boutique style bib tutorial

February 1, 2011



I have been making these chenille backed bibs as gifts for friends and more recently as part of the baby gift sets that I sell in my shop.  They make a really great gift for a new baby, I mean you can never have too many bibs, right?!  They are comfy and cute and easy to make.

Supplies:

  • square of fabric 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" for top of bib
  • square of fabric 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" for bottom of bib
  • square of chenille 16" x 11 1/2" for bib backing
  • lightweight fusible interfacing
  • thread
  • ribbon, ric rac, or trim of your choice (optional)
  • rotary cutter/mat/ruler
  • 2" piece of 1/2" velcro
  • pattern for the bib top           
  • pattern for the bib bottom
Tape your two pattern pieces together making sure that the line that joins the two pieces is visible.  Please excuse my crappy hand drawn pattern, this is the first time I have done something like this on the computer!  :)

The first thing we are going to do is join the two squares of fabric.  Place your smaller square with one long side centered on a long side of your larger square with right sides together.  
Sew this seam with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press the seam allowances open.  You will end up with this.


Take your fusible interfacing and trim it to fit just inside this wonky rectangle you just made.  Fuse according to the directions.  I find that I get a lot less puckering if I DO NOT use steam.  

Flip your rectangle over and line up the seam on your fabric with the line on your pattern piece.  This is so that the seam doesn't end up all wonky on your finished bib.  


Carefully cut around your pattern piece.  You are going to cut the same piece out of your chenille.  You will end up with two identically shaped pieces.  I flip my chenille over so that the soft, fluffy side is down.  I think it is easier to get an accurate cut this way.  It also assures that your two bib pieces will match up perfectly.


Now you are going to add your ribbon or other trim.  Center the ribbon along your seam, use lots of pins to insure that it doesn't slip when you are sewing it down.  Sew along both sides of the ribbon (or down the center if you are using ric rac).  If you choose not to put something over the seam, I would recommend topstitching on either side of the seam to help stabilize it and to make it a little more attractive.
At this point,  we are going to add the velco and a label, if you have one.  Pin 1 side of the velcro to the right hand tab of the fabric bib piece and the other side of the velcro to the right hand tab of the chenille bib piece.  I position the velcro in the center of the tab about 1"from the curved edge.  


Now put the two bib pieces right sides together being careful to match up both tabs and, of course the rest of the bib.  Use lots of pins to keep the layers together and help to keep them from shifting.  The chenille can creep a little so I tend to pin closer than I would normally.  Make sure that you clearly mark a space at the bottom of the bib to leave open so that you can turn it right side out after it is sewn together.  The second picture shows my pen marks.  I leave an opening that is about 2 1/2" to 3".  



Starting at one of your markings, sew around the perimeter of your bib with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end.  Go slowly, especially around the tabs and the neck opening.  

Carefully turn your bib right side out and use a chop stick or turning tool to gently poke out those tabs.  Iron everything nice and flat with a steam iron.  Neatly turn under the edges of the gap that you left open for turning and iron them so that you can get it ready to close when you topstitch in the next step.  ***Remember to be careful ironing around velcro as it can melt!***

Pin your opening closed.

Topstitch all the way around your bib with an 1/8"-1/4" seam allowance.  Make sure you have thread in your bobbin that matches your chenille.  I always find it helpful to lengthen my stitch slightly when topstitching multiple layers or thick fabrics, like chenille.  It puts less stress on your machine and leads to a more even stitch length for the topstitch which is always more attractive!

Voila!  Now go find a cute, chubby little neck to put your bib on!!! :)



Other suggestions for materials and embellishments:

for the backing - 
  • terry cloth
  • minky
  • vintage chenille blankets
for embellishments -
  • appliques
  • ribbon
  • pom pom tim
  • lace
If you make any bibs using this tutorial, I would LOVE to see them!!!  Enjoy!  :)


***please note that this tutorial is for personal use only, thank you!***














84 comments:

  1. so cute! great job! i'll have to keep this in mind for any future baby shower gifts :)

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  2. Cute! This will have to be my new way to make bibs!

