Baby Essentials (or Not): Simple Bibs

Years ago, even before our first baby was born, I found the free bib sewing patterns here, intending to begin some sewing projects. However, in they busyness of life at that time, I never got around to sewing anything!

This time around, I knew how helpful bibs are with little ones. Even now, before Enoch is eating solid foods, it is nice to have a drool bib on him as he coos away in my baby carrier. Later on, they’re obviously great to have on hand as they begin experimenting with food. (I remember being thankful for a bib the day we introduced blackberries to Gen!) :)

I recently decided to pull the patterns out, to create a gift for a friend’s little boy who was born around the same time as our son. I used the Bib B pattern, with a few changes of my own.

Instead of edging the bib with a trim/bias tape, I just cut around the pattern, giving it an additional bit of fabric as a seam allowance, and turned and stitched it. Quick & easy! I used a snap-setter to apply a snap, since I love “snap-close” bibs. (They’re less likely to get pulled off, stuck to laundry in the wash, etc. than velcro closure bibs.)

In order to make the bib fairly “waterproof” (without using an expensive waterproof fabric), I used what I had on hand. I used a combination of a dark blue fleece and a blue print flannel fabric. (You may recognize these fabrics from some wipes I sewed earlier.)

The back of the bib and the pocket are made with the fleece, while the front of the bib is flannel. (Fleece is “hydrophobic,” so it helps prevent spills from soaking through.) I edged the fleece pocket with a zig-zag stitch first, to help it stand out from the bib a bit, in order to catch spills easier.

This was definitely a simple and fun project to sew, and I’m looking forward to making some more!

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4 comments to Baby Essentials (or Not): Simple Bibs

  • Emily

    I recently discovered that I am pregnant! I've been admiring all your baby essentials posts, and now I can try some of them out! I can't wait to get started sewing and crafting for our wee baby.


  • Erika

    Thanks so much for the bib, I was so surprised and pleased with it! I love that it's hand made and it's so soft! Just adorable. I'm planning to send a note, sorry I'm so late in reply!


  • Michele @ Frugal Granola

    Congratulations, Emily! :) Let me know if you have any questions on the projects.

    Erika- I'm totally not concerned about a thank you note! :) I know what it's like to be in this busy season (I still have cards to mail out, too!). :) I'm glad you like it!



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