My great-niece recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Edward, so writing a blog featuring a hand sewn baby item was perfect timing for me.
I found a wonderful free reversible bib pattern and tutorial by Amy Beckman at Simply Small Wonders. the pattern comes in three sizes, 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 2-3 years. It’s a fab little pattern, although I did adapt it slightly as I had a few things I wanted to try out.
I had bought a starter pack of EVA plastic BPA free sew-on baby teethers from Tactile Treasures and I was really keen to try them out. Tactile Treasure are a family run business that sell an amazing range of high quality toy making components which give an extra dimension of uniqueness to you handmade gifts. If you haven’t heard of them, please do pop over to their website and take a look.
I mostly followed the instructions on the bib tutorial but instead of leaving the side of the bib open to turn through, I left the point open as I knew it would be covered by the teether, which sits on the outside of the bib.
The tutorial doesn’t advise that you clip the curves, so I did that to make sure that the bib lies nice and flat when turned through.
I had thought that attaching the teether itself would be easy but it was actually the most problematic part of the construction of the bibs. Just having two layers of quilting weight cotton didn’t fill the teether which meant that the zipper foot of my machine kept slipping off of the plastic as I was trying to secure it to the bib. It’s obviously very important that the teether can’t be pulled off of the bib so if you do try this idea, please make sure that the teether is very securely sewn on.
This project also gave me the opportunity to try out my new plastic snap fasteners kit. I had been given a set for Christmas, but hadn’t had an opportunity to give them a try.
I added an additional snap to the pattern recommendation to make sure that the bib would fit for longer.
There was a challenge through April and May for the UKQU bloggers to make something from 2x FQs. I managed to squeeze three bibs and a taggie out of mine!
I hope you try this pattern if you have a baby to make for, it’s super quick and easy but makes a lovely gift.