Whether baby is in the drooling stage or is beginning to eat baby food, parents often scramble to have enough bibs to handle the messes that babies can make. Instead of purchasing bibs that may not fit your needs precisely, consider making your own absorbent and inexpensive bibs out of standard washcloths. With a washcloth, double-fold bias tape and simple sewing supplies, you can quickly sew a bib for baby that will be soft and effective for keeping your little tot clean.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Pen
- Standard Washcloth (Any Color)
- Tape Measure
- Double-Fold Bias Tape (Matching Or Contrasting Color)
Look at the washcloth to determine which edge will be the bottom of the bib and which edge will be the neck edge of the bib. Fold the washcloth in half from side to side.
Measure along the fold 3 inches from the top neck edge and make a small mark at this point with the fabric pen. Measure out 2 inches from the fold along the neck edge and make a small mark at this point with the fabric pan.
Draw a curved line between these two marks to create the neck edge. Cut along the line and discard the corner you cut away.
Cut a 30-inch length of double-fold bias tape and fold it in half to find the center. Position the center of the bias tape at the fold of the washcloth at the cut-away neck edge. Pin the center point of the bias tape in place at the fold of the washcloth.
Open out the washcloth so it lays flat. Position the bias tape so the folds of the bias tape enclose the raw edge of the washcloth at the neck edge. Pin the bias tape in place along the curve of the neck edge.
Stitch the bias tape to the curved neck edge of the bib, making sure you catch both the top of the bias tape in the stitching on the front of the bib and the bottom of the bias tape in the stitching on the back of the bib.
Continue stitching both tails of the bias tape that extend out from the neck edges to sew the folds of the bias tape together. These bias-tape tails will become the ties of the bib. Stop stitching at the ends of the bias tape and trim your threads.
Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.