New moms: We know you can never have too many clean bibs. And while you could buy them in bulk, we've found an even better option. Get crafty. Real crafty.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
- Draw a pattern that resembles a curved shark fin (bib pattern #1, below) on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.
- Fold an old shirt in half—longways so the sides of the shirt come together.
- Place the pattern on the folded shirt and cut out the front part of the bib (which is slightly bigger than the back-towel part—the excess material goes up to baby's chin and catches the dribble). Note: By placing the pattern on the fold, it ensures the bib is symmetrical.
- Cut using pinking shears (zig-zag scissors) so the material does not fray.
- Fold an old towel in half.
- Place the pattern (bib pattern #2) on the folded towel and cut the back part of the bib (which is slightly smaller than the front). Note: Cut using pinking shears.
- Place the back part (towel cut-out) on the table.
- Place the front part (shirt cut-out) with the inside-side of the shirt facing up to you and the outside-side of the shirt facing down onto the towel part.
- Pin together, starting from the middle first, and make your way around.
- Sew the bib together around the sides and finish by leaving a gap of about 3-5cms.
- Use the gap to flip the bib the right way out. Make sure to use your finger to fully push out the corners and pointy bit of the bib.
- Now the bib is the right way out, sew around the edge of it (as close to the edge as possible) to flatten the bib (so it does not puff up) and give it a nice clean finish.
- While doing this, you will close up the gap we used to turn the bib out the right way.
- Now hand-sew your eyelet clasp onto each "wing" of the bib, one side of the clasp on the front and the other side on the back. You can adjust where you put these according to the size of your baby.
You can watch the full step-by-step in the video above. Good luck and be sure to share pictures of your creations on the Mamamia Facebook page.
Save the below images, print them and place them on cardboard backings to use as measurements.
This post originally appeared on Mamamia, Spring.St's Australian sister site. You can read it here.