Yesterday, when we posted the great fabrics from Repro Depot that we thought would inspire anyone to get sewing, we said that making a bib was "as basic as it gets."
Here's a basic bib pattern we threw together (with instructions) that should help you showcase the fabulous fabrics that you find.
Materials You'll Need
- 1/2 yard fabric (we use cotton broadcloth)
- Pattern Pieces & Instructions (Available from this PDF)
- 1/4" wide Double Fold Bias Tape
- 3/4" Velcro Dots
Download instructions and pattern pieces. Cut printed pattern pieces from paper. To form the full bib pattern, overlay bib top with bib bottom on dotted line and tape. You will now have two pieces: a bib pocket and a full bib.
Place the pattern pieces on your fabric which has been doubled up so wrong sides of the fabric are touching each other. Cut out the full bib piece. Then, cut out the bib pocket -- you only need one bib pocket piece.
Encase your bib pocket with the bias tape. To do this, open your bias tape and tuck the bib pocket edge under the tape until the top edge of the pocket meets the fold of the tape. Baste, then stitch the tape onto the bib pocket piece.
Place pocket on top of one of the bib pieces so that wrong side of pocket piece fabric is touching the right side of bib piece fabric. Pin pocket to bib piece.
Next, make a “sandwich” by placing the other bib piece on top of the bib/pocket. The right side of both bib piece fabrics should be touching each other.
Stitch perimeter of bib, leaving a slight hole open so that you’ll be able to turn bib inside out.
Once you have turned bib inside out, fold in the area you left open so that no raw seams are exposed. Then, handstitch the area closed.
Once again, stitch the perimeter of the bib to reinforce the bib.
Now, apply the Velcro to the bib. The “fuzzy” piece of Velcro should be applied to the bottom half of the bib, while the “scratchy” piece should be applied to the top underside.
Secure Velcro by sewing onto bib.