I don’t really like bibs, in fact covering up a lovingly hand-knitted jumper with a soggy bit of cloth feels a little counterintuitive. But on dribbly days (S’s not mine!) they’re an essential for keeping her chest dry and preventing endless hand-washing of aforementioned jumper. These bibs are microfleece backed with cotton or cotton jersey on top to absorb all that dribble whilst keeping the clothes (and baby) underneath dry. They’re quick and easy to make up so can be made in as many fabrics and colours as you want – the photographed bibs are made in cotton – Michael Miller’s Vikings in Turquoise and a pretty grey floral fabric bought in the amazing Simply Fabrics in Brixton Market. I also made some in material cut up from outgrown babygrows and old t-shirts. Cotton jersey would be the best material to use but there’s a much smaller choice of affordable prints around and cotton works pretty well too though it has less absorbency. For more information about fabric choices see this post from the Plush Addict blog.
Bandana bib instructions and pattern
1) Print out the pattern pieces. They are to scale on A4 so don’t resize them to fit on a printer page. Print at actual size and fill in the gaps that the printer misses in the margin by hand. Pattern piece B is on two pieces A4 that will need to be taped together and cut out.
2) Cut 1 of pattern piece A on the fold in microfleece. You could use another fabric but microfleece is ideal as it wicks moisture away from the body. Cut 1 of pattern piece B on the fold in cotton or cotton jersey. Mark where the fold lines are (in dressmakers chalk or with nicks in the hemline.
3) Place pieces right side together and sew along stitching line folding fabric piece B along pleat lines and leaving a 5cm gap along one of the straight edges to turn the bib inside out. The edge of pattern piece B with the pleats needs to match with the curved neck edge of pattern piece A.
n.b. The pleat lines are a rough guide only and should be adjusted so the edges fit together depending on the stretch of the materials used.
4) Inside out the bib (so the right sides are now facing out) and stitch aprox 4-5mm from the edge all the way round the bib making sure the seam allowance is tucked in where the gap was.
5) I used KAM snaps with pliers to create an adjustable closure for the bib (the snap placements are marked on pattern piece) but you could also use sew in poppers or velcro.