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  3. Amy! So cute, not "wonky" Lol (that is now my new favorite word!). I have some shower gifts to make too and your fabric is simply the best! I think I need to place an order :-)
    ~Tammy

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  4. OH I love this fabric. I need to make Landyn one. I need to get a sewing machine first.

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  5. Love this! So cute! Does this mean your little one is sleeping better and giving you sewing time? ;-)

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  6. I really like the way you sewed the two fabrics together and then cut the pattern out---what a great way to do it!!

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  7. Thank you for the tutorial and pattern Amy! I need a baby gift and this would be perfect. The bib that you made for the tutorial is darling! You really are great at pairing fabrics.

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  8. These are sweet and I love your fabric combinations!

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  9. Cute! I love the fabric you used, and you can never have too many bibs right?!? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. So Cute, would love to make this for my sister's new baby...but the pattern won't load...is it just me ?

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  11. love this! your fabric combinations are perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. Adorable but I can't get the pattern to download. :(

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  13. Same here, I couldn't download the pattern either but I tried again to today and now it works. Thank you so much for the pattern. My granddaughter will be visiting me soon and I am sure I will make a few of them! Greetings from Germany

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  14. This is a great tutorial! I have made bibs before but never "pieced" like this. So adorable - thanks for sharing!

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  15. LOVE this tutorial!!! I can't wait to make a few of these!

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  16. I can't remember where I saw a link to this, but I love the tutorial. I am a total beginner and it was great! I just finished one, I have a ton of friends and neighbors having babies soon! Thanks.

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  17. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!! I love it! I will try to do it !

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  18. Found you on Gingercake. I love this bib! I think it is probably the cutest I have seen in a while. Thanks for the generous tutorial!

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  19. Oh, I love this tutorial!!! thank you Amy

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  20. This bib is adorable!!! My daughter is expecting this fall and I can't wait to make this for the baby!! Thanks for the tutorial. I just became a follower too!

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  21. Love that color combination! I'm featuring these in my Friday Favorites this week!

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  22. Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for and I'm so glad I read your tutorial first because I wouldn't have put it together this smartly. Thank You! I already have a future chubby neck for these so I'm off to make so adorable bibs.

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  23. LOVE this tutorial!!! I can't wait to make a few of these!
    Thanks for post..
    Bibs

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  24. Great job here. I really enjoyed what you had to say. Keep going because you definitely bring a new voice to this subject. Not many people would say what you’ve said and still make it interesting. Well, at least I’m interested. Cant wait to see more of this from you.

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  25. I am currently making 6 of these bibs. I just turned them all inside out and still need to put on the velcro closures.

    I bought six fat quarters for 97 cents. Each fat quarter easily fits 2 top sections and two bottom sections. So, I could have made 12 bib fronts from the fat quarters. For the backing, I bought a towel for $2.97 at Walmart. The towel fit exactly 6 bib backs. The thread cost $2.09. I am getting a ton of bibs for very little money spent.

    Thank you for the pattern. My friend stopped by when I was sewing and loves your pattern too. Now she wants to make some. We both have several baby showers coming up.

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  26. I would like to download your patterns, but I can't get the links to work? :0( I would love to try this, they are adorable and I would love to make some as gifts! Thanks!

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  27. Cute pattern! I downloaded it because I have a new niece coming in March and would love to make one of these cute things for her. Of course, I still need to get my sewing machine out of the box because I am scared to get started, but I have to start somewhere!

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  28. I have made 3 of these so far! They are great, but I have one question about them...I have yet to send them to my aunt and friend who are expecting babies soon and I have had multiple people tell me the neck hole might be too small to fit the babies necks. Has anyone had trouble with this? I followed the pattern to a T, but am now worried I will be sending them something that will not fit! Any feedback would be great :)

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  29. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pattern!!! I never had a problem with them fitting my girls. They wore them until they were over a year with no problems. Just make sure when you print the pattern that it prints at 100%. Good luck!!!!

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  30. Thank you for your response! I actually tried in on an 11 month old last night and it fit perfectly. I received MANY compliments!!! Thanks so much again!

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  31. What does everybody think about PUL fabric for the backing?

