Our daughter started daycare today as a 'trial run' before she starts full time next week. This trial was to be sure she'd do okay there, but in actuality I think it was more for me. I needed to be sure I was okay with her being there, so I don't become a complete emotional wreck on Monday when I start back to work. Needless to say I was a bit down today. The house was too quiet. It's only been 4 months since she's been around, yet somehow I can't even remember or imagine how things used to be without her here everyday. Her new-found giggles, her hiccups, her cooing, even her crying are music to my ears. I hoped the daycare provider was giving her at least HALF of the love and attention I give to her everyday.
Lately I've complained I don't have much free time to make anything. (Other moms out there >> I'm sure you can sympathize!) But today I felt a strong need to make something for her while she was away. So in between dropping her off, running to the store, cleaning the house and preparing meals, I managed to make a quick & easy baby bib and am providing a simple tutorial for it below. It's just 10 easy & quick steps. And if I can squeeze them into my day, so can you!
- Front Fabric (I used cotton) & Back Fabric (I used terry cloth)
- Matching Thread, Scissors, Pins
- A Baby Bib to trace as a pattern *OR* free-style it *OR* just google "bib patterns" or "bib templates" & visit one of many sites online that offer free bib templates such as one of these:
- HomeMade by Jill- Bib Template
- Blue Dinosaurs - Bib Pattern
- Velcro (or snaps) as a closure
Step 1. Choose & press your fabrics.
Step 2. Trace your pattern onto your front piece of fabric. I used an existing bib, folded it in half, and traced it onto the wrong side of a folded piece of fabric (Line the bib pattern almost right up to the fold being sure to add about 1/4" for seam allowance).
Step 3. Cut around the bib pattern, again being sure to add about a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around.
Step 4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 onto your back piece of fabric.
Step 5. Pin the two pieces of fabric right sides together.
Step 6. Sew the pieces together, leaving at least a 1" opening on the side to turn it right-side-out.
Step 7. Trim the seam allowance. I also make careful clips around the neck...um, because I saw that on someone else's tutorial once. (It's for making sure the round neck area lies flat.)
Step 8. Turn bib right side out. Press the bib. Turn the open section inward and pin together/closed.
Step 9. Top stitch around the entire bib.
Step 10. Sew on your closure (like your velcro pieces or some snaps).
That's it! Easy huh? Now just find the time to make one (or ten!) of these & go find a precious little one to model your new creation!