Next on the list of awesome crafty baby items are dishtowel bibs. My experience has proven the larger the bib, the better. Once my little one started eating, I knew she had to have some larger bibs. The tiny bibs from the store weren't cutting it, and I didn't care for the plastic ones. I needed bibs that covered more surface area. These aren't found in the stores, so I decided to make a set using dishtowels.
Let me show you how I go about making them. *As with every pattern or tutorial, it is a good idea to read all the instructions before beginning.
I cut a circle about 6 inches in diameter about a third of the way down from the top of the towel using a small bowl as a template.
Then, I cut a 15 1/2" piece of rib knit in a coordinating color that was 3 1/2- 4" in width, making sure the lines of knit stretched vertically across the long portion of the piece.
Starting about an inch from one end of the knit piece, I sewed the right side of the rib knit to the backside of the dishtowel, starting on the short side of the towel (what will become the back flap). I very gently stretched the knit as I went along. Again, I stopped about an inch from the end of the circle where I had started.
This left me with a little tab of fabric at the end of the circle. Looks something like this:
I sewed the right side of rib knit together (where I have fabric pinched). You would want to trim this piece, if necessary. This created a seam and closed up the circle. I then sewed the remaining couple of inches of the rib knit to the towel to complete the circle.
Then, I flipped the knit and folded it so that it covered the rough edge on the right side of the towel. Beginning with the four quarters of the circle, I pinned and evenly stretched the fabric between the pins. You can fold under the raw edge of the knit, but it isn't necessary since knit doesn't fray. When I finished pinning, it looked something like this:
Finally, I top stitched the outer edge of the knit to the right side of the dishtowel. I tried to get as close to the edge as I could. I had to be careful and make sure that I was catching the raw edge of the dishtowel under the knit. You can see I've used pink thread below so you can see the stitches.
When it's finished, it should look something like this:
*My daughter started wearing these when she was about 8 months old and is still wearing them at 18 months with plenty of room for growth. She is really big for her age too, so don't worry that the head hole isn't big enough. If you're making one for an older child, you can always measure his or her head to be sure.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Easier Than I Thought!
Cost: Dependent on quality and cost of dishtowel. I usually buy mine on clearance and don't end up spending more than $2 including the rib knit!
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