I stopped by a friend’s house last week with some baby-warming goodies… some post-natal comfort food for her and her family, and some homemade bibs for her new boy, Cole. These bibs are a cinch to make and are actually the very first things I learned to sew… (the pattern is from Amy Karol’s book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing). The back of the bib is made with soft cotton flannel.
I wanted to use fabric suitable for a boy of course, but that didn’t look babyish. The owl fabric is one of my favorites. I got it from an upholstry fabric store (U-fab here in C’ville) and I’ve used it to make Grant a pair of overalls, a pillow for our living room, and a tote (you’ll see another version of the owl in the last picture). You can’t really see it here, but once I appliquéd the owl, I used gold thread and stitched all around the square- it really made it look cool.
These cute bugs have crazy bugged-out eyes! Love them! The fabric was a great clearance buy from Fabric.com. It’s by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit. I love his designs, and have used his garden bunnies for Ellery and my niece Avery’s Easter Dresses. His kooky alien-bird is on the appliqué below:
For the appliqué, I cut a rough shape with my desired image in the center. I then ironed on some lightweight interfacing to the back of the image. Then, I cut my shape out into a clean square (or oval) and placed it on the bib. I ironed it again and then pinned it in the center. Stitched around the border with a straight stitch, and then using my gold thread, zig-zagged all around it to add some bling.
So, if you’re like me and have lots of friends makin’ babies these days, give these a shot. They are quick and unique and stay nice through many washes- my kids have been wearing the same ones for a year and a half and they still look pretty darn cute (the bibs too!).