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Friday, August 26, 2011

Finished Friday: Toddler and Preschooler Sized Bib

I'm trying to hold myself accountable to finish some of the projects on my to do list by posting each Friday about a project I've completed. For the most part these projects aren't part of my daily or weekly household chores, although some weeks finishing those items is a challenge all in its own.
Some people are great at getting stains out of everything. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people, so bibs, especially full coverage bibs, are my friends.

(Not that I wear them myself, although sometimes it probably wouldn't hurt...)

I've been able to find tons of baby sized bibs, but since our children don't really start eating food until around 10 months the small bibs are quickly outgrown.

I also like the larger pull-over-the-head style bibs, but the neck holes tend to get stretched out and then leave the kiddos' shirt collars completely exposed, defeating their purpose.

As I began packing for our move a couple of months ago I rediscovered my favorite bib (it's really been through the ringer). I love the concept of this bib, although it's probably actually an art smock, but the laminated fabric has definitely seen better days.

I wanted to take the general idea of this bib and try to make it even better. The things I love about this bib are that it completely covers a toddler's torso and that the arm straps and neck tie make sure it stays in place. What I did not like was the type of fabric and the square shape.

I decided to make the bib a little bigger with a more rounded bottom so the bib would lay flat more easily when the wearer is seated. I also chose to use a cotton fabric on one side and an absorbent flannel on the reverse. I simply played around with the shape then attached both fabrics wrong sides together using bias tape.

I love the finished product! I've already made another one for Jonathan and have three more cut out and waiting until I get a little time to make some more bias tape.

After I completed this project I found an online tutorial for an extremely similar baby sized bib, or "bapron" (baby apron). I'm sure you could use this tutorial and resize the pattern pieces to make it more of a toddler or preschooler sized bib. (Just make sure you also increase the length of the bias tape.)
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Blogger Suanna said...

That looks like a great bib.

August 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I need to come to your house for some sewing lessons. I bought some bias tape and then couldn't figure out how to use it. Oops!

August 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

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