Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Dribble bib tutorial

Ok bear with me as this is my very first attempt at a tutorial and although I follow them a lot I am bit sure how this will turn out.  I thought I'd start small with something simple but very useful so here we go.   Give it a try and please let me know if I've missed something or if you have any problems following me.

Dribble bibs - size newborn plus

Equipment needed:
  • Fabric - 2 pieces.  Best practice is to prewash your fabric to prevent shrinkage.
  • 1 choice for the front, usually done kind if durable cotton and 1 choice for the backing.  Usually fleece, towelling, cuddle soft, minky or some similar plush fabric.  An  F/Q (Fat quarter, piece of fabric bought in the size of approx 1/4 of a yard) of each will allow you at least 2 bibs even for the messiest cutter upper
  • Matching or contrasting thread (depending on your preference)
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron & ironing board 
  • Kam snaps & pliers - These are inexpensive and easy to use.  (Read this for the complete low down on Kamsnaps) You'll need to know how to use them for the fastenings.  I bought mine from here.  You want handheld pliers & size 20 snaps.  Trust me when I say that you'll soon be snapping everything and anything! 
  • Optional baby to model bib

1. First of all choose your fabric.  I've gone for an adorable eastern doll print and baby pink contrasting fleece for the back.  Both wash well AND more importantly tumble dry! 

2. You need to either draw your own preferred template or you can print this one that I use.  My template is for newborn+ and prints into A4 easily.  It should look like this:

Just print it cut it out.

3. To cut template, take your fabric and iron it in half (do this for each piece of fabric or do what I do and pin both pieces of fabric together and cut both together) and either draw around it on the fold of your fabric or pin it to your folded fabric then cut out the shape.  I've allowed for 1/4 seam allowance.  

4. Ok, you should now have 2 bib shaped bits of fabric now.  1 cut from your front fabric and 1 cut from yiur backing fabric like this.  

Quite frankly, if you haven't got 2 bib shaped bits of fabric, I have no idea where you went wrong and I suggest that perhaps you re evaluate doing this tutorial...just saying...

5. Now iron your pieces and place them together right sides facing each other like this.

6. Pin all the way around making sure you have no lumps or bumps.  At this point I often tend to decide 4 pins will be's really not.  Like really not so pin ALL the way round & do a better job than the pic below.

7. Once pinned, sew all the way round using 1/4" seam allowance.

REMEMBER: leave a turning gap of about 1.5"

8. Once sewn WITH a gap, take out the pins.

9. Clip the curved seams (cut some slits around the bendy bits) so that the fabric will lay flat once you turn it right side out.  

10.  Using your 1.5" hole you DID leave a turning hole right? Turn the bib the right side out. 

I use an old paintbrush to push the corners out too.  

Don't use might be tempted and you'll think "I'll just be gentle, it'll be fine" then you'll make a hole and you'll feel silly and you'll have to pretend you didn't read this bit of advice.

11. Iron again (I know, so much ironing right?!) and pin all the way round again to keep your work flat. 

Make sure that you pin your turning gap so that you catch it properly when you top stitch in a minute.

12. Now top stitch around the bib again.  I go very close to the edge to make sure that I catch the turning gap and seal the hole.

13. Nearly there..Take out pins and iron...again!
Now time to add your snaps!  
As I mentioned, you'll need these:

You can either use one snap or add an extra one and make the bib adjustable.  I tend to use 2. 

I'll give a quick demo of how to do it but click the link I gave above to learn about Kam snaps and how they work and are attached.  It's not difficult though, promise!

Make sure. you apply your kam snaps making sure that you attached them facing the right way so that you can actually pop them closed.  I've done that wrong so many times!

1. Starting with your top snap.  Poke a hole through the bib where you'd like to place it.   About here:

2. Poke too snap through the hole

3. Slide the back onto the snap 

4. Use pliers to press and seal the snap (back bit goes in the bottom).  You will be able to tell when is sealed as the sharp pointy bit will flatten.

5. Now do the same on the other side of the bib with the bottom snaps.  

Remember that the backs of these ones go the other side so that they will snap into each other and open and close.

Voila!  Done deal!

Easy right?!

Now go forth and multiply!  

Please let me know how you get on and if I have missed anything out.  This is my first tutorial so I hope it's easy to follow!

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