Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Worthy of Spaghetti Bib

or popsicles, birthday cake or baked beans! I've always wanted a bib that I could just throw over my kids' clothes and let them have at all those messy foods that make me cringe! My little ones aren't the daintiest eaters in the world and I'm slightly particular about keeping their clothes clean! Maybe I'm odd that way...., but in case I'm not alone, I came up with a tutorial for making:

The Worthy of Spaghetti Bib

I could have made this bib out of PUL or a similar waterproof material, but I really wanted a bib that could absorb some of the spills that happen instead of letting it run onto their pants! So the outer layer of this bib is an old t-shirt and the lining is bamboo french terry. Another t-shirt, a sweatshirt, or a cotton french terry shirt would have worked for the lining too. Not only does this bib have sleeves, it has a back because my kids can get food in the weirdest places! :)

Using the pattern I drafted for Josiah's Romper, I cut out the sleeves, making them long instead.
I cut out the front on the fold, folding the leg of the romper out of the way to make it a long shirt length.
Then, I cut out the back, not on the fold, adding an extra inch or so for the back to overlap.
Next, I cut matching pieces out of the lining.
Now's a good time to add an applique to the front!
I appliqued a fork and spoon, because, well, you know.... it fits the theme! :)
With right sides together, I serged across the bottom only of the front piece and matching lining. Then turned it right side out and pressed it.
On the two back pieces, matching the pieces to their linings, right sides together, I serged the longer straight edges and bottoms. Then, turned them right side out and pressed them too.
Taking the sleeves with their matching linings, I sewed the sleeves onto the front and back pieces at the shoulder seams.
I cut some pieces from the same shirt to be the ribbing for the cuffs and neck. I cut one piece 12" by 2" and two pieces 6" by 2 ".
I folded the cuff ribbing, wrong sides together, in half and sewed it to the edge of the sleeve, stretching to fit.
I folded the neck ribbing in half the long way, right sides together, and serged the ends to finish them. Then turned it right side out,
and sewed it to the neck opening, right sides together, matching the cut edges and lining up the finished edges, stretching to fit.
Next, I sewed up the side seams, from bottom to sleeve cuff, on both sides.
Then added some red snaps to match the applique. I only put snaps part way down to make it easier to put on and off.
The back
and the front.

Time to try it out!
All those dribbles and his clothes are totally safe!

So, how did it work? Well, after I took these pictures, I gave Josiah some raspberries which I found shoved down inside his chair when I cleaned him up. (Apparently not one of his favorites!) But his clothes? Perfectly clean! Yay!

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  1. so cute! I love it! I found your blog while blog hopping and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow my blog too! Thanks!

  2. Very cute bib!!Thank you for dropping by my blog.


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