Baby bibs and matching burp cloths are fun, quick and easy to make. They also make adorable gifts. Let me share with you how I make a baby bib with fabric from your stash.
- OESD’s Tiny Baby #12903
- OESD Fuse and Fleece
- OESD Fusible PolyMesh CutAway
- OESD Medium Weight TearAway
- OESD StitcH2O Topping
- 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive
- OESD Expert Embroidery Tape TearAway
- OESD Expert Point and Press Tool
- OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
- 1/3 yd flannel or a terrycloth hand towel
- 18″ ribbon
- Baby bib pattern of your choice
- Isacord Thread per design
- Embroidery needle for fabric type (I used 75/11 ballpoint)
Cut the front and back of the baby bib from your chosen fabric. Cut one baby bib shape from OESD Fuse and Fleece. This will give the bib some loft without making it too thick.
I chose to use the Elephant #12903-17. The designs from this collection are adorable and small. Duplicating the elephant 3 times will make the embroidery field about 4.5” inches wide and 1.28” inches tall. Cut a piece of OESD Fusible Poly mesh about 2” larger than the design size and fuse it to the wrong side of the front of the bib. Remember OESD Fusible Polymesh is fused using a warm iron.
On the front side of the baby bib, use a marking pen to mark the center.
Cut one piece of OESD Medium Weight TearAway and one piece of OESD StitcH2O large enough to fill your hoop. Spray a little bit of 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive on the Medium Weight TearAway and place the front of the bib right side up on the TearAway. Then place the StitcH2O on top of the bib. Then take this fabric sandwich (stabilizer, fabric, and topper) and place it in the hoop. Make sure to open up the hoop first; this makes it MUCH easier to hoop.
My embroidery machine has the feature of baste around the project. I turned this feature on to help hold everything in place. Stitch the elephants according to the thread chart.
Remove the bib from the hoop and gently remove the tearaway stabilizer. Turn the bib over and remove the excess StitcH2O by gently pulling it away from the embroidery. You can use some warm water and a cotton swab to remove any remaining StitcH2O if necessary. Place the front of the bib wrong side up on the OESD Press Cloth and press and steam any small puckers out of the bib.
Assemble the bib. I used ribbon as ties. Cut two pieces of ribbon about 9” inches long. Using the OESD TearAway tape, adhere the ribbon to the front of the bib so one end is sewn in the seam and the long riboon does not get caught in the seam.
Place the front of the bib right side up. Place the back on the bib wrong side up on top of the front. Then place the OESD Fuse and Fleece on top of the back of the bib with the “shiny or fusible” side facing down against the bib. Sew around the bib about ¼” from the edge and leave a 3” opening to be able to turn the bib right side out.
Before turning the bib right side out, cut notches out of the seam to allow the fabric to lay flat. (Hint: If you turn the bib right side out and it still has puckers around the seam, turn it back and cut more notches in that area.)
Use the OESD Point and Press tool to help turn the bib right side out. I like to use the larger side of the Point and Press tool to push out the seams all the way around the bib. Press the bib. Keep in mind that there is Fuse and Fleece in the center, so it will be fusing to the back side of the bib. Fold in the opening and top stitch around the bib.
Your project is complete!
Make several bibs with these simple instructions for your next baby shower!
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