Monday, April 21, 2014

Newborn Bibs - Free Pattern!

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!


  1. Oh those little elephants are TOO sweet! Love these! :)

  2. Those bibs are crazy cute, Em. :) Love them.

  3. These personalized bibs are absolutely darling. No one ever told me about putting an awesome little elephant in front of the bibs. Well, I learned something in this tutorial. You did a very nice combination through it. Good Job!


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