Hey y’all – today I’m going to show you how to sew a bib with another method – bias tape. This bib comes with a free pattern too – a slightly longer one. This type of bib is meant for eating, not for drool.
I got to use some super cute fabrics on this one from the Riley Blake Military Max line. The front is Military Men White, the back is Military Plaid Multi, and the bias tape trim is Military Main White.
Both sides of the bib are laminated with iron on vinyl, so this is an easy wipe accessory. Which is important for messy baby meals.
To make the bib you’ll need the supplies listed below:
- 1/3 yard of front fabric
- 1/3 yard of back fabric
- 1 inch of hook and loop tape or Velcro
- Iron on vinyl (affiliate link)
- 2 yards double fold bias tape (I used 1/2″ wide, 1/4″ wide is probably easier to work with. I made my own like I did in this tutorial)
- The pattern. This pattern will fit approximately 6m-18m. You have two choices to download the pattern, Subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
(PS – if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can’t email pattern links to individuals.)
Important note on materials: I received a comment from Sew Can Do that I’d like to share here, “Thought it would be helpful to mention materials like iron-on vinyl or oilcloth shouldn’t be used on items like this that may go in a baby’s mouth. They are not CPSIA compliant (which means deemed free of leaching chemicals like phthalates or BPA), and that is required for items for children. Most laminated cottons have this certification, but vinyl does not. Many of Riley Blake’s other prints are available in laminated cotton though.” So buyer beware on this – you may want to substitute materials other than what I used.
Here’s the video tutorial below; if you prefer written instructions, you can scroll on by. If you want to watch this directly on YouTube, you can see it here.
Start by steaming the bias tape into the shape of the edges of the bib. See the video for more information about this.
Next, apply the fusible vinyl according to the package directions.
Place the front and back bib fabrics wrong sides together.
Baste the two bib pieces together as shown above.
Unfold the bias tape and place against the bib. If you pin, do so only in the seam allowance. Fold the short edge of the tape 1/2″ to the wrong side where you start and overlap this by 1/2″ at the end. Stitch the bias tape around the bib edges, in the crease line closest to the bib edge.
Fold the bias tape around the to wrong side of the bib. If you pin, pin in the bias tape covered area only. Stitch close to the seam of the bias tape, catching the other side of the tape to secure it all around. Note: it may be easier to trim the edges of the bib before folding the tape around.
Stitch the Velcro to the neck tabs of the bib and you’re done!