I do have a wonderful cookbook for babies - which has only one tiny flaw. They say bibs with sleeves are only necessary once the child starts to eat on his own. They do not now my child! Without bibs with sleeves I'd have to wash her clothes after every meal.
So I started to sew some bibs of my own.
I found a tutorial on a french-german blog, which seems to have been taken down in the meantime. I can't find it anymore. The author was quite enthusiastic about the speed it would take to sew one bib: 20 minutes max! I do need more time, but then I like to embellish my bibs and finish the top with bias tape, that might account for some of the added time.
I took some pictures along the way and digitalized the pattern.material needed:
1-2 old/cheap towels,
some cotton fabric (old shirts) for the sleeves - the material should not be to thick so the child can still move easily,
shower curtain (optional),
bias tape or celcro or snaps for closureinstructions
1. print pattern and cut your pieces
print pattern without scaling - the square should be 5cmx5cm/2 inx2in
The pattern is quite large - but I use it for my 9 month old, too.
If you are sewing for a very small child you might want to print at 95%.
Cut you pattern pieces:
1x front (terry cloth), optional 1x front from shower curtain
2x sleeves 2. serge all raw edges
embellish your front, serge/zig zag front and shower curtain layer together3. sew sleeves to front piece4. add elastic to sleeves
I find it easiest to zigzag the elastic to the sleeves at this point, before hemming and closing the sleeve.
The proper way would of course be to a) close the sleeve first, b) hem it, c) thread in elastic5. close the sleeves
turn bib right side up, turn upper part of sleeves down and sew bottom of sleeve close.
hem the sleeves6. finish upper part
of bib with bias tape
or add velcro/naps to close bib.
If you really want to you could add bias tape to all raw edges, I'd advise to start with the lower part of the sleeves and bib, and then add the bias tape on top.
I'll ask the mods to add the pattern
Please ask if any of the instructions are unclear - happy sewing!