete strangers. It saddens me more than I can say.

    I don't believe that we would be given this instruction if it were not possible to follow. Meeting the needs of others and speaking words that will benefit others are not merely a couple of nice phrases, these things are our responsibility.

    "...good words that are helpful..." I hope that I'm able to live up to this command. I hope that as a mother and a teacher I'm kind and that my words are helpful. I hope that no one leaves my presence feeling as if they've been torn down.

    I believe that if one has command of the language they speak, they can offer instruction and criticism kindly, without sarcasm or condescension. I like to imagine what our planet would be like if we all spoke only words that were helpful.

    I hope that Ms. Nournot encounters many kind people today. I hope that her harshness was due to a bad day, and is actually quite out of character for her. I especially hope that Ms. Nournot's students hear words of encouragement from her regularly, and leave her presence having been built up rather than torn down.

    My intention is that everyone I speak to today leaves my presence having been encouraged. There are a lot of sad and hurting people in the world, little ones as well as old and frail, and everything in between. Each of us has the power to do something about this.

    I'm actually somewhat thankful for the comments of Ms. Nournot. She has caused me to examine myself. I need to pray every day that the world is not a sadder place because of my words.

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  7. Thank you for taking the time to post this tutorial and pattern. You made my night! and remember......
    "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not loose heart."
    Galatians 6:9