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curlsmakethegirl
« on: August 07, 2009 04:05:13 PM »

So I've made a bib before... for a doll... So it was pretty tiny. But now a friend's friend is having a baby (due in September!) and I offered to make the new baby a few things as a gift. As long as I get pictures of the cutie in the stuff! Tongue That's not wrong for pay, right?
Anyways. I was wondering if anybody could give me an idea of how big to make the neck area of the bib? I'd like to do them with a snap closure, instead of ties.
Any sizes you could give me would do. Like, newborn? A few months? Toddler? Does it ever change? =P

And what types of absorbent material have you mamas found works best for messes? And I was thinking of making a little pocket on them, because I've heard that mom's find those easy to clean up? Any other information?
And would the same absorbent material you say works for bibs, be best for burp cloths too? And if I covered those in a cute print material, what would work best? Soft cotton? Flannel? Etc, etc.

My mom doesn't understand why I want to use cute material if she's just going to puke all over it but I don't care. This is what I would want if it were my baby! Something adorable to be thrown up on.

I don't have a baby yet (FARRRR future). So please excuse my lack of knowledge.

Thank you for helping! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009 06:17:23 AM »

I'm not sure I can help you with the size for the neck other than to say...purchase one in the size you are going to make and measure the neck...or borrow one from someone who has a baby.  Then of course, add your seam allowance. Smiley

I have made burp cloths before using flannel and birdseye prefolded diapers, as well as the ones that are not prefolded.  I add the cute material down the center of the diaper...these were a huge hit at the baby shower the last time I made these for someone!  You can also do a nice flannel receiving blanket to match the fabric you put down the center of the pre fold diaper.  Oh, something nice and absorbant is toweling...which you can buy by the yard at fabric stores, or you could use an old towel...and put this down the center of two pieces of flannel.   btw, I like flannel just cause it's so nice and soft for baby's skin to touch and it's absorbant.  Also, cute material is by far what anybody I know wants for their baby.  My mom is the practical type too!! Smiley  The pocket type bib I would recomend for an older child, beginning to eat finger food etc...it's not really useful for a baby on formula or breast milk.  Also, the pocket bibs are made of something really stiff so the pocket stays open.  Material would just be too floppy to hold the pocket open.  If I think of something to use for that i'll let you know.

Hope I was helpful  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009 06:47:13 PM »

Neck sizes and bib sizes do change as the baby grows.  Perhaps you can find someone with old yucky bibs they no longer want or need (due to abundance or too small) to use as a template?  (Yucky- some stains don't want to come out.)  You could carry a pencil and folded up paper to the store and trace out a pattern for making some also.  I just googled for a free bib pattern online, here is a link to one: http://www.poopockets.com/free/bibs/bibs.htm.  I agree with fitz that pockets should be for eaters, to catch the food and about materials.  Use what you like though.  Wink
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curlsmakethegirl
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009 09:48:02 PM »

Thank you both so much! That was all soo helpful! I've made a few bibs and burp cloths since then (luckily, I've still got a few days before school starts to finish everything else up). I'll be sure to post!
Thank you again <3!
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