Babies and toddlers always need bibs to help keep them neat and tidy while they eat, drool and learn to drink. Baby bibs are a great place to try out new threads, new techniques and some of those illusive decorative stitches that come with your sewing machine.
Think practical when choosing bib fabrics—something dark to hide stains, something comfy against baby’s skin as a lining and of course, something durable to withstand repeated washings. Cotton denim works well as it’s rugged, easy to sew and comes in myriad colors, though blue is certainly traditional. For a lining, choose a soft terrycloth or Minkie-like plush. A simple hook-and-loop closure makes for a quick put on/take off process.
Use Coats Dual Duty XP All-Purpose thread for construction, but line up the threads for decorative stitching—from Coats Jeans/Topstitching to Coats Polyester Embroidery, Coats All-Purpose variegated and even Cotton Machine Quilting Thread. Include some rickrack and trims to combine into fun embellishments.
Here’s the easy to follow instructions for making the bibs—let your imagination be your guide for embellishing.
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Linda Griepentrog is a writer, editor and designer who lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband (a long arm quilter) and dog, Frank. She loves all things fabric! Linda also leads fabric shopping tours to Hong Kong. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.