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.
It 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.
But 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?