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What to do? What to do? ... with that huge pile of clothes that aren't nice enough to give away?
What to do? What to do? ... with that huge pile of clothes that aren't nice enough to give away, but you still don't want to throw out? You know - the ones with holes, tears, mysterious stains in only one spot? Or possibly those teeny tiny baby clothes from when your little one was 3 months old and wasn't eating and making huge messes yet?

Make them into the pretty/handsome bib pictured above of course!

Posted by Tawny B. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • Published See Tawny B.'s 20 projects »
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  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 1
    Step 1

    - cut out "squares" (or "rectangles" or whatever shape you like) from your upcycle material. The bibs pictured above came from a few pairs of baby jammies and a couple of onesies.
    - assemble the basic rectangle of your bib. The bib measures about the size of a regular piece of paper (8.5 by 11 inches).

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 2
    Step 2

    - sew the pieces together. The rectangle doesn't have to be perfect because you'll be cutting it into a bib later.
    - press it out so that it is flat.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 3
    Step 3

    - download (from attachments above) and cut out bib pattern
    - lay out your backing fabric (right side down) on the table. Then place your quilt batting on top of that and then your patchwork piece (right side up) on top of that. The fabric sandwich will be placed in the same way the bib will be structured. So backing fabric with the pattern to the outside, then quilt batting in the middle and then main patchwork piece on top.
    - pin the pattern piece on top of all three of the pieces.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 4
    Step 4

    - cut around the pattern piece through all three layers. You will get a nice bib shape like the one pictured above.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 5
    Step 5

    - put the backing fabric piece aside for now. We'll use it later.
    - take the remaining 2 pieces (the main patchwork piece and the quilt batting) and pin them together as pictured above.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 6
    Step 6

    - Quilt these two pieces together in whatever fashion you like. I enjoy sewing a zigzag stitch over top of all the seams. It looks nice and give it a bit of decoration without being too difficult. Using contrasting thread adds a nice touch as well.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 7
    Step 7

    take the backing piece that you set aside and pin it (right sides together) to the main patchwork piece (the quilt batting should now be quilted onto the back of this main piece.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 8
    Step 8

    sew around the bib making sure to leave about 2 inches open somewhere along the bottom or sides for turning. I sew close to the edge, but a 1/2 inch seam is fine too.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 9
    Step 9

    - turn the bib right side out.
    - pin the hole closed.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 10
    Step 10

    zigzag around the edge - all the way around. This will close the hole while you stitch and add a decorative edge.

  • How to make a baby bib. Upcycled Patchwork Baby Bibs - Step 11
    Step 11

    - add a closure of your choice. I reclaimed a snap from one of those pairs of jammies that I upcycled for the bibs and stitched that on. Velcro or a regular snap would work just as well.

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