Oscar is almost ready to start eating food, so now I'm thinking about bibs. This tutorial uses the same template as my other bibs, but the fabric is vinyl coated for easy clean up. Just wipe it down!
1 fat quarter of fabric (you won't use the whole thing)
about 18 inches of clear iron-on vinyl (I used Therm O Web brand)
1 package of coordinating piping (optional)
1 inch of velcro
1. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse your vinyl to your fabric.
2. Save the template to your computer before printing as a full-page image. (Printing from your browser will re-size the image)
3. Use the template to cut your laminated fabric. Cut two.
4. Pin the piping to the outer edge of the one side of the bib, if you choose to use piping. The raw edges of the piping and your laminated fabric should be lined up. I only use piping on the outer edge, but you may want it to go around the neck opening as well.
5. Sew the piping to the bib (just one side at this point), following the stitch line on the piping as close as possible. Use a thread that will contrast well with the back of your fabric (you want to be able to see your seam).
6. Lay the other cut fabric on top of the piece with the piping, with right sides facing together. Pin the two pieces together with the sewn side facing up. Sew around all sides of the bib, leaving a 2-3 inch opening at the bottom to turn.
Don't forget to leave your opening!
7. Trim the edges using pinking shears.
8. Turn the bib right side out. It is kind of a beast to turn because the vinyl makes the fabric stiffer, but that's where the piping becomes helpful. It gives you something to grab as you turn the straps through.
9. Attach the velcro closure to the straps. Hand sew the opening closed.
You're done! Proudly display on any baby.
Want a no-sew version?
1) laminate your fabric
2) cut one piece from the template using pinking shears
3) attach sticky-back or iron-on velcro tape to the straps