The making of a bib

I like this bib pattern from Chickpea Sewing Studio a lot. It just fits right. I’ve made a few as gifts, and when Dollarama recalled their vinyl-backed bibs earlier this year, I tossed all of Gigantor’s vinyl-backed bibs that had been made in China and made a huge batch of these instead using old towels.

However, since I didn’t design this pattern, I can’t sell the bibs I made from it. So I had to design my own. I drafted the pattern by hand, took a photo of it, and then redrew it in Illustrator in order to ensure smooth lines and symmetry. Before I started sewing, however, I realized that it would probably be a good idea to make a muslin (which is a term and concept I just recently learned) first.

I have lots of this camo fabric. It’s thin and subtly textured and not good for much. I didn’t actually sew the bib, just cut out what shape it would be when completed. I put it around Gigantor’s neck, trimmed it to what shape it should be (although obviously not while it was around my son’s neck), laid it against my initial pattern, took this photo and redrew it again in Illustrator.


I was pretty confident that it would work now, so I went for it. This fabric is Funny Fruit by bora, one of my favourite fabric designers on Spoonflower. She has such lovely retro-style kids’ designs, and a great eye for colour.


The backing is the last of an old towel from my parents’ house that I had made all of Gigantor’s previous bibs from. Terrycloth is pretty awesome for bibs. They get soaked fast when baby is first trying to figure out how to eat liquid cereal from a spoon, but otherwise great for catching food and milk spills and drool.


If you’ve never made a bib before, they’re pretty straightforward. Sew with right sides together, leaving a gap for turning, trim excess with pinking shears…


…turn inside out, stitch around the edges, thus closing the gap, and add snaps or Velcro. I prefer snaps. Or rather, I hate attaching snaps less than I hate sewing Velcro. (Snaps also don’t come undone and stick to your baby washcloths and yoga pants in the washing machine.)


Gigantor approves.


And so far I’ve made seven for my friend’s shop. Shown on top: another fabric favourite: Day of the Dead skulls from Spoonflower and half of an underused green handtowel my sister handed down to me years ago.


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