Monday, April 16, 2012

Boutique Bib Tutorial

I had a friend ask me to help make some bibs for her darling daughter.  Here is the pattern that I showed her how to make.  She sewed for the first time making this and she did a great job!  She asked me to put together a tutorial for her so that she could remember how to do it!  So here is her tutorial!

Supply List

Freezer Paper
Craft Scissors
Fabric Scissors
Bib for pattern
Quilting batting
Minky fabric
Cotton fabric

1.  Lay your bib on top of your freezer paper and use something to hold down your edges so that it doesn't curl up on you.

 2.  I used my Cutterbee craft scissors because they are the sharpest things I've ever seen.  I traced around the edges of my bib AT LEAST 1/4 inch larger than the bib.  I wanted a certain look for my bib, so I altered the outline a bit.
I went about an inch and a half larger around the top and sides of my bib.
 And then in the neckline, I did the 1/4 inch.
 Here's a better angle of how much larger my pattern was drawn.
3.  Here is my pattern all cut out.  When you use the super sharp scissors, they should cut nearly completely through the freezer paper.  Pardon my fold line.  I jumped the gun a little in my photo taking.
Fold your pattern in half and trim the edges to make sure that your pattern doesn't look wonky.
 Here's what I mean about trimming your pattern.

4.  This is the fabric I chose.  I chose minky because it is amazingly absorbent.  My friend had chosen flannel and broadcloth.  I had some minky and cotton on hand, so that's what I used.
 The great thing about using freezer paper is that it has a plastic coating on it!  I'll explain why in a minute.  Lay your freezer paper pattern shiny side down on your fabric.  I had mine folded so that I could cut out two bib pieces at the same time.

Pardon the minky fabric.  I skipped taking a picture on the dot fabric.  Iron your pattern down to your fabric.  DO NOT THROW IT AWAY!  You can use this several times before it won't stick to your fabric.

Cut carefully around your pattern.
 Peel your pattern away and there you go!  A top piece to your bib!

Repeat ironing your pattern to your quilting batting and minky.

5.  Lay your cotton fabric face UP on your work surface.  And then place your minky face DOWN directly on top of your cotton.  Then top with your quilting batting.  I HIGHLY suggest always putting the minky in the center of your sandwich.  When you go to sew it, the minky will stretch all out of proportion if it is directly on the sewing machine foot.

Here's what your fabric sandwich should look like all together.

6.  Pin all the way around your bib.

 7.  Sew 1/4 inch seams all the way around your bib, leaving a 4 inch gap that you do not sew.
 Your gap should look like this.

 8.  Trim the corners so that your corners so that your fabric will lay flat when your turn it out.

9.   Turn your fabric right side out.  Flip it with the minky and batting on one side and the cotton on the other.
 Using something long and not sharp at the tip, push your corners all the way out.
 It should look like this instead of bunched all up.

10.  Iron your bib down completely.  This is very key.  Your gap should be folded in and pressed so that it forms a type of seam.  You will finish this up in a minute.  Pin your gap down.

11.  Position your sewing foot very close to the edge of your fabric.  About 1/8 of an inch away from the edge.  Sew all the way around your bib.

 Here is what your bib should look like.
 A close up of the edge.
 12.  Take your Velcro pieces and cut about an inch off.

 Sew on side on to the minky fabric and one to the cotton fabric.  I used a X pattern on mine to give it some stability when your taking it on and off.  

 Here is what I mean about the X pattern.  I did the X and then sewed all the way around the Velcro.

This is what it will look like Velcro-ed together.
 And here is what it will look like on your little darling.  I use it minky side out because it absorbs spills like nobody's business.

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