Here it is, a tutorial to make bibs using patchwork. I think it gives bibs that special something, it certainly makes your little ones stand out were every s/he goes.
I again had fun making this bib (there are other designs on an older post), using gorgeous Japanese fabric suprisingly bought at Spotlight.
I have not included a pattern because all you need to do is draw one from a bib that you already have. If you want the particular one I have used just leave a message and I will send one to you.
PATTERN NOW AVAILABLE.
Patchwork Bib Pattern
# Had a little trouble with sizing. You need to add 1/4 inch seam allowance around the bib.
Step 1. Cut out your chosen fabric into strips of different widths.
Step 2. Sew the lengths together until you have well over enough to fit your bib. You need that extra bit because when you start cutting and sewing you end up with a smaller sized fabric.
Step 3. The fun part. Start cutting out the sewn strips using a rotary cutter (much much easier than scissors). I have not long invested in the cutter and mat and I will never look back, magic. Now you can cut lengths of different widths , then cut squares and triangles from these. If you are not confident with cutting on the diagonal just stick with straight lengths and then when you come to putting the pattern onto the sewn up fabric just put it on an angle.
Step 4. Try and piece it back together to form a rectangle.
Step 5. Place the pattern on and cut out. Also cut out another piece of fabric for the back of the bib. I used teri-toweling.
Step 6. Sew the two pieces together, right sides together, 1/4 in seam. Here is where I added my stamp that I put onto ribbon.
Step 7. Turn inside out and stitch the opening closed. At this point you could quilt the two pieces together. Then put a snap (kindly donated by my good friend Amber who invested in the heavy duty snapper, well worth it) or velcro (I’ve heard that it is also referred to as magic tape, hehe). I prefer the snaps because I find that velcro always sticks to my clothes in the wash, annoying plus damaging.
I would absolutely love to see other peoples creations so please send a picky or link.
Hope you have as much fun creating as I did.