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« on: August 11, 2018 10:59:09 AM »

I made these bibs years ago when my daughter was a baby and now a friend is going to be a gramma so I went looking for it only to find that it was posted as a link to a tutorial elsewhere. That will never do. I'm going to put it here instead and hope that it will be useful to some of you.
These are my favourite style of bib, they pull on over the head just like a one-size-fits-most shirt, toss in the wash with the rest of the laundry, and best of all you can use some of your funky old shirts in a new and totally unexpected way.


Draft your pattern to look roughly like this. The measurements aren't really all that important, just make sure the part that covers the shoulder isn't too wide and that the bib is long enough in front. I made the neck hole 4" across and the neckband 11X3" but you can take the measurement from a pull over shirt that is the right size. Then take an old t-shirt and cut it out (cut 2)! You can make both sides the same or use different t-shirts if you'd like. My pattern piece is laid out on an angle in this photo but be sure to position it straight up and down to match the stretch of the fabric you're working with.


Serge or stitch the two sides of the bib together (right sides together) and cut out a piece of ribbing for the neckband. You can use tshirt fabric instead of ribbing or you can reuse the neckband of a shirt you're cutting up.


Fold the ribbing in half and serge or stitch the short ends together.


Fold the ribbing in half length-wise.


Turn bib right side out then mark or pin the neckband and neckhole of the bib in quarters to show you where to line them up together.


Pin the two together then stretch the neckband to fit the bib when stitching in place but don't over stretch it.


Stitch the serged or stitched edge down taking care to keep it flat and smooth.


Voila, bib! You may need to press it to get the edges flat but whatever you do, Don't edge stitch it like I did with my first one. The edge got all ripply and terrible looking and I had to pick out stitches for 45 mins. Le sigh, live and learn right?


I made lots of them!


And then, because I didn't think the side with the sewn down edge around the neckline looked as nice, I added some freezer paper stenciled words to a few.



Feel free to use the idea for your own purposes whatever they may be (selling them is fine by me, please link back to Craftster wherever possible). Mamas everywhere know there can never be enough food-catching devices to go around so feel free to spread the bib-love far and wide.

*** if you are not using a serger a narrow zigzag stitch should allow the stretch you'll need to make these wearable without snapping stitches Smiley.
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2018 11:26:50 AM »

Great tute - I am going to have to make some myself - there are a number of weddings this year and last so it's just a matter of time before those new trees bear fruit!  These would be good, along with some burp cloths!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018 03:34:21 PM »

CLM: She used the WHOLE TEE SHIRT! These are so clever! It would be particularly fun to use old snarky or concert tee shirts.

OK. As a non-mom-type, I have a serious question: How do you pull this back over their head with out dragging all the slop over their face and hair?

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018 03:41:51 PM »

Haha, it's usually already everywhere, in their hair, ears, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018 05:16:55 PM »

oh! so cute! I love them!
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018 06:18:09 PM »

I'm so glad you like it, I hope you make some.

My first initial is T, as in TEE shirt, hahaha.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2018 08:19:48 AM »

Haha, it's usually already everywhere, in their hair, ears, etc.

So the bib is to keep the shirt clean? Expedite the wipe-down process?
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2018 09:09:08 AM »

I think, in my experience, they were mostly useful for keeping food out of the diaper region, sort of catching it before it got too far. That and sopping up endless drool during teething, babies are like a steadily dripping tap for a few months, off and on. And barf, pick babe up after feeding, flip that bib over your shoulder and it's a throw up barrier for you, haha. It's easier to change a bib than an outfit on a squirmy infant, they are not really in love with all the fussy getting dressed action and they let you know it, LOUDLY! A quick over-the-head might get a squawk but it's over and done licketty split at least.
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2018 09:57:10 AM »

Ooh, these are awesome!  Thank you so much for the tutorial!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2018 12:03:47 PM »

At first glance I thought "what did she make to look like an avocado?!?" but then I realized they were the best bibs ever (tm)
definitely my favorite type of bib, and Mistress T, if you start from the back and pull over the head the mess is well contained, I never reused the same bib without washing it
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