One of my favorite things to sew are baby items. After all, that is where it all started. I can't help but love creating comfy things for tiny humans. For two years straight, I ran an Etsy shop selling handmade baby accessories and bedding. I could whip up 10 of these babies pretty quick! But, as time went on and Baby # 2 arrived, my sewing business had to take a backseat to mom duties. (I also work full-time during the day) It didn't take long for me to decide that selling fabric would be the best course of action for the business.
So....fast forward 5+ years, my free time is increasing more and more now that my kids aren't babies anymore and every now and then, I get the chance to sew up a few things as gifts for friends or as needed. I still enjoy it just as much as I did in the beginning plus I get to play with beautiful fabric!
Baby bibs (and burp cloths) are so easy to make! Seriously, if you know basic sewing skills, then you can make these for your little one!
Handmade baby bib made with Foraged Garland Golden by Art Gallery Fabrics
For my bibs, I like to use a pattern with a rounded bottom. I think it gives a cute & casual style that works good for both boys and girls.
You can make your own pattern by free-handing or tracing a bib that you might already have. Or you can download a free template online. There are so many to choose from! For this one, I used this pattern from Timeless Treasures.
The fabric I used is a beautiful floral print by Art Gallery Fabrics from the Gathered collection. I love the dark green hues mixed in with creamy white, muted pinks & purples and mustard. You can purchase the fabric here.
Backing is a soft white flannel and finished with a plastic snap fastener
I prefer to use flannel as the backing for my bibs. But of course, you can use any soft fabric - just make sure it is absorbent so it can get the job done. Other options are terry cloth, minky or other cuddle fabrics.
I also always use 2 layers of flannel. One layer just isn't quite enough to keep baby's clothes dry.
Once you have sewn your fabric together, turn right side out, top stitch the edges and finish off with a snap or velcro.
There you have it! I hope this has inspired you to create your own accessories for your babies or loved ones. I always want you to feel like you can do it, because I know you can!