I’ve been busy today. Not only sewed up my first sample for my latest trouser pattern but made some time to knock together a couple of bandana dribble bibs for Ellie. She’s just 3 months now but has really started to ooze saliva all the time and is getting a bit sore around her chins! I think the beginnings of a tooth and her over zealous raspberry blowing are the culprits but as I can’t stop either, the dribble bib it is!
I chose to make the outer side in bright coloured fabric to match some of her outfits (the first one I made in a blue butterfly print to match her afternoon tea dress). I also had some fleece and terry bamboo that I had bought for making nappy inserts. I used both as the under layers on different bibs to trial them and see which is best. They are both soft against the sore skin but the bamboo is supposed to have naturally antibacterial properties and is super absorbant, yet the fleece may be better at wicking the moisture away from the skin. I nearly used both – a fleece outer and bamboo inner but it would have gotten a bit fat and definately too warm, even for our rubbishy english summer.
Here’s how I make my bandana dribble bibs:-
1) Draw pattern and cut fabric. I drew an asymetrical scarf shape so that it would look more like a real scarf when worn, rather than a triangle hanging off the neck! My template can be downloaded for free from the store as soon as I get the PDF ready. I cut one piece from my patterned fabric, and another slightly smaller piece from the fleece or bamboo. If the bamboo layer is smaller then if gives a bit of gather to the upper fabric and helps create a more scarf-like bib.
2) Pin the bib together along the edges, right sides of the fabric facing togther. I started pinning the straight edge first and then moved to the point and started pinning again. You need to pull the edges of the fabric so that they meet and there is no longer an overlap. If you turn the bib over you will see how the larger patterned fabric kind of puckers a bit – this will give the bib more of a tied bandana look as it won’t lie flat and one dimensional if it is made this way.
3) Sew the seams together. I allowed a 3/8″ seam on my template. Because fleece and bamboo are more slippy to handle than the cotton upper, I made sure to sew with the cotton on the bottom so that the machine had no complaints about dragging it through. I didn’t sew the ends of the bib shut as I needed an opening to turn it right side out (bit tight but the fleece was quite stretchy so it was fine), which I did after tidying up my seamed edges with the pinking shears.
4) Turn the right way out and then poke the open edges of the seams in on each other and sew shut. I added a few spaced out poppers to allow for baby to grow a bit and the bib to fit different sizes. Velcro would also work well but I hate washing velcro bibs as they always come out stuck onto everything else - very annoying!
(Ellie is modelling the one I’d made earlier!)