Pretty baby bibs

There’s a baby on the way in my family.  Sssshhh, not everyone knows yet.  But I thought I’d get a head start and make some bibs.  Babies need lots of bibs, don’t they?

I don’t know whether this new arrival is a girl or a boy.  Its parents possibly do, but not me and I’m not going to ask, if they want to tell me they will.  But I have lots of flowery cottons and broderie anglaise so I thought I’d make some pretty, girly bibs to start with.  This is the design I came up with.

Baby bibThe inside – the side that will be against the wee one’s body – is made from sweatshirting, with the brushed side facing outwards.

Girl bib 2It will be nice and soft and also quite absorbent.  I’ve had this remnant of sweatshirting for years, ever since I bought enough to make a T-shirt and shorts for my dear husband to wear in the gym and then never got around to making the T-shirt.  (The fact that he was quite rude about the bagginess of the shorts probably didn’t help.  But who needs to look stylish in the gym?)

The flowery side is cut from fabric left over from a summer blouse I made for myself in the 1990s.  I sewed a pleat down the centre and slipped the broderie anglaise under each edge of it, then added buttons – sewn on very securely – to make it look like a buttoned opening down the front of a dress.  This baby is going to feel very grown up in her bib, except for the fact that she’ll be too small to know that little girls wear flowery dresses, of course.

ShirtingBut what if new baby is a boy not a girl?  Fortunately, I found some scraps left from a couple of striped business shirts I made for myself around about the same time as the flowery summer blouse.

Continuing with the same theme, I’m going to applique on a tie instead of the lace trim.

The bibs fasten with Velcro dots at the back.  I’ll make half a dozen of each type because they’re not going to stay clean for longer than 5 minutes.  Much nicer than plain shop-bought versions, don’t you think?

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About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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4 Responses to Pretty baby bibs

  1. Natalie says:

    I love this bib! Very cute! I’ve got bibs on my list to sew next, did you use a particular pattern for the shape?

    • I based the shape on a shop-bought bib belonging to a friend’s baby, but I’m refining the outline a little with each one I make. To give you an idea of size, my pattern (for half the bib, placed on the fold of fabric) fits on a sheet of A4 paper.

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