At last, here's the how-to on how I made these ruffle bibs back in February, for my little girl Mia. Have fun sewing! Here's what you'll need:
- bib template, download the pdf template here
- 8 1/4" x 9 1/4" base fabric
- 2 strips: 1 1/2" x 12" for the ruffle
- 2 strips: 1 1/2" x 12" for the bib ties
- 8" x 8" backing fabric
- small pieces of fabric for a patch, if you choose to add one
Let's get started!
Step 1: Fold your base fabric in half and press to create a crease. Open the fabric and draw a line 1 3/4" to the right and left of the center crease.
Step 2: Press the two long ruffle strips in half, lengthwise, right sides facing out. Line up the raw edges of one ruffle strip to the inside of the right line and stitch in place, tucking the fabric under and over to create ruffle. Repeat on left side.
Step 3: Next, fold the fabric snugly over the raw edge of the ruffle on the right and press with your iron. Sew a 1/4" seam down the fold. Repeat on the left side.
Step 4: Press both ruffles so that they are facing outwards. Then top stitch.
Step 5: Center the bib template onto back of the base fabric. (Fold your template in half, lengthwise, and use the center fold as a guide). Trace with pencil or disappearing ink pen. Cut around the bib shape leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
Step 6: Make your ties (or forget all this and just use ribbon). Fold your tie fabric pieces in half lengthwise, right sides facing inward. Sew along the length and one end with a 1/8" seam. Turn right sides out. Top stitch, if you like. Sew to top of bib.
Step 7: Pin bib front to backing, right sides facing one another. Secure the bib ties to the center bottom of the bib, the same spot where you will be leaving a 2 1/2" opening for turning the bib right sides out. Stitch along your traced line. Pull the bib right side out. Press with iron.
Step 8: Top stitch bib about a millimeter from outer edge, all around entire bib. This will close your opening and the bib is now finished... unless you'd like to add a little patch. I am definitely a fan of the patch ~ all it takes is a little scrap of some cute fabric. For this bib, I appliqued two stacked patches using my trusty Wonder Under and a zigzag stitch. Tada!
It's ready to get dirty!! ha! Fyi, for this bib I used Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda for the base fabric, DS Quilts collection Fairground Modern Texture in yellow for the ties, and the patch fabric is a Sevenberry print, I think.
Now go ahead... get started! You know someone who's having a baby, right? Happy sewing!