We all know how babies and toddlers love to really experience their food.....I got tired of oxy cleaning every single shirt so I thought I'd make a bib that would cover the chest and sleeves and help keep those clothes just a little cleaner during mealtime.
This bib is made from PUL and bound with fold-over-elastic (FOE). I like using these materials because you can wash on hot and not worry about loosing waterproofing. Remember to pre-wash your FOE because it shrinks. You could use some other waterproof material (ripstop nylon?) and bind with poly/cotton binding from Joann's.
Download pattern. Some download times are long.
After downloading the pattern, cut out the pieces and tape them together by matching the corresponding dashed lines.
Cut on the fold and cut one of the bib and one of the pocket pattern.
Sew FOE onto the top of the pocket and the end of the sleeves. Start by sewing the FOE by itself using a wide and close together zig zag (or a three step zig zag). After you have sewn 1" lift the foot and insert the PUL, lower the foot. With the FOE encasing the PUL, zig zag all along until you come to the end. Trim the FOE to the edge of the PUL.
Here is what it will look like when you have the FOE binding the pocket and the sleeve edge.
Fold right sides together of sleeve portion of the shirt bib and sew a straight stitch with a seam allowance of 1/4" to create the sleeve. Zig zag over the end of the FOE so it doesn't fray. Repeat for the other sleeve.
Pin and sew the pocket piece onto the bib using a straight stitch, sew as close to the edge as possible. You could also use a glue stick to tack the pocket piece down before sewing on the FOE.
Starting at the back, top wing, begin sewing the FOE elastic onto the edges just as you did for the sleeve edge and trough piece. Run the FOE all along, do your best to keep it straight through all the curves and seams of the bib. Go slow and always check to make sure the FOE is properly wrapped around the fabric and is being sewn down by the needle.
Sew the FOE around the neck line in a similar manner.
Trim off the ends of the FOE at the wings and then sew an additional piece to finish the edge.
Zig zag over the edges onto the wrong side of the bib and trim.
Add snaps (or velcro) so that the wings will overlap to close.
Here's the bib on Jonah (11 months) with rolled up sleeves and room to grow.
Here's the bib on Cai (2 3/4 years) fitting just right.
Friday, April 4, 2008
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Thank You SO much for this!! I've been searching all over the internet for a sewing pattern for my messy little money and I'm very grateful to you for posting it for free!! Thanks x 1,000!! :)
No problem! I'm so glad you find the pattern helpful:)
I love it! I made this bib out of fleece so I skipped the FOE. I made the neck into a turtle neck and it just goes right over his head! It's soooo cute and I'll be making a few more tonight.
Thank you for the free pattern. AND thanks very much for the illustrations about using FOE. Cordially, but late, Nehmah
Oops, I meant to ask how much PUL and FOE this pattern calls for. I'm not great at sewing, but I think I can take on this project!
I would start with at least 2yds foe and 1/2 pul. You won't need exactly that much but you will certainly be safe with that amount. :)
Thanks a gazillion! This is EXACTLY what I needed! (Where I live now, we can't find anywhere!!)
All the best!
Thank you so much for the pattern and EXCELLENT step-by-step instructions + photos!! Can you believe the store here is selling these for $30 a pop? You just saved me a bundle.
Hi, thanks for this pattern. It worked out really well. I just wanted to let you know though that you probably need more than 2yrds of FOE. I made the bib smaller as my LO is only 6 months and 2yds was just enough!
Thanks again, Ann
Wanna say thank you for the free shirt bib pattern, it worked out great and saved me for a lot of money ...... from Denmark
Thank you for the pattern, this is exactly what I was looking for :)
Do you have any suggestions on how to do the sleeves without using FOE? I am just going to use regular binding and make it a tie back instead of snaps or velcro. I dont want to buy the FOE for just the sleeves. Oh, my local JoAnns carries PUL I was so excited when I found it there. Thanks
I actually used binding for the first ones I made so just go ahead and follow the instructions but use the binding for everything instead of foe.
Having a tie back is a great idea!
LOVE This! And all your other patterns as well (especially the easy up and down pants)! Thank you a zillion.
Any PUL that I have seen has the waterproofing on the INSIDE- so are you making the bibs with the laminated side on the inside? This would still allow wetness to leak to the inside, since the "waterproofness" is only one-way. Or are you putting the laminated side out, and the "pretty" side on the inside?
I have seen PUL laminated on either the inside or the outside but the PUL I used was diaper-style PUL and it was laminated on the inside. The outer fabric of the PUL was a 100% polyester. This does get wet but the wetness does not soak through the laminated part underneath. I suppose if the lamination was on top that would be better but that is not what I had! I hope this helps!
Works with oilcloth/the new laminated cottons nicely, and you don't have to worry about which side's waterproof and which side's pretty. One note - ripstop nylon (what IKEA's are made from) is not waterproof, just water resistant... eat enough juicy fruits and it'll go through :)
Thank you for posting this pattern! It is a sanity saver for me!!
I would love to get a copy of the pattern but cant seem to locate it. It keeps telling me the page is expired. Any help would be awesome!
I made these for my son and they worked great up until he was about 18 months old and then they seemed too small. I'd love to make some that are larger, do you have a larger pattern for an older child?
Wish there were dotted lines as to where the pieces are to match. Had a hard time figuring what piece goes where and at what point.
Also it would be helpful if an approximate yardage needed for this project and what size this bib is for i.e. 6 mos old, 1 yr old etc. Otherwise, I do appreciate the pattern.
May I please have the measurements for the pattern. Same size as Cai. I cannot print out the pattern, but I can recreate it with a pattern with the measurements on it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you consider adapting this pattern into a long-sleeved surgical gown? We have so many providers right now that are in need of sewn gowns, but I cannot find a pattern. Please let me know!
Thanks so much! The pattern printed perfectly and I made one for my grandson this morning.
To save on FOE I only used it on the neck and sleeves and turned under the edges on the rest and zigzagged. I also used pul scraps so I added a center seam since my piece was too small to do on fold.
Very thankful for your sharing!
Here is a photo~ https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10159621008951554&set=a.10150998483751554
LOVE this pattern--found it in 2012 and have been making MANY and enlarging them as needed, using PUL. I will try the stretchy polyester on the sleeves, as a cuff, for the next ones I make. I have put that polyester on the largest size I make so the grandkids can pull them on by themselves. I have always used velcro as the neck fastener for the small size.
I am very happy with this pattern and my daughter will be even happier when she feeds my granddaughter!
I send my thanks for it!
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