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« on: January 24, 2009 05:36:51 PM »

it seems like everyone's having babies, so i've done A LOT of hand and machine embroidered bibs over the past year! my best friend's son is now 13months old, so he's long past the point where he needs drool bibs, now he needs full coverage, easy to clean FOOD bibs!

i've seen so many cute bibs made out of oil cloth, but it's pretty much impossible to find here. plus, it's not so much my best friend's style!

i'd been thinking about making vinyl bibs for a while, and i finally got around to it in time for christmas.

i digitized all of the designs using PE Design Lite software, and then machine embroidered them. PE Design Lite doesn't have a whole lot of font options (30 or so), so i created files in photoshop with the words, and then digitized them.

this image is from a wingding font, i think it was 80s themed. the design took FOREVER to stitch, well over half an hour, and it stretched the vinyl out quite a bit, even with the stabilizer, which was irritating.

when i gave this bib to them, my friend told her son ""you'll never know what this is, but i will!" it's true, i didn't even think of that!


it's backed with brightly striped flannelette. i LOVE this vinyl, it's the same stuff i used for the vinyl octopus last winter. it's got great depth to the colour, it's almost pearlescent.


this one was a wingding as well, though i forget which font it was. halloween maybe?

i wanted a gothier type design!


it's backed in a skull print flannelette that i bought at joanns on halloween for 70% off. they only had about a yard left, not enough for a bigger project.


this one is a sublime stitching pattern that's been digitized, it was one of the samples i posted when i first started playing with the software.



it's backed with the same skull flannelette.


glitter vinyl!

torbot is one of his nicknames!


this one is backed with a star patterned cotton, because i didn't have a flannelette that matched.


their family celebrates "gothmas" in addition to the christmas that the extended family celebrates (his mom hates the tackiness of christmas), so i HAD to make him a gothmas bib!

i'm really irritated that the "mas" isn't straight, but i wasn't going to restitch all the rest of it (or waste the metallic thread i'd already used!).

the holly is embroidered in metallic thread. i think the silver was coats and clark, and the red was gutermann. i stitched the leaves twice, because the silver thread broke and it was really obvious where i rethreaded it. going over it again covered that up and made the colour a lot more dense.

after i embroidered the writing, i went back and carefully stitched around each letter with the metallic thread to tie it in to the holly better. i think i'm crazy, it took forever!

it's backed with a black cotton that has silver holly printed on it. i didn't like how thin the cotton was on the backing of the glitter vinyl bib, so i added a layer of black flannelette between the vinyl and the cotton on this one.

honestly, i'm not that happy with this one. my friend LOVED it, and i love it in theory, but it was really rushed, and i'm not perfectly happy with the lining up, or the shade of grey thread i used (it was the closest shade i had on hand.) but at least THEY loved, that's what's important, right?


i also did a set of machine embroidered bibs for sweets4ever and her son camden as well, since camden's cousin was born within weeks of him. i'm much older than my cousins, and i was always sad about it, so i'm kind of jealous that he's got a friend for life out of the deal!



i didn't like any of the fonts that were with the PE Design Lite, so i wrote up the message in a photoshop file, using one of the thousands of fonts i have on my computer. i'm not really happy with the extra stitching on the left side of the Fs, but oh well, i'm learning new things every time!

these were embroidered on brown ultrasuede, and then backed with polka dot flanellette.

i hope you like them! comment AND criticisms are welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2009 07:38:25 PM »

These are super cute! Love the GOTHmas one. I would have thought it would be really hard to embroider on vinyl... I've never worked with it, but I hear horror stories!

Funny thing, I think I may know the person the first bibs are for Smiley If so, then the vampire fangs are very fitting since she was in the DC production of Dracula...
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2009 07:57:26 PM »

The one w/ the lips is fang-tastic!!! Cheesy Cheesy Really like the heart as well!