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    1. Has any one tried PUL for the top?

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  32. Hi! Thanks so much for this pattern! I have made 7 bibs so far and have another 6 cut out & ready to assemble. I used funky-printed flannel fabric and they turned out beautiful! Would love to attach a photo to show you but don't know how... :S I uploaded one to my blog, though, if you can access it. They will make great baby shower gifts. Thank you!!!!

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  33. Hi Amy - thanks so much for your tutorial and pattern. I am in the process of making as many of these bibs as I can for cleft palate babies in China. They are going to bright and colorful and hopefully bring them joy and sensory stimulation! I have a sweetie from China (not cleft palate, but seriously sensory deprived) and I am hoping to make a little difference for some sweethearts still in China. Thanks for showing me how to make the bibs! They are turning out so cute!

    Lynne Bunn

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  34. oops - sorry - email address is: lynnebunn@bellsouth.net

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  35. Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! I posted your tutorial on my blog with a link back to your blog, hope it’s ok http://makeitandwearit.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/bib-for-your-baby.html
    Please write me if there is a problem makeandwear@gmail.com.

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  36. Can't wait to make it! -Eric

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  37. I'm new to sewing and these are perfect for my beginning skills. Just gave two as a present for a baby due any day, and they were well-received. I, too, was a little worried about the neck opening, but have been told they should be fine. Thanks so much for the hip, cute pattern!

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  38. Hi
    Am anxious to try this pattern . However after printing out the two pieces the lines dont match up--bottom is bigger. What do I do?

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  39. email is--ghillegass@roadrunner.com

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  40. What a great bib idea! But you're right the website says that the pattern pdf has been deleted.

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  41. This is a great and seemingly easy pattern. THANK YOU!!!! There has been a run on babies in my world and this will make great little gifts to possibly go with a matching blanket....oh the possiblities! Thanks again.

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  42. I downloaded your pattern and also noticed the bottom is larger than the top; the lines don't match up. suzannmccoy@gmail.com Thanks. love your fabric choices!

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  43. I just love the bib! It is such a cute pattern, and I can't wait to make it. I am a beginner sewer, so this will make a great project. The fabrics are also beautiful! I downloaded your pattern and noticed the bottom is larger than the top; the lines don't match up. What do I do since I am new to sewing? Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful bib! My email is bobbie51@comcast.net. Thank you so much.
    Bobbie

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  44. Hi,

    Love the bib tutorial and would love to make for my grandaughter. I can't find where I click to print the pattern. Only have the tutorial. Can you help?

    Thanks,
    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda!!! Please email me again with your email address and I will be happy to email you the files! amyedunn (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. Love the pattern adn the style:) Would this bib fit baby age 8-9 months?

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    1. Thanks so very much! It would be perfect for an 8 or 9 month old!!! I used mine from the time my girls were eating until they no longer needed a bib. This was my favorite size. ��

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  46. I would love to make some of these for my two little ones but I can't seem to locate the pattern. Is it still on this page? (Now that i've asked it will be right in front of me i'm sure) ;)

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  47. I haven't used the pattern yet, but I am going to attempt to make a reversible UT/A&M for my niece. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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  48. tsmcconnell@gmail.com
    I can print the pattern but it is huge! Please help me!

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  49. Need pattern for the Boutique Style Bib. Email is as follows: anniegranny63@yahoo.com
    Thank you.

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  50. Would you please e-mail me the pattern?
    kbarbour@swbell.net
    Thank you so much !

