The Vilene Sewing Club: Easy Baby Bib
Create a reversible baby bib using a combination of stunning contemporary prints.
Skills you’ll master…piecing contrast panels, working curved seams, neatening and clipping seams, slip stitch, top stitching, applying a snap fastener.
Grab your supplies…
Print cotton, three complementary designs
Vilene G405 medium-weight white fusible interfacing
Let’s make an Easy Baby Bib
Using the full bib pattern piece, position onto one of the print cottons and align the grain with the marking on the pattern. Pin in place and neat cut one from the fabric. Use this pattern piece to cut an identical piece from the Vilene G405 medium-weight white fusible interfacing. Place the upper bib pattern piece onto the second print cotton and align the grain, pin in place and cut one from the fabric. Place the lower bib pattern piece onto the third print cotton and align the grain, pin in place and cut one from the fabric.
Working with the two pieces for the upper and lower parts of the bib, place together with right sides facing. Ensure that the raw edges along the lower portion of the upper section align with the upper raw edges on the lower section and pin in place. Working with a straight machine stitch and taking a 1cm seam allowance join the two pieces together.
Press the seams open and position a length of grosgrain ribbon centrally over the seam. Pin in place. Working with a straight machine stitch, secure the ribbon in place with two lines of top stitching, each positioned 5mm from the outer edge of the ribbon.
Place this stitched section down with the wrong side of the project upper most. Position the piece of fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the project. Ensure that the adhesive side is in contact with the wrong side of the fabric. Use the iron to bond the Vilene G405 medium-weight white fusible interfacing into place, by pressing and holding on the surface for 12 seconds, before repositioning and pressing again until the whole section is secured.
Position the two bib pieces together with the right sides facing, aligning the raw and pin in place. Working with a straight machine stitch and taking a 5mm (1/4in) seam allowance, join the two pieces together. Begin at the upper part of one side, working around the top of the bib before stitching down the second side and along the base. When working the last side of the bib, be sure to leave a small, 5cm, gap in the line of stitching – through which to turn the bib through.
To create a neater finish, work around the seams of the curved sections of the bib making small V shaped cuts, by clipping the seam in this manner the fabrics will lay neatly on the finished piece. Draw the bib to the right side through the opening left in the side seam. Press the bib flat, ensuring the the seam allowance along the gap in the seam is press inside. With a needle and thread work along the opening to join the gap with neat hand slip stitches.
Using the markings on the pattern piece to mark out the position of the snap fastener onto the back neck section of the bib. Secure one side in place before securing the corresponding half to the second snap.
Made Peachy Tip
When sewing around curves, look at the place where the fabric are aligned on the needle plate of the sewing machine, by carefully keeping this raw edge of fabric aligned with this point on the machine, you will be able to stitch a neat curve.
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The Vilene Sewing Club In Association With…
All of the delicious fabrics for these makes are from the stunning range of designer prints from Art Gallery Fabrics – take a look over the range, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
The ribbons and trimmings for these projects were supplied by Berisfords, who offer a range of ribbons for sewing and decorative projects in a host of colours styles and finishes. Priced from 70p per meter and available from fabric and sewing stores. For more information visit www.berisfords-ribbons.co.uk or call 01453 883581
The buttons and fasteners for these projects are from Hemline, who provide a vast range of products for all aspects of sewing and crafting which are available nationwide from sewing and craft suppliers. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01453 883581
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I hope that you enjoy making your own Easy Baby Bib – you know, if you get in a knot you can always drop me an email with Easy Baby Bib Help in the subject line!
This workshop project is for your personal use only, be cool you guys- you know the score, if your interested in scheduling a workshops or have any enquiries about the usage of this workshop material just give me a shout!
Watch this space – the next in the The Vilene Sewing Club Series will be posted next Wednesday!