Here’s another homemade effort for little Annabelle, the daughter of a good friend of mine. These bibs are reversible, meaning two for the effort of one and, if mum is run ragged, a little bit less washing. I tried a couple of designs, as you’ll see below.
Two types of fabric, one for each side of your bib (I used organic cotton and baby quilting material made with an organic soya blend.)
A popper or velcro
Felt or other material for the applique heart
Sewing machine or needle and thread
To start, measure and mark your fabric. To do this you will need to know the circumference of the baby’s neck. I made this before Annabelle was born so I used a circumference of 14″/36 cms (a baby’s neck is on average 12-14″).
Then mark the shape of the rest of the bib with tailors chalk on both pieces of fabric and cut this out. Make sure to snip the top of the bib where the two sides will join with a popper.
Next mark and cut your applique shape — I used a tattoo style heart and ribbon. Once you have cut these, pin them to one piece of your fabric, sew around the edge of your shape and sew your words if you are including them.
Place the two pieces of fabric together with the faces meeting and pin them together. Sew around the circumference of the neck, then turn the fabric right-side out and iron flat. This will create a smooth seam that won’t rub baby’s neck.
Next, sew your poppers or velcro onto each side the top of the bib where the two sides will join.
Then sew round the edge of the rest of the bib and trim using pinking shears to produce a fun edge and stop any fraying.
I also sewed a napkin style bib using a simple triangle shape (right) and folded the backing fabric over to create a contrasting top.