How To Make Baby Bibs: A DIY Guide
Why buy one when you can make one? This could probably be the dialogue of most modern moms these days, especially if you try to save money. Well, this material is going to help you on how to make baby bibs.
How Important Are Baby Bibs?
Well, baby bibs keep things a little less messy during feeding time. It helps catch bits and pieces of food that babies cannot chew; it enables you to wipe their faces and even catch a few drops of water or milk spills. Bibs keep clean up timeless frustrating, given that there are very easy to use, and you can throw them in the washer when you need them cleaned.
How to Make Baby Bibs
There are so many ways on how to make baby bibs. But before anything else, bear in mind that there are different types of bibs – traditional, bandana, newborn baby bibs, to name a few. But don't fret. There are multiple patterns and pattern sizes that you can download online to get you going with your DIY bib-project. So before starting the project, make sure that you have chosen a pattern and the type of fabrics that you are going to use.
What Would You Need?
For this project, you would need the following materials:
- Cotton Fabric
- Micro Fiber cloth/Terry Toweling or Flannel
- Thread and Bobbin Cotton
- Fabric Scissors
- Fabric Hole Punch
- 1x Snap Dome Closure
Notice the type of closure that is used in the project. Again, this is not mandatory, just like your varied options as to the design and the fabrics you can use to make baby bibs, you also have multiple options as far as the closure is concerned. You can use Velcro, other types of snaps, or even elastics.
What You Should Do?
Before diving into this part, make sure that you have already downloaded your pattern, and you already have cut it out to identify the amount of fabric that you are going to use. This step-by-step guide will help you make a bandana bib for your babies.
As you can see, there is no exact measurement above since it would depend on the pattern you would choose that fits your baby. Make sure to decide on both pattern and fabric before following the how to make baby bibs procedure below.
- Cut your fabric. Lay your fabric on your work surface, good side facing up. Match one short end to the other, folding your rectangle in half. The right sides are facing in. Line up your pattern piece on the fold of your fabric, as indicated. Pin and cut. And repeat the process with your backing fabric.
- Pin your fabrics together. Lay your backing fabric a good side up on your work surface, and on top of this, place your front piece of fabric good side down. Pin both fabrics together and make a small space along the top of the bib large enough to turn your bib the right way at once and so on.
- Sew your fabric. Sew around the outside edge of your bib using your sewing machine footer as your seam guide. Start at one of your pin marks and finish at the other back sign at each end.
- Turn your bib the right side out. Cut around the sewn corned to remove any excess fabric, and to use the open gap in the fabric, turn your bib the right side out.
- Topstitch. Fold in the seams and the gap that is still open. Iron if needed and pin in place. Again using your sewing machine for a seam guide, sew around the entire outside of your bib, closing the pent gap as you sew.
- Mark where to place the snap dome. Your bib shape now should complete. Bring the two sides to meet in the middle on the backside. The area where both ends meet is where you would place your snap dome. To measure the exact spot, use a ruler and measure two centimeters inwards from your top stitch line within the bib's corner.
- Insert the dome closure. Now, you may decide to use Velcro or any other preferred closure. Just make sure not to stray too far from the suggested two-centimeter measurement as it may affect the neck measurement that fit’s around the child’s neck. So using your hole punch, mark holes on the dots previously marked on each arm of the bib. Decide which side will overlap the other. This procedure has the right arm closing over the left and with your bib facing a good side up on the table, place the dome top – the smooth finished edge of the dome that can be seen on the outside of the bib once closed, place it in the hole you have just created. Turn the bib over and place the dome top within your hammering plate and place a corresponding backing piece. Now for the top of the dome, it would be the most rounded shape of the remaining pieces that go on the back. Hammer the two pieces together from the underside using your dome closing tool. So repeat the steps of for the remaining two pieces on the other edge of the bib. But, instead of starting from the top, you have to start now from the underside.
Making your bibs is a pretty simple yet special project. Whether you are custom-making it for your baby or planning to gift it to a friend, your special touch during the entire process makes it more special. This how-to make baby bibs procedure is also very detailed and easy to follow, so even if this is your first time doing it, you wouldn’t be overwhelmed by it. Honestly, this could even make a great business idea. Enjoy!
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