It’s fair to say that little ones are known to be messy at meal times, making bibs and burp cloths necessities. So, whether you’re stitching in preparation for the arrival of your own bundle of joy or looking for a gift for your nearest and dearest, these items are always useful.
- Fabric: cotton, printed; brushed cotton, 50cm of each
- Bias binding: cotton, 13mm wide
- Velcro, sew on, 1cm square
Stitch a bib
Cut out a bib and pocket from printed cotton using the templates on page 84, with the right side of the fabric facing up. From brushed cotton cut another bib, this time with the right side of the fabric facing down. Ensure the notches are snipped and mark the position of the velcro.
Pin the pieces together with wrong sides facing. Cut two 10cm pieces of binding, fold them in half lengthways and sew along the long edge of each to create ties. Pin these centrally to the bottom of the brushed cotton piece, laying them side by side rather than on top of each other to prevent the fabric from bulging when bound.
Fold the pocket in half along the instructed line and press with a warm iron. Using the notches as a guide, lay the pocket on top of the two bib pieces. Tack the pieces together by hand with a long running stitch.
Using a binding foot, if you have one, machine stitch binding around the outside longest edge of the bib and snip the excess. Next, add binding to the neckline, leaving 1cm of extra at each end. Fold these ends and the excess for the ties under, and hand sew into place.
Using the markings as guides, sew 1cm Velcro squares onto the neck tabs. One piece should be facing up on the printed cotton side of the tab and one piece should be facing down on the brushed cotton side of the opposite tab.
Make a burp cloth
Using the templates on page 84 cut one burp cloth from printed cotton with the right side facing up. From brushed cotton cut another piece, with the right side of the fabric facing down.
Place the two burp cloth pieces with wrong sides together, smooth out and tack together using a long running stitch. Work binding around the outside edge, overlapping it at the edges by 1cm. Remove all of the tacking stitches, to complete.