Things You'll Need
- Fingertip towel
- Tailor’s chalk
- 10 5/8 inches of ribbed knit fabric, 3 inches wide
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Children tug at their clothes, their shoes, their hair and of course their bibs. A baby or toddler with a good grasp can easily pull off a bib with snaps, or hook and loop fasteners. Instead of wrestling with your baby at mealtimes to keep his bib on, make a pullover bib that can’t be removed simply by tugging. Pullover bibs will keep your child’s clothes cleaner and mealtime more enjoyable for everyone.
Lay the towel right-side down on a cutting surface. Fold the top of the towel over one-third the length of the towel. Place a mark where the edge of the folded section hits the main section of the towel, with tailor’s chalk. Unfold the towel.
Draw a 5-inch diameter circle with a protractor on a piece of paper, and cut it out. Center the circle pattern on the marked fold line of the towel, and pin it to the towel. Cut the circle out, to open the neck hole.
Place the ends of the ribbed knit strip right-sides together and pin. Sew the ends together with a zigzag or overlock stitch, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Fold the resulting collar in half, so that the right sides are facing out and to hide the seam.
Find the top, bottom, left and right sides of the towel neck hole, and use pins to mark their locations. Fold the collar in half, and then in half again. Unfold and mark the fold lines with straight pins.
Lay the collar inside the neck hole, lining up the pins and raw edges, right-sides together. Stretch the collar as needed to fit along the edge of the neck hole, and pin place. Use a zigzag or overlock stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, to secure the collar to the bib.
Iron the seam allowance away from the neck hole on the back of the bib. Place over your little one’s head, and let your baby enjoy a meal and a clean shirt.
Stephanie Rieper is a professional writer and editor based in Texas. Since 2000, she has been contributing to publications such as "Services" magazine for the U.S. Department of Defense, textbooks for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and lessons for Sylvan Learning Center. Rieper holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Texas State University.