Love that glitter vinyl! Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2009 08:19:57 PM »

thanks, all 3 of you! Wink

embroidering on vinyl is actually way easier than sewing with it! when you're embroidering, the foot isn't actually touching the fabric, so it doesn't matter. fabric with nap is hard to embroider without proper stabilizer, but vinyl's easy cause it's so smooth. it does stretch a bit, and i need to experiment with more layers of stabilizer i think.

vinyl is tricky to sew with, but if you have the right tools, it's not bad at all. i've been working with it for years now, and i love it. i don't find it difficult at all.

i ADORE glitter vinyl, but i can't find it anywhere in canada. i stocked up on a visit with the portland mods, they have the most amazing fabric store down there.

shanna, at first i thought, DC? nope, she's in canada! and then i realized what DC really stood for, and yep, you're right, she was! that was right after torbot was born, he was backstage every night!  Grin how do you know her?
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2009 09:22:04 PM »

vinyl is tricky to sew with, but if you have the right tools, it's not bad at all. i've been working with it for years now, and i love it. i don't find it difficult at all.

i ADORE glitter vinyl, but i can't find it anywhere in canada. i stocked up on a visit with the portland mods, they have the most amazing fabric store down there.

We usually use a vintage rolling foot when sewing vinyl & never have a problem. Just finishing up a major project involving black snakeskin vinyl. Hope to get it posted soon! Wink Wink

Glitter is hard to find! We've seen it here in Toronto, but it gets pretty pricey. Too bad because it's so fab! We really want to cover a piece of furniture in it.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2009 11:54:47 PM »

Crafty_dame, I had a creative writing class with her in 2006. Haven't seen her around lately, but once in a while I run into her. Torbot is such a cutie!!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2009 12:09:25 AM »

destined_to_fail, i've tried a roller foot, but it left marks on some kinds of vinyl, so i pretty much stick to my teflon foot (best $10 EVER!). with the glitter vinyl i use a walking foot, because it's still a bit too "sticky" for the teflon foot.

you're lucky to be able to find glitter vinyl! i can't find any in vancouver, unfortunately. it's probably good though, given that fabric in canada can be double the price of it in the states, it'd be ridiculous even if i could find it! portland has the most amazing HUGE fabric store, so it's not exactly a hardship to go pick some up when i'm down there! i pay about $18-20 a yard, though i lucked out and went once when it 40% off (i bought A LOT that day).

i'd LOVE to cover a piece of furniture in it! i love the look of vintage chairs upholstered in glitter vinyl, but i have a set of chairs with awesome vinyl already. i almost wish they sucked so i'd have an excuse! Wink



shanna, that's so funny! even the internet is a small world! Grin i love torbot to pieces, he's such a darlin.


 
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2009 07:31:38 AM »

destined_to_fail, i've tried a roller foot, but it left marks on some kinds of vinyl, so i pretty much stick to my teflon foot (best $10 EVER!). with the glitter vinyl i use a walking foot, because it's still a bit too "sticky" for the teflon foot.

you're lucky to be able to find glitter vinyl! i can't find any in vancouver, unfortunately. it's probably good though, given that fabric in canada can be double the price of it in the states, it'd be ridiculous even if i could find it! portland has the most amazing HUGE fabric store, so it's not exactly a hardship to go pick some up when i'm down there! i pay about $18-20 a yard, though i lucked out and went once when it 40% off (i bought A LOT that day).

i'd LOVE to cover a piece of furniture in it! i love the look of vintage chairs upholstered in glitter vinyl, but i have a set of chairs with awesome vinyl already. i almost wish they sucked so i'd have an excuse! Wink

Luckily we have not had a problem with the roller foot leaving marks (yet). Lots of times we have just put vinyl through our regular sewing machine. We don't sew with it often enough to invest in a Teflon foot.

$18-20 a yard doesn't seem too bad! We both worked in a downtown fabric store a few years back & they would do special orders of glitter vinyl in the most amazing colours, but were charging $50-60 a yard!!! Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2009 10:16:07 AM »

Oh wow, I can't even pick a favorite! I love these so much more than storebought ones!
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2009 11:48:44 AM »

oh my! you have have HAVE to sell some of these on your etsy! i would love some cute bibs for my soon to be baby boy Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2009 11:49:31 AM »

i am so jealous of all the vinyl you can buy!
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2009 02:32:26 PM »

These are so amazing! I had never thought of using vinyl for bibs but it's genius! And I love how they turned out. My favorites are the fangs and the anatomical heart!
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2009 02:49:03 PM »

Love the heart!
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2009 03:19:50 PM »

thanks everyone! i'm so happy with how they turned out! the recipient LOVED them too!

twiz, i'm extremely lucky to have an independant family owned store right by my house that has a huge vinyl selection, including a lot of vintage dead stock! but most fabric stores have the basics at least, fabricland carries at least 8-10 colours usually.

