Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine Bib Tutorial

One of our goals for the new year is to sew something for ourselves (ahem...baby Lucy) at least once a month. The girl is constantly drooling and quite a messy eater so we go through lots of bibs! And of course we take lots of pictures of her eating because is there really anything cuter than a baby with food on her face? So we need lots of bibs and want them to be extra cute for all of the pictures. It only makes sense that we would try to make some!

We kept it pretty simple because the little girl still sometimes only naps for a half hour and it's a bit difficult to focus on anything complicated in that short time frame.  If you want to get fancy you could embroider the front or do an appliqué.  

Materials you'll need:
  • 12 x 12 fabric (front)
  • 12 x 12 fabric (back - we used chenille for ours)
  • 2 - 15 inch long ribbons
  • bib template - you can download ours here: Bib Pattern (let me know if this doesn't work - this is the first time I've used a pdf on the blog).
  • lightweight double sided interfacing (if appliquéing)
  • embroidery floss and needle (if embroidering)
  • disappearing ink marker (to draw your embroidery design)

Step one: to cut a heart shape out of your front fabric.  If you are using ours, just fold your fabric in half and cut out the heart shape. This would be the time to embroider or appliqué something on the front if you choose to do so.

Step two: pin your ribbons for the ties on the right side of your front fabric.  Stitch in place.

Step three: Lay your backing fabric (ours is chenille) right side up. Lay your front fabric right side down and pin the ribbons to the side so they don't get caught when your stitch around the perimeter of the heart. Pin in place and leave about a three inch opening for turning (where your pinned the ribbon ends).

Step four: Stitch around the perimeter using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Trim, turn (you can carefully pull the ribbons to help turn), press and then top stitch around the entire bib to close the opening.

Once you start, it's hard to stop, they are so quick to make and very forgiving if you have a lot of interruptions - such as a baby that will only take short naps!

And you can't see it in these pictures, but guess who got her first tooth?!


  1. Oh my goodness, baby Lucy is just so cute! Sweet tutortial too:)

  2. Ahhh, Baby Lucy is so sweet. Her photos put a huge smile on my face. ;o) BTW, I love the fabrics you selected for Lucy's bibs.


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