Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Toddler bib tutorial

Here's how to make a bib big enough and thick enough to handle the mess of a toddler eating spaghetti, yogurt, or any other mess-inducing food.  For a toddler, that is pretty much anything.

1 medium towel
knit material from an old t-shirt
your friend, the sewing machine

To make the pattern for the neck opening, cut a piece of paper or cardboard 6 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches and round the corners.

Trace your pattern on the towel approx. 3 inches from the top and cut it out.

Cut a section from your knit material or old t-shirt measuring 15 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches.  Make sure the stretch of the material goes the long way across your piece.

Fold the piece in half, right sides together, and sew using a 3/8 in. seam.

Iron the seam open, and then fold the piece in half (wrong sides together) so you have a circle and iron.  I loop the piece around the end of my mini ironing board.

Mark the half way mark (across from your seam) and both ends so you have 4 marks equally spaced apart.  Mark around the hole in your towel as well.

Match the marks and pin. 
The neck piece is smaller than the hole, so you will stretch it as you sew. Sew around the neck.

Next, iron the neck seam towards the towel (lazy seamstress method: forget the iron)

Oversew on the right side of your towel, approx 1/8 inch from the seam.  This is to make sure your seam stays laying down towards the towel and also prevents your towel from fraying.
Ta-da!  It's finished!  Now find a toddler and give it a try.
Yes, that's yogurt she's eating with her hands.


Julie said...

this is great! bibs never seem to be big enough!

vanessa said...

I have been wondering if there was an easy way to make these. Not sure if I am skilled enough to make the neckpiece, but I am sure going to give it a try! Thanks!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!

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