Luckily we have not had a problem with the roller foot leaving marks (yet). Lots of times we have just put vinyl through our regular sewing machine. We don't sew with it often enough to invest in a Teflon foot.

$18-20 a yard doesn't seem too bad! We both worked in a downtown fabric store a few years back & they would do special orders of glitter vinyl in the most amazing colours, but were charging $50-60 a yard!!! Shocked Shocked

holy shit! wow! $20 a yard or a metre is my personal cutting off point (i'm cheap, what can i say? Grin), $50-$60 is ridiculous! i definitely wouldn't be using it to make bibs if i'd paid that much! i buy it from https://www.fabricdepot.com/ the glitter vinyl isn't on the website, because not everything is, but you can contact them and buy it online. their service is really good - they may be the previous owners of fabricland, but they're a million times better in service, quality and selection than fabricland is! there are a few other sites that sell it too, but they usually have a minimum of 2yards per colour, which isn't as handy.

the duller vinyls with definitely work with a regular foot, sometimes i'm lazy! i can't remember which vinyl had marks... i've also worked with clothing weight vinyl that was "wet look" for burlesque costumes, and it definitely needed the teflon foot!
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2009 07:20:33 PM »

you lucky girl! there isnt any fabric stores in my area. we have a quilting store that sells only quilting cotton. i traveled an hour to a fabricville, and they didnt have any vinyl..and they were doing a closing sale haha
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2009 01:26:59 AM »

oooh, sucky! i thought you'd at least have a fabricland! (is fabricville the same as fabricland? i noticed fabricville in quebec, and just assumed it was the french vresion!)


you can order vinyl online.... i don't, because i'm SUPER anal about how my vinyl is stored (MUST be rolled! i make them roll it after they cut it!) and i figure they'll have to bend it to ship it.
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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2009 01:33:50 AM »

They're all awesome C_D! I really love the heart and the Gothmas bib!
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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2009 01:35:32 AM »

thanks phizz!

i need to think of more bib designs now....
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« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2009 04:53:21 AM »

I bet these would be fast sellers in a high end baby boutique 
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2009 09:41:43 PM »

thanks craftyredhead! i've thought about selling them, maybe if the mods ever stop having babies i'll have time!  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2009 04:58:52 AM »

i remember making these for my kids but i used terry towel but yours are great so modern and the viny is definitely a plus for wipe clean!
did you double stabilize after the first one? the others havent stretched at all.
i love the heart design is it yours? or can you share the link?
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i must get inspired and make something on my embroidery machine its been a while!
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« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2009 02:10:18 PM »

thanks cyndiq!

i didn't double stabilize them, no. the first one posted wasn't actually the first one i stitched, and i didn't have any problems with the other designs. the cassette tape was just too many stitches in one place!

the heart design isn't mine, it's a sublime stitching embroidery pattern that i digitized, so i can't share it, unfortunately. i'm sorry!
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These are great! thanks!
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Dude. HOW did I just now notice these? Truly awesome. Reminds me of that glitter vinyl sample I picked up awhile back (*digs in desk* ... there it is). And kudos on the digitizing!
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Those are awesome! I love the heart. That baby will be totally hip. Wink
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2010 08:04:23 PM »

Yowza!  I love working with vinyl and this may be the inspiration I need to finally learn to use the embroidery features on my 5 year old Pfaff!  [hangs head in shame]

Do you find a difference in how stretch vinyl performs vs. the non-stretch kind?  What about different weights?
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Gah! These are just great! I never thought to look into wingdings for good things to digitize.
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« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2010 01:42:23 PM »

I liked these so much I made them the Craftster Pick of the Week over on MrXStitch.com!
http://www.mrxstitch.com/2010/02/07/craftster-pick-of-the-week-craftydames-vinyl-bibs/
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Oh man these are super cool!
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