One of the gorgeous ladies from my Mother’s group has just had a brand new baby girl! YAY! Sewing for babies was once my mainstay but these days the projects are few and far between. Needless to say, I love any excuse to do some bub related stitching.
I’ve got a couple of other possible projects to make for her, but first up I chose some bibs. I’m all for practicality when it comes to baby gifts.
First up I pulled a couple of nice coordinating fabrics -a blue feather print from Spotlight (purchased maybe last year?) and a pretty pink polka dot. I have my bib pattern cut and ready to go on some old scrapbooking card, which makes it easy for use over and over. (And as a bonus, how pretty is that paper?! Very Scandi.)
My bib making process is very basic, here is a quick baby bibs tutorial –
- Use the bib template and cut a square of the print fabric so the bib pattern will fit within.
- Cut the same sized square from a piece of soft polar fleece fabric.
- Trace the bib pattern onto the wrong side of the print (I use a frixion pen or washable marker)
- Put the polar fleece and cotton print right sides together and pin in a few spots.
- Sew around the outline you’ve marked with the pen. Leave a 5cm / 2″ gap for turning.
- Turn inside out and press.
- Topstitch around the edge of the bib, securing the turning gap.
- Add snaps or buttons.
A few years back I used to sell some handmade goods on Etsy and baby bibs were my biggest seller. I wanted to make sure they had a nice professional finish so I bought a Kam snap press kit like this one and it has been brilliant.
The pattern I use is kind of a franken-pattern that has evolved over the years, but you can easily find a lot of free printable bib patterns around the web. A quick google or pinterest search will pull something up for you. If you want something a bit bigger than the ones I’ve made, the Things For Boys mega bib free pattern is awesome.
What are your go-to baby gifts?