Easy to make bibs help to keep toddlers clean while they are learning to feed themselves. The bibs cover the toddler well during meals and then can be used to clean-up the area when they are finished eating.
These bibs are created from dish towels or hand towels (approximately 16” x 27”). Hint: check out the clearance sections of stores for inexpensive towels. The two bibs in the photo are made from dish towels I found on clearance at JoAnn's. T.J.Maxx and HomeGoods are also great resources, too.
The bib can be sized down for a baby by using fingertip towels instead of the dish or hand towels.
Ready to sew!
Supplies: 1 towel and 2” of rib knit fabric (sold by the yard).
Fold the towel in half, allowing the towel’s front hemline to be 6” longer than the towel’s back hemline.
Begin by measuring and marking the opening for the toddler’s head along the fold of the towel with a water-soluble marker. First mark the center of the towel. Next, mark 1 ½” down from the center mark and 3” out from either side of the center mark.
Draw half of an oval shape; begin tracing at the left side mark, trace down to the center mark, and then trace over to the right side mark. Soft curves are what you want to achieve.
Cut out the half oval shape, cutting the front and back layers of the towel at the same time.
Divide and mark the neckline opening into fourths.
Cut the rib knit fabric for the neckline, 2” x 14 ½”. Stitch the short ends of the rib knit together with a ¼” seam allowance. Finger-press the seam open.
Divide and mark the rib knit into fourths.
Fold the rib knit in-half, place the raw edges of the rib knit to the raw edges of the towel’s right-side. Match the markings on the rib knit to the markings on the towel. The rib knit will need to stretch to fit the markings on the towel.
Prepare to stitch the ribbing to the neckline of the towel. Set your machine for a wide zigzag stitch with a medium stitch length, a serger can be used for this step if you prefer. Place the bib under the presser foot, towel side facing down.
Begin stitching slowly, while gently pulling the rib knit to “fit” the opening of the neckline. Zigzag stitch through all three layers.
Clip the threads and you’re done!!