A Guest Blog Post from Laura Houel
Dribble bibs are one of those Marmite baby garments… you either love them or hate them, and I must admit I wasn’t a massive fan until I discovered these bandana style bibs that look so cute and can dress up a pretty plain outfit easily.
I also really, really dislike doing the washing, and new baby means a LOT of washing, so anything to lessen the load, as it were, is what I want to be doing… and these genius little triangles of fabric have saved a lot of washing!
Convinced? Read on to make your own!
What you’ll need:
• Front Fabric (a fat quarter should make 2 bibs easily)
• Backing Fabric (Microfleece works best)
• Fabric Scissors
• Thread (Neutral works well with almost all patterned fabrics but white will look cleaner for top stitching if your backing fabric is white like I have used)
• Sewing machine
• Snap closures or Velcro
• Water erasable pen
Step 1 – Print & cut out PDF pattern Bandanna bib pattern – Winnie & Bob (1)
To make a bandana bib appropriate for size 0-6 months print out the pdf pattern (see link above) at 100% (so not ‘shrink to fit’ or ‘fit to page’ the pattern should print easily within normal margins on an A4 pice of paper). If you want to make the pattern bigger this is relatively straightforward just print out the pdf as it is and then extend the sides as far as you need. If you want to make multiple bibs you may find it useful to stick the pattern on to card (a cereal packet works perfectly) and cut out the shape to make the next step easier.
Step 2 – Trace out and cut fabric
Fold your front fabric and line the long edge of the pattern piece along the folded line. Using a water erasable pen (or dress maker’s chalk) draw around the edge of the pattern and cut out allowing a 1cm seam allowance. Repeat this step with your backing fabric (microfleece is recommended for this as it prevents dribble from soaking through the bib and keeps your babies clothes underneath nice and dry).
Step 3 – Line up your fabric & pin
Line up your two pieces of fabric, right sides together, and pin together. Mark an opening on one of the long sides, this is where you will turn the bib through once sewn.
Step 4 – Sew together & turn through
Sew around bib shape joining the two pieces together, ensuring you leave a gap big enough to turn through (I tend to leave a gap of around 6cm).
Trim off excess fabric at corners to ensure you get a sharp finish once turned through.
Turn through gap and use a pair of scissors or the end of a wooden spoon to carefully push out corners. Press the bib once turned through taking care to ensure there is a sharp crease at the opening ready to hand sew shut.
Step 5 – Close gap and top stich
Using a ladder stitch (or invisible stitch as it is sometimes known – google it for a whole host of you tube videos!) close the gap that you left for turning through. Press again to ensure a really crisp line then top stitch using your choice of thread. As I use white microfleece backing I normally use white thread. Then it’s back on the machine to top stitch leaving a narrow edge (I tend to use a medium length stitch, 3 on my machine, and using the machine foot as a guide get as close to the edge of the bib as your machine will allow).
Step 6 – Add closure
Mark out where you want to add your closure, if you are using plastic snaps (I use KAM snaps which wash really well and provide a secure yet safe closure) you may want to use a braddle or metal skewer to make a small hole in the fabric. I like to put two snaps on one edge to ensure a better fit but this is not necessary if you are happy with the fit with a single snap. If you do not have the tools to apply snaps then a Velcro patch also works really well. Just cut out desired amount and sew in place using your machine or hand stitch.
Put your new bib on baby and bask in the glory of your achievement
…and practice your best smug face ‘…Oh that, I made it myself…’
You can also download and print the whole tutorial at this link: Tutorial to make a Banadanna style dribble bib
…Or if that all sounds like far too much hard work head over to Winnie and Bob and buy one there. Enter code MAMAN10 to get 10% off anything in the shop on all orders placed before September 30th.
Laura lives in Alcester, Warwickshire with her husband Nick, daughter Charlotte and a very handsome labradoodle called Benson. Having studied Textile design at university she worked in the fashion industry for a number of years before taking on a role in marketing and communications and started Winnie and Bob when she left work to go on maternity leave almost 2 years ago and hasn’t looked back. She loves creating bespoke textile artworks, toys and clothing for children in her home studio and sells these in her her Etsy shop and at craft fairs in Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. You can also follow Laura on Facebook and Instagram.