I am so excited to share this project today because I LOVE how it turned out!
Sometimes things actually work, and this was one of those times.
Now, obviously these are not the' keep-you-clean-while-you-eat-spaghett'i kind of bibs, but more of the 'drool-catcher' variety. You know how those newborns are.
These soft little bibs were so easy to make, but I think they'll come in very handy.
Plus, a plain white onsie will be so much cuter with one of these little bibs on top.
They're made of soft knit (left-over t-shirts mostly) so they'll be nice and comfy for baby.
Plus there's the cute factor. To say I have a soft spot for elephants is probably an understatement. I find them adorable. So I cut these little guys out of a contrasting fabric, ironed them in place with heat n' bond, and used embroidery floss to stitch around the edges- just to be cute. Then I used more knit to make my own bias tape to go all around the edges. Last I added a snap to keep it on. (you could also use velcro, but snaps are what I had on hand.)
The inspiration for my little elephnad design came from this set of sleepers I found at walmart. Poor 3rd child, I think besides diapers this is about the only thing I bought for this kid, but I couldn't resist. (Plus I needed something to bring this surprise baby home in that wasn't pink or blue)
And now that I've paired these little bibs with the knit baby pants I made I have
a couple more complete outfits! (for free!) Whoo-hoo!
And we're all set for the first couple days of life. I can't wait!
Even if you're not expecting, I think a couple bibs and soft pants would be a perfect (and quick and easy) gift. Practial, but still fun. Plus handmade is always nice to give right?
Lucky you I saved my pattern and little elephant template, and I'm willing to share. Just click HERE and it's all yours to download for FREE!!!
Here are slightly more detailed instructions...
1. Fold your bib fabric in half and using the pattern, cut out the bib shape, creating 2 mirror image pieces.
2. Trace the elephant (or whatever design you want) onto the paper side of iron-on adhesive.
I like heat n' bond lite.
3. Iron the heat n' bond onto the WRONG side of the fabric you'll be using for the elephant.
4. Cut out the elephant, peal the paper backing off, and iron onto the front of one of your bib shapes.
5. Stitch around the edges of your elephant applique. (you can use the machine or embroidery floss or whatever you like.)
6. Match up the front piece of the bib with the back piece of the bib, wrong sides together, and stitch all the way around the outside edge. (This will keep the 2 layers from sliding around while you add the bias tape.)
7. Trim the bib with bias tape, tucking the end under to hide the raw edge. (You can make your own or buy some- however I do recomend using knit so it's soft on baby's neck.)
8. Now add a snap or some velcro and you're done!
Hello! I'm Lisa Mabey from Mabey She Made It where I blog about about DIY, Crafts and Sewing. I'm so excited to be here today sharing a few fun ideas for creating your own baby shoes.
Baby shoes are a fun way to accessorize your baby without too much effort or cost. Yes, you can spend $60 on baby shoes, but you can also make them for next to nothing because they're so small! And really, small babies don't walk so the shoes you make will last forever. It's kind of a win-win situation.
To start off, you'll want to pick a shoe pattern. I've used a couple now, and they're all pretty basic. Some of my favorites include this
And there are so many more options out there! No matter which pattern you choose, they all have are some similarities and constructing them is pretty consistent. Here's some of the things I like to do regardless of the pattern for making baby shoes more comfortable and stable than the pattern may indicate.
Tips and Tricks for Making Baby Shoes
Most baby shoes start with the same basic pieces--a sole and an upper. From there you can go crazy with embellishments, straps, elastic and the like but basically you're working with two pieces per shoe. It's not so intimidating when you look at it that way.
Babies lose shoes. They kick and squirm, and shoes just don't last long on tiny baby feet. So if you're doing the smallest sizes, you may want to include some sort of ankle strap or ribbon to keep those shoes close. I MAY have lost a few baby shoes along the way.
The smaller the size you make, the trickier they will be. It's just the nature of the beast. But it's a pretty adorable beast that I keep tackling. It's totally doable, just know that the tiny shoes will take a little more patience. Also, 0-6 months (usually the smallest size) are geared more toward 6 months, so if you want shoes for your tinier baby, you may need to size the pattern down some like I did for these cuties (they also have an ankle ribbon so I don't lose them).
The stiffer the material you're using, the trickier they'll be as well. Soft suedes and cottons will go together easier than vinyl and thick cotton. It all works out, just something to be aware of.
If you're making shoes for walking children, choose a more durable fabric. Cotton prints are soo cute on shoes, but if you have a walker they'll wear through the cotton pretty quick. Try faux (or real) leather for something a little more durable. If you're still in love with the cotton idea, try some iron-on vinyl over the cotton before you cut out your pattern!
Cotton frays, so if you're making baby shoes from cotton, follow this secret for professional baby shoes to get a completely encased (and non-frayable) top edge. This also works great for straps.
I've never seen a baby shoe pattern mention this, but I learned it from a friend: once you sew the upper heel seam (per the pattern), open up the seam allowance and sew down each piece flat to the back of the shoe. Not only will this make it stronger, but it will also make the shoe more comfortable for your little ones...and that's important!
Once you flip your shoes right-side-out, you'll see that the seam allowance is exposed inside the shoe. You can easily cover this by tracing another sole from some felt or lining material, cutting it down by the seam allowance, and glueing it inside the shoes. It looks great, and it's a little more padding for those baby feet as well!
Embellishments are so much fun! Go wild (or not) and you'll love the hundreds of combinations you can come up with from one simple pattern.
I hope you've learned something from these tips on making baby shoes and that you'll try your hand at a pair (or a pile of pairs). They really are so much fun!
Thank you so much to Emily and Jaime for letting me share their space today! I hope you'll come visit me at Mabey She Made It for more DIY, craft, and sewing adventures.
Thanks Lisa! What great tips and ideas. Can't wait to make some more for my new little girl!
I've been trying to get ready for this 3rd little baby to come. You know, buying diaper, washing clothes.... WAIT! With this baby's gender being a surprise I need at least a handful of gender-nutral outfits to get him/her started. Only, with all the hand-me-downs from an older brother and sister I only found ONE little sleeper that would work.
Time to get to work. I had a couple white long-sleeve onsies and piece of yellow and white striped knit, so a couple pairs of pants were in order. I whipped these babies up in no time and now we're good to go!
I made the baby pants the same way I made these little leggings. (Only I traced another pair of baby pants, not leggings, to create the pattenr, obviously.)
Just wait and see what I put WITH the onsies and pants to top it all off!