September 19, 2010
Remember when I made the Shirt Skirts I said keep the rest of the shirt for 2 other projects? Well, this is one of them!
I knew Chloe would start solids soon and none of the bibs we have are big enough to properly cover her. Wanting to be as resourceful as possible, I decided to use the remaining neck part of the shirt to make huge baby-covering bibs!
I was excited to try my large, absorbent bib on my sweet new-to-food Chloe. I think it’s safe to say, it was a success!!
She sucks her thumb between bites, so her hands get plenty dirty. The bib was even long enough to cover her dress from her messy hands!
I liked the outcome so much I made more!
Some had an extra layer of flannel on the back for absorbability, some didn’t.
The elastic neck allows for further clothes-saving coverage.
Now they’re stacked up in the kitchen waiting for the next meal time!
And I was thrilled to discover they’re even big enough to be effective against toddler mess!
The process was easy! Each bib took me less than 30 minutes to make.
Lay out top part of the shirt flat.
Cut approximately 2″ from each side of the neck hole. I used no rulers, everything is eyeballed and estimated. Keep the sleeves!
Open the shirt and cut a few inches below the neck on the back. Or leave the full length if you’d like!
Lay on top of flannel (or fleece or cotton if you prefer) and cut around the edge of the bib.
Now you’ve got a front and a back the same size.
Flip them over so the flannel is on top.
Press down so you can see/feel the neck line of the shirt.
Using a pen, trace around the outer sewn edge of the neck opening.
Cut out the middle part. If you want to be extra resourceful, use this for the applique on the front.
I chose a different flannel print for my applique.
Sew the flannel to the shirt around the neck hole, using the existing edge for a guide.
Then stitch around the outer edge of the bib to secure the front and back to each other.
Then find the existing seam in the ribbed neck. Use your seam ripper to open it up.
Thread elastic through the neck using it as a casing. I used 12.5″ of .5″ elastic.
Stitch the ends of the elastic together and pull into the neck. If you’re particular, hand stitch the opening closed. I’m too lazy for that, though!
Then find a cute little model, and start feeding!