I have a little one year old nephew, Jacob, and, whilst I love to give him cuddles and kisses, he is going through that stage where kisses are very slobbery! On a recent visit I noticed, although he currently wears dribble bibs, they are made of thin material which is often soaked through to his clothes within 5 minutes!
So, I decided to make him a cute dribble bib that is super absorbant too…
This is also a really great project for using up small left over bits of fabric.
You will need:
- Dribble bib template – 16.5 inches (42cm) x 11.5 inches (29.5cm) x 11.5 inches triangle
- Nice fabric (here we’ve used Riley Blake’s Trains, from the Scoot range)
- Towelling Fabric (for the backing to soak up all that drool!)
- Small piece of Velcro (mine was about 1 inch/2.5cm)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine, pins and needles
Other things to mention:
- Please allow for 0.25 inch/0.5cm seam allowance.
Let’s get going…
1. Cut out your pieces.
- Lay your template on the wrong side of your fabric (take note of the direction of the pattern and how you want it to appear on your bib) and pin.
- Draw around the template with your chalk using dashed lines.
- Remove the pins and template and cut out your triangle.
- Repeat the above steps for your towelling.
2. Attach your Velcro.
- Separate the fuzzy side from the scratchy side of your Velcro.
- Measure approximately 1.5 inches (4cm) in from the top corner, along the top of the right side of your fabric and place one side of your piece of Velcro. Sew all around the square piece of velcro.
- Repeat the above step on the towelling with the other side – make sure your Velcro pieces are on opposite ends of the bib i.e. one on the left corner of fabric, and one on the right corner of the towelling.
3. Sew your fabric and towelling backing together.
- With the towelling facing up (the side with Velcro piece), place the fabric, right side down. With the fabric and the towelling together, double check that the Velcro pieces are at opposite corners of the bib.
- Starting at the top of your bib, using 0.25 inch/0.5cm seam allowance, sew all around your bib. Reverse stitch at the beginning (i.e. go back and forward a little) – this helps to keep the stitches in place.
Tip: When you get to the corners, leave your needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot, and spin the fabric until it’s in the right position to continue sewing – remember to put the presser foot down!
- When you get near to where you started sewing, stop and leave a gap about 1.5 inches/4cm wide – this is for turning your bib the right way round.
- Reverse stitch at the end.
- Snip the corners.
- Turn your bib the right way round through your gap and press (making sure to catch the open section of your gap also).
Tip: Gently use a pencil to poke the ends of the triangle out.
- Using a contrasting coloured thread and top stitch all the way around your bib a few milimetres from the edge. When you get to the corners you may need to help it along by manually, using the hand wheel of your sewing machine, to get around the thicker parts. Make sure to catch the opening of your gap to sew it shut.
Hey presto…no more drool (well, unfortunately not, but a drier, happier baby anyway!)
As I haven’t seen little Jacob yet, I’ve had to substitute my model…meet the hubby’s teddy Cedric…
As a lover of Ric Rac, I will find any occasion to use it so why not sew some around the right side of your fabric before sewing the fabric and backing together and you get lovely pretty look for a girly bib…
Here I’ve used Michael Miller’s Baby Bear fabric (proper cute!)
Cedric preferred the trains I think…