Although I have no kids yet, I love sewing for all of the little ones that belong to my friends and family. In fact, today's project is one that I will be gifting to a couple of friends from the gym who are expecting! The gym owner and I conspired to make a gift out of one of their logo T-shirts, so we can claim our youngest member. :)
By the way, I love the idea of taking all kinds of adult-sized T-shirts to upcycle into bibs. It would be great for all of those school T-shirts, so your baby can have the same school spirit as you! Or why not make them one to support your work or favorite sports team? I know that my guy has more than enough company T-shirts that could be upcycled into a cute bib one day. The possibilities are endless!
OR you can trace an existing bib, making sure to add seam allowance
OR make a pattern of your own!
2 x 2" square of hook & loop tape (AKA Velcro)
Optional, but recommended: Flannel lining, for stabilization
1. First cut up the side seams so you can work with the front and back of the shirts separately.
2. Before cutting your pattern pieces, make sure that you can center the logo onto the pattern piece by laying it on top. This may require a couple of edits to your pattern piece. Coincidentally, mine had the two kinds of problems that you may encounter. More work for me, but better for this tutorial!
However, if the logo first perfectly onto the pattern piece, go ahead and skip to step 3!
If your logo is too large, you can either cut into the logo if it isn't important OR extend the pattern piece a bit, like I showed here.
Also, the bib "arms" might go into the neck portion of the piece like mine does. All you will have to do is cut the piece and add some seam allowance. See below for the pictures.
I chopped off the two arms of the front piece and cut all three pieces separately.
These are the two "arms" I cut out. I just made sure to position them on the T-shirt right-side up and I added a bit of seam allowance so the arms didn't end up too short.
3. The back piece (and lining) is much easier to cut because you can position it basically anywhere on the shirt. Just make sure to flip the pattern piece over because you don't want to end up with the wrong side of the fabric showing.
4. Sew the arms back onto the front piece. Press open the seams.
5. Next, you are going to want to sew the hook & loop tape, but do not place it all the way at the edge or else it will get stuck in your seam allowance later. For some helpful tips on how to sew Velcro, check out this post!
Place the hook (sharper) side on the long arm of the back piece
Place the loop (softer) side on the short arm of the front piece
Now we have our assembled front piece, back piece, and flannel, if you are using it.
6. This is always the part that trips me up, so I'll explain it as best I can. You will want the three layers stacked up just right or else you will end up having to use your seam ripper...
Layer 1: Lining. It shouldn't matter which way it faces because it will be inside, but if it has a texture or print you want to hide, you will want that wrong side to be facing down. In other words, it will be right side up.
Layer 2: Front piece. That should be right side up.
Layer 3: Back piece. Right side down.
This means that your fabric will be right sides together with the lining's right side towards the front piece. Got it? Good!
7. Sew all around the entire perimeter of the fabric layers, leaving a small hole at the bottom. You can then trim away any bulky seams.
8. Turn the entire thing inside out. This will be hard because of the Velcro, but slowly ease it out. Press flat.
9. Top stitch around the entire edge, making sure to pinch the bottom portion closed.
10. Then, I like to do a Velcro test. I placed it on Lily (my dress form) and gave it a good firm tug. You know that babies always like to tear their bibs off!
Add some more Velcro if you need to, but otherwise, that's it!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Crafting for Baby Series here on Someday Crafts. Thanks for having me, and I hope to see you at Vintage Zest soon!
Thanks Diane! Those little bibs are so dang cute! Be sure to checkout the Crafting for Baby Link Party that went live this morning. Come link up your own projects and check out everything else that has been linked up!
To go along with our Crafting for Baby series, we've opened up a link party for you to share your projects with us!
Please join your crafty post if, and only if, it corresponds with the category and theme of Babies. We would love to see any craft projects, clothing, décor, tips and tricks, gift ideas, or nurseries!(If it doesn't fit in this specific category though, you are welcome to link it up to Whatever Goes Wednesday.)If you have joined aproject that fits this theme to a party on the blog before, feel free to add it to this show too! Remember to link to the specific posts, not to your main blog page. This makes it easier for readers to find your awesome ideas.
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You can paste the "Categorically Crafting" button onto your blog post. I would love to see these floating around so more people can post their themed projects. Keep checking back for more ideas!!!