Thursday, April 21, 2016

Inexpensive Baby Gift- Pocket Bib Pattern and Tutorial to Sew for an Infant or Toddler with a Bonus Pattern for a Matching Doll Bib! Easy to make!



Handmade gifts are a tradition in our family. My grandmother knitted, crocheted and sewed things for my mom, me and my kids, my mom sews and knits for me, my kids and now my grandkids. There’s something very special about using an item that was made with so much love, especially when it’s from your great-grandma or your grandma! For each baby I usually make a couple of flannel receiving blankets. I always use plaid flannel shirting, it looks the same on both sides and is so very soft. (Our family isn’t really into baby fabrics. We all like fabrics that can be used well into childhood.) I crochet a simple edge onto one of them. I also sew burp clothes and bibs. When my daughter became pregnant 4 years ago, I went into full grandma mode. I started sewing up a storm. I designed this pattern because I just couldn't find a bib pattern that I really liked. The other patterns made bibs that were either too small, too big, no pocket or didn’t provide enough coverage. so I designed my own. I took me 3 years and sewing dozens of bib to develop this pattern. Everyone who has used it calls it the perfect bib! This is a very easy pattern to make and feel free to adjust it to suit your baby or grand baby. This bib can be made without the pocket as well. There are some bibs that have different sizes. We’ve found that this size works from infant through ages 3-4. For an infant it gives total coverage which is good since they make the biggest messes. 

These make a wonderful inexpensive baby gift. The pattern is $2.99 and the fabric ends up being around $3.00 for each bib. At that price you can make a few and give a handmade gift that is unique and made with love. 

Pattern 
Print the bib pattern out. Make sure when printing not to click Fit to Page! You want it to print at 100% size to be correct. There will be 3 pages- A- Bib Top, B- bottom and C-pocket. The Doll bib pattern is on the last page. If you buy 3/4 of a yard of fabric you won’t need to print the C Pocket pattern page.
Cut the extra paper off of the bottom of the Top-A pattern piece and lining up the bottom line with the top line of piece B- Bottom. Tape the 2 parts together to make the full bib pattern.

Fabrics
Prewash and dry before cutting and sewing the bibs!
I like to use a cotton print for the front, a layer of white cotton
flannel for the lining and a layer of a colored or print flannel for the back. I like a flannel backing because it’s soft against their skin. You can easily use 2 cotton prints one on the front and one for the back. I add a layer of cotton flannel in-between my front and back fabrics. It adds some absorbency to the bib. You can skip that if you want but I highly recommend it! You can also use a waterproof layer in the middle if you want to. Do NOT use cotton gauze in the middle. Even after pre-washing the cotton gauze in hot water and drying in a hot dryer, it continues to shrink wash after wash and distorts and ruins the bib! 

Amount of Fabric
For 3 bibs with pockets buy:                                         For 3 bibs without pockets buy: 
3/4 of a yard of front fabric                                            1/2 of a yard of front fabric 
1/2 yard of lining flannel                                                1/2 yard of lining flannel
1/2 yard of backing fabric                                              1/2 yard of backing fabric

3/4 yard (27”) will make 3 bib fronts with pockets.
1/2 a yard will make 3 Bib fronts without pockets OR 3 Bib Liners OR 3 Bib Backs- You don’t cut pockets out of these just the Bibs.

If you want to use scraps here are the measurements of the full bib cut out.
The bib front with a pocket needs a piece of fabric 12” wide by 26 3/4” long
The bib front without a pocket, the bib back and the lining EACH need a piece of fabric 12” wide by 15 3/4 long.


Using coupons at Joann’s or looking for sales I usually can make 3 bibs for $3.00 each. Less if there’s a great sale! 

Notions  
  • Thread to match fabric for inside sewing and topstitching.
  • Pins to pin the layers together before sewing. (If I am using flannel for the lining and the backing, I don't pin! The fabrics "stick together" enough to not need pins. 
  • A chopstick or knitting needle to use to smooth seams when turning bib right side out.
  • An Iron- to press bib flat before top stitching.
The pattern includes step by step photo illustrated instructions that are very detailed with tips on things I do to make it easier. I also included 2 different sized doll bib patterns so your child and their favorite doll can match. 















It is an easy sewing project that makes a great gift! 


There are 2 of each bib in this photo below. That why it looks like there is solid fabric under the turned down corner! 
     

           




1 comment:

Jade Graham said...

It's a rubber bracelet with numbers on it so you can keep track of not only what side you used last, personalised towels for kids