Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Toddler Dish Towel Bibb

This bibb pattern is one that I came up with out of sheer necessity.  I don't know what other people do once their kids grow out of the baby size bibbs. Stores don't seem to have much (okay, they don't have anything that I can find) in the way of cloth toddler size bibbs.  My two-year-old needs something to cover her whole front and the more coverage the better. 

This is my first sewing tutorial so if you have any questions be sure to let me know!
To start off your going to need:

-Dish Towels (new or used) most towels are 16 inches across which is what my pattern fits.
-Velcro
-Binding - Extra Wide Double Fold Bias tape seems to work the best
-Fusible Fabric if you want to add an applique and make it all fancy.
-Print out the pattern here {for personal use only}

First your going to print out the pattern and cut it out.  Fold your towel in half hot-dog style (I learned that in Primary :-) that means long ways.
Cut your fabric along the pattern.
This next step is the trickiest in the whole thing so pay close attention.  Your going to cut a strip of velcro about two inches long.  Pin the hook side of the velcro to the top of the towel.  Pin the eye side of the velcro to the BACK side of the other tab. If you sew them both to the top it won't velcro together right. Your going to want to leave about a fourth of a inch space between the edge and the velcro, especially if you have the extra wide binding. Then sew the velcro on.
Next your going to pin the binding to the neck part of the bibb.  Then zig-zag stich it on.
Now your going to fold the end of the binding tape in about a fourth of an inch so you don't have a raw edge sticking out.
Then pin the binding along the top of the bibb.  Be sure to turn your edges under at the ends when you pin it.  It will give it a more finished look.  Once you sew this binding on your done if you want to be.  Or you can sew some ribbon, ric-rack, buttons or an applique onto the bibb to fancy it up.
Don't throw away that extra strip of towel from the top.  Square it up and cut it.  Fold the raw edge under a fourth of an inch and zig-zag it. Now you have a new cleaning rag AND a cute bibb. 



15 comments:

  1. I love your blog, I can't wait to see what else you have in store... I am now a follower

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  2. This is such a great idea! You can never have too many bibs, right?! And as they get bigger so do their messes!! Thanks for stopping by my blog ;}

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  3. Wonderful. I am needing some new bibs. You make it look easy. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  4. How cute! I wish I needed to make some bibs. Need to talk to my adult children...

    Hope you'll drop by AtticMag to see my home on tour this week,
    Allison

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  5. I love this idea. I have a little boy who I think likes to wear more food then eat! I will have to make some of these.

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  6. This is just great! Thanks for sharing, I'm sure there will be lots of these made thanks to you ... adding to my to do list!

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  7. love your idea! I'll make a few when my grandbaby is a bit older. (He'll be born in a few weeks)!

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  8. This is such a cute idea. I need to put bibs on my kids more often, they have ruined so many shirts. Thanks for the idea!

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  9. Great idea! My boys need as much surface area out of their bibs as possible!

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  10. This is fantastic!! I need to make some for my 2 year old! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!!

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  11. Very cute. I'm a grandmom to be, but I think I'll save this for the future. You could also use the extra fabric to make a pocket at the bottom to catch the crumbs! Thanks for this.

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  12. What a great idea. You are so clever!!!


    Thanks for linking this up. I love it!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  13. HI. I AM MIRIAM. MY ENGLISH IT IS NO VERY GOOD BUT I GO TO TRAY A QUESTION ABOUT THE PICTURE SHOWING DE WAY I HAVE TO PUT THE PATTERN ON TOWEL HALF HOT DOG FOLDED. IN THE PICTURE THE CENTER OF THE PATTER IS NOT IN THE FOLDED SIDE, DON´T HAVE TO BE THERE? JUST WHERE THE TOWEL FOLDS?. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MI QUESTION.

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