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Topic: baby bib from flannel and oddments - in less than 15 minutes  (Read 2143 times)
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« on: October 22, 2010 03:50:37 PM »

This is an instant gratification project - I have to share it because I'm so excited at having broken to 15 minute barrier. My first few bibs were marathons of pinning and repinning to keep the layers together for the binding, but not any more. Here's the super-speedy version:

The best thing about making bibs is that they use up a lot of scraps. The binding for this one was an old tie, the inner part was a very old flannel. The outer fabric pieces are only 10 by 14 inches - I used a fat quarter folded in half for this one, and an old shirt for the two below. I went for very busy patterns so the inevitable food stains wouldn't show too much.

This is the stage which will cut down on pinning issues later: before cutting the bib shape, sandwich the flannel between the two pieces of outer fabric (right sides facing out) and sew through all three layers in a criss-cross pattern, up and down and side to side across the whole rectangle. This picture shows how it should look at this stage...

Now cut the bib shape - you could cut around an existing bib, or go for a slightly more generous size - my template was 10 inches across, by 13.5 inches top to bottom.

The criss-cross stitching will hold everything in place, so now all you have to do is bind around the edges with bias tape and add a snap fastening. No pins! All done in a twinkling.

Hope someone finds this useful! More pictures on http://runcibledays.blogspot.com/2010/10/embracing-imperfection.html

« Last Edit: October 22, 2010 03:53:22 PM by runciblespoon » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2010 07:24:59 PM »

These are adorable, but the binding alone would take me at least an hour!  Grin

« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2010 11:36:58 PM »

NavyBlue - i know just where you're coming from! usually I lose the will to live with bias tape... but here I've cheated shamelessly and used a very wide zig zag stitch to attach it. It's much more forgiving than trying to do it by the book!

Thanks for your kind comment ( and I love 'and then she made me wear it' - so true!).
« Last Edit: October 22, 2010 11:39:14 PM by runciblespoon » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010 12:04:43 AM »

 Roll Eyes I have the tool for making my own bias tape, but have never used it. Is it difficult? I have no clue how to use it.
The bib method looks great, I'm going to try it tomorrow.  Grin
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010 12:17:09 PM »

hello Kellyer21 -

must confess, I have the gadget but haven't yet mastered it! For this one, because it doesn't need a huge length of tape, I went for the easy-but-high-maintenance option of pressing my bias strip in half lengthways, then pressing each side in half again lengthways. Tried the bias tool but burned my fingers! Might try again now, though, I'm sure it's meant to be quicker...

Have fun with your bib tomorrow!
« Last Edit: November 19, 2010 02:51:00 PM by runciblespoon » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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