Welcome back to Team Timeless, an ongoing series of fun tutorials brought to you by some of our favorite designers! Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft returns this month with instructions for these adorable baby bibs that make perfect holiday or shower gifts. Featuring the super cute Camp Cricket collection by Bunnies by the Bay, we recommend making a whole bunch of them so you’ve got handmade gifts ready to go at a moment’s notice!
I love when a new fabric comes out for the kiddos because it makes me want to make all of the cute nursery stuff. This is a revamp of my favorite bib pattern that I make for craft shows and baby shower gifts. I added a color block front, that would usually combine two different solid fabrics to make a bold statement. In this case we are using two different fabrics from the Camp Cricket line, the newest release from Bunnies by the Bay for Timeless Treasures. This is a great novelty line that is also perfectly gender neutral!
- 2 fat quarters of coordinating prints from Camp Cricket
- Fusible fleece
- Coordinating thread
- Bib template
- Plastic Kam snaps or velcro
- General sewing tools: sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, straight pins, iron.
- Print bib template making sure to print at 100% size. Cut out the template and line up folded edge of pieces A + B. Tape along line to join pieces together. Trace shape on a heavier cardstock for tracing multiple bibs (optional).
- For color block bib front, cut a piece of fabric measuring 4.5” x 10” for the bottom of the bib, and a piece measuring 10” x 10”. Sew the two pieces together using a ¼” seam allowance, taking extra care if using a directional print fabric. For the backing of your bib, cut a piece of fabric measuring 10” x 14”.
- Fold your bib front and back fabric in half lengthwise. Place template fold along the fold of your fabric. Trace shape using fabric pen and cut out shape.
- Place your bib front on your fusible fleece rough side up. Trace and cut around the edges matching the bib.
- Iron bib front wrongside to fusible side of fleece.
- At your machine, stitch along each side of seam of the color block section on bib.
- Place fused bib front right sides together with backing.
- Pin around perimeter of bib with straight pins. At your machine, start sewing at one side. Back stitch at beginning to make opening of bib more stable when turning right side out. Stitch around the perimeter of the bib taking your time around the sharp curves at neckline. Stop stitching about 3” from starting point, back stitching to end.
- Slowly flip the bib right side out through the opening. Use a pointy object like a knitting needle or chopstick to help poke out corners.
- Iron the bib flat, carefully turning in opening.
- Top stitch around bib, starting at the opening. Sew close to the edge for a clean look.
- Attach Kam snap as instructed or cut a small square of velcro and sew at top of bib neckline.
Now pick your favorite Camp Cricket fabrics and make a few more! Happy stitching
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