Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bandanna Bib Tutorial

Whoop whoop! Kids Clothes Week is in full swing and I'm back with another fast & easy tutorial. Today's project is this classic Bandanna Bib. All you need is a fat quarter of fabric or two and you'll be ready to make one for your own little goober.

Our own little baby boy model won't be arriving until January, so Charles the bear was kind enough to be our stand-in today. :) No special closures necessary, just tie it on your babe and then untie it when you're through. If you've got a drooler, these bibs are cuter than regular bibs and just as easy to switch out and throw in the wash when you're ready for a fresh one.

Get the full how-to below!...

  • 1 fat quarter (or 1/2 yard) of quilting cotton*
  • thread
*For a bib that is the same on both sides, use 1 fat quarter or 1/2 yard of fabric. For a bib with different designs on each side (like the one shown here), you'll need 2 fat quarters or 2 different 1/2 yard pieces of fabric.

Note: I tried this bib on our friends' baby who is 4 months old and it was a perfect fit with a little room to grow. I also tried it on another friends' 12 month old and it fit him great too. :)

Step 1: Cut 18" x 18" square
Cut your fabric into an 18" x 18" square.
If you're using 1 color/design for both sides, you'll only need 1 square.
If you're using 2 colors/designs, cut 1 18" x 18" square from each.

Step 2: Fold square(s)
Fold your square in half diagonally.

Step 3: Cut triangles
With your square folded in half, cut along the diagonal fold to create two triangles.
If you're using 2 different pieces of fabric, cut each square in half diagonally so you have 1 triangle from each fabric.

Step 4: Pin triangles
Place your triangles right sides together and pin.
Leave a 4" opening along the top (long) edge of the bandanna.

Step 5: Sew triangles
Starting at one of the pins marking the opening, sew around the bandanna using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Stop at the remaining pin marking the other end of the opening.
Snip off the corners of the bandanna to reduce bulk.

Step 6: Turn right side out & press
Turn the bandanna right side out and press, making sure to keep the seam allowance along the opening tucked neatly inside as you press.
Pin the opening shut.

Step 7: Edgestitch
Starting at one of the top corners, edgestitch (sew 1/8" from the edge) around the entire bandanna.

To use your bandanna, wrap it around your little one's neck and tie it in place.
Always be careful as you tie the bandanna on and take care not to tie it too tightly.

Here's Master P (12 months) rockin' the bib. It fit our skinny 4 month old friend well too. Hooray! :)

1 comment:

Kathy Haynie said...

I like the extra bulkiness under the chin for catching lots of baby drool. Very cute!