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  51. I love your bib pattern, but the top and bottom do not seem to match up.......could you email the pattern to me? I love the colors you used...very easy to understand!! Rita, daire@tds.net

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  52. First grandchild due in April, would love to make some of these. Would you please send the pattern to barryakl@yahoo.com

    Thank you,
    Soon to be Mimi

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  53. Hi,
    What a cute bib. I cant find it on line so if you would be so kind as to send the pattern to me - I'm all ready to go. I have some lovely fabrics and some chenille so as soon as I get the pattern, my gorgeous little grand-baby will be showered in beatiful bib's. None as beautiful as she is though. chick-a-biddy@hotmail.com

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  54. Very generous of you to share your beautiful bibs' pattern. They look great. Could you please e-mail me the pattern as well? Thank you in advance.
    contactmrslucky@gmail.com

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  55. I love this pattern. I am looking for ideas for baby shower gifts. I think these with some matching burp cloths will be perfect. Can you please email me the pattern? Thank you. connie_sloey@yahoo.com

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  56. I need the pattern too! Soooo cute! My daughter is having twins so I need to get busy! I appreciate the pattern if you could send it. Thanks! Droseball@gmail.com

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  57. Oh nevermind! I got the links to work. Thanks!

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  58. Can you email the pattern for the Boutique Style Bib.I cann't get the link to work.My email address is h.junior@insightbb.com

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  59. Love the Boutique style bib, but the pattern did not print with the rest of the instructions. Please Email the pattern to me. I need all the help I can get. Many Thanks my nieces will love them as will their Mom's. My e Mail address is neviegreer@yahoo.com Many Thanks.

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  60. Great work done... Nice and structured tutorial..
    Thank you for sharing it with us..

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  61. Thank you for the PATTERN! Extremely helpful. I always see cute tutorials I'd love to try then spend a few days searching for a pattern that is similar.

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  62. I love this sweet bib! I also had the top and bottom pattern piece not line up. Would you please send me the pattern to wildflowersoup@comcast.net Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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  63. I have just started learning how to sew. This looks like an easy project to practice with. Thank you so much for posting this!

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  64. I love this pattern and tutorial...but I have one suggestion:

    You should include your blog title and info on the pattern! You made it, you deserve the recognition for it! Plus I love that when I pull a pattern for use, that I can have access to the original tutorial when I havent used the pattern for a little while!

    Thanks again for an awesome pattern! This one is one of my faves!

    Kasey

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  65. Oh also forgot to add a tip for when printing the top pattern...I saw that several people said that it wasnt matching up with the bottom pattern size wise, if you switch to print the "Actual Size" vs "Fit to Page" when you have your print screen pop up, it will match them up perfectly! Gotta love technology and how picky it can get!

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  66. Hi...Thanks for your tips and pattern. Attempting to use leftover PUL and making a pocket, too. Would it work best for the top or back? Much easier to use than vinyl top and seam binding.
    Jo..... email sternerj@q.com

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  67. Hello, I could not open the pattern for this cute bib. Could you please email it to me..... ljaeb@sasktel.net Thank you.

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  68. Dear Amy I still can't find the pattern, or is it still packed up in your possessions from your previous home? Have made smaller bibs from another pattern, but my 4 month old 'God Grandson' as my Goddaughter calls him, is getting real chubby and I shall soon need something bigger/Judy in South East England

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  69. Such a cute bib! But I can't print the pattern.

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  70. Dear Amy, I still cannot access the boutique bib pattern. Please could you emailit to me on judyl.martin@hotmail.co.uk
    Many thanks in anticipation
    love Judy

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  72. The bibs on your blog are darling. I plan on making a stack of them. I do have a question. Is the seam allowance included on the pattern or do I need to add one. Thanks. wrightathome2003@yahoo.com

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  73. Thank you for sharing, Amy.

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  74. Thank you so much for this tutorial. The print is so vibrant, I love it.

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  75. Love your bibs. Need to make some for my grandkids, but I see no pattern. Could you help me out with a link or email me please? monikaandroger@hotmail.com

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  76. FOUND THE PATTERN!! kind of a "duh" moment there. For those of us who are looking for "Print Pattern Here"...it's not. Look at the last 2 items in the supply needed list. just hover over them and click, up comes the pattern.

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  77. Hi nice bibs, love your material choice, thought there was a pattern to download but could'nt find it!

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  78. Please help me, I can not find the download :-(

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  79. Very cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :) I made one for a friend of mine. Check it out on my tumblr! http://katymakesthings.tumblr.com/
    Katy

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  80. LOVE this pattern! The size is perfect for my not-quite one year old. The only thing I had to change was the neck opening because it was WAY too small. Otherwise perfection!

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