Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Make a kid a bib!


Step One....Hijack your nearest nephew and place him on your nicest chair, next to your nicest window and allow him to be overwhelmed with delight that he is modeling a new fancy swanky (kinda girly) bib for his eccentric Aunty!!!



Ok...so the modeling session didn't go quite to plan but the BIB IS GOOD!!

This bib is inspired by my local lady folk, who landed here with dusty sewing machines, requesting something simple, easy and practical to get back into their creative adventures. Design was inspired by them. BEGINNERS take note this one's for you!!

Heres the pattern....well part of it...I forgot to indicate where you should leave a gap to turn the whole thing inside out....but we'll get to that!

I used chenille on one side and cotton on the other, you can also use curtain backing for waterproofing if you like...


(click on image to print)

Place the good sides together....



Now sew around it but leave a gap (hole) of 3 inches along the bottom...(where the 10 inches are marked on my pattern).........DO NOT FORGET!!


Snip the corners like so.......(why? because you want the bib to sit flat.)


Snip lots of little snips around the circle of the neck, like so.....



Now turn it inside out, push the corners out with a chop stick, (do not use a knitting needle because they are to pointy and will break your stitches) iron and stitch around the whole bib. This should close up the hole at the bottom.



It should look like this...



Now grab your ties. Fold them inside out and stitch along the edge......



Find your self a pin and hook it up like this....



Then dive the end in like this....


Turn inside out, press and stitch up one end.



Now tuck the open end under like so and pin it down...



You can see better here.....



Stitch them on using a square shape to make it nice and strong..........and your done!!!



This pattern is very close to my heart because it's FANTASTIC for children with disabilities. They need the extra shoulder protection and the pattern can be increased as they grow. Finn took YEARS to be able to eat and drink without spilling food all over himself and I wish I had a bib pattern to get him through those messy times.

Enjoy. Leonie xx


10 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

Oh yes..Mr Model does look somewhat underwhelmed with his assignment..but on the other hand the bib looks great!

Sarah said...

Thank you!

I was just thinking now the little man is bigger the bibs are not working so good... These will be perfect. WIll book mark!

Cute nephew BTW!

quiltjude said...

wonderful, thank you for sharing too :)

CurlyPops said...

That's the cutest photo!
I'm just wondering though, where do parents of children with disabilities source things like large sized bibs? It's not something you can just buy from the shops.

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Hey Popsy, They get them from a "special" shop and they are DISGUSTING and HIDEOUS and HUGELY EXPENSIVE!!

**Anne** said...

Fantastic tutorial Leonie. Thanks for sharing.
Anne xx

Baa-Me Kniits said...

LOL your nephew looks a lot like mine and seems as about co-operative! Love that red hair :-)

Great tutorial, wish my boys had had bibs like that they used to get food everywhere as well.....no idea how!

Maggie said...

great pattern, love the little neck hole. I've just given a bunch of bibs to the oppy because they didn't do up tight enough round the neck. I'd given up and have just been washing both kid and clothes afterwards, this might just be the solution.

Anna Bartlett said...

If you build it, they would come. Perhaps a bibathon is in order. If there's a need, maybe the blog team can help?

Becky said...

I made a heap of these a couple of years ago using an old towel for the terry backing. They work a treat!