How to make a Bandana Bib

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My name is Anoushka. I’m married to my Husband Alister we have 2 boys, Jackson aged 11 years and Hugo aged 7 months. I work full time as a technical trainer in an engineering environment and decided I needed something girly in my life! I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew so back in April this year I decided to buy Hilda (my Toyota DFL machine) and join a weekly evening sewing class at my local community centre.
I absolutely love the classes and I’m learning so many new things every week. I’ve now got the confidence to try out new projects at home, the bandana bib being one of my favourites as I had been spending a small fortune on buying these bibs from businesses online at around £4-5 each! I can now make 4 of these bibs for the same price using brand new material (patterned cotton backed with fleece) but this design can also be made even cheaper using old baby grows/clothes lined with flannelette sheets or virtually anything else you can find.
I personally love using button fasteners on this design as there are so many to chose from and they look so cute but you can use popper fasteners or velcro (new or from old clothing) if you like.
How to make a Bandana Bib
You will need:
  • Material for bib front (cotton, old baby grow etc)
  • Material for bib back (can be the same as the front but for this I used fleece as it’s lovely, soft and absorbent)
  • Matching thread
  • A button or any other type of fastener
  • Pins
  • 1 x A3 sheet of paper
  • Pen
  • Paper scissors
  • Dressmaking scissors
  • Small sharp embroidery scissors or scalpel (to cut inside button hole)
  • Sewing machine
  • Button hole foot (if you chose to use a button)
  • Dressmakers chalk or pencil
  • Hand sewing kit (to sew on the button)

Step by step:

1. Take an A3 piece of paper and lay it down on a flat surface

 
2. Fold the bottom right corner up until it meets the left edge
3. Fold the bottom left corner up until it meets the right edge
4. Using a ruler and pen mark a line (copying the picture) this will contour the neck of the bib
4.1 Cut along the line that you marked (see picture)

5.  Unfold the paper and pull away your triangle bib pattern

6.  Fold the bib pattern in half and make a straight cut at the edge (see pic)
6.1 Your bib pattern is ready!

7. Pin the pattern to your back material and cut out

7.1 Repeat the process with your front material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Iron both front and back pieces (use a very low setting on the fleece)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Pin right sides together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Prepare your sewing machine and select a straight stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Start sewing about 3 inches away from the corner of the bib (reverse stitch a little at the beginning to ensure the stitching will    not undo later) give yourself a 1/4″ seam allowance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.1 Continue to sew 1/4″ from the edge all the way around the bib leaving a 2 inch gap from where you started (lock by reverse stitching again)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Turn the bib out the right way through the 2 inch gap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Top-stitch along the top edge of the bib with a 1/8″ seam allowance ensuring that you seal the 2″ gap closed along the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.1 Continue to top-stitch the 2 sides of the bib, giving yourself a larger seam allowance for a more decorative finish (about 1/4″)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Select your button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.1 Using some chalk or a dressmakers pencil mark the length of the button onto one corner of the bib. Attach your button hole foot to your machine and sew a button hole, mine is a 4-step:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.2 Step 1-sew bottom bar end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.3 step 2-sew left edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.4 step 3-sew top bar end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.5 step 4-sew right edge until it meets bottom bar end and finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.6 Using some very sharp embroidery scissors or a scalpel, cut a slit in the middle of the button hole, taking care not to cut any stitching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Sew your button onto the opposite corner and your bib is complete (see front, back and final pics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Room Upcycling Ideas – DIY Your Own Sewing or Desk Chair

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Are you done and dusted with your spring cleaning? Have you organised your work space but fancy giving it a bit of a fresh new look? Well, recently we were truly interested, impressed, and inspired by one very simple photo and you may well be too.

 

We were sharing some tweets with one of our lovely, and loyal, Home-Sewing community members and came across some very interesting images. We’ve been looking for a chair that will fit in a shabby chic style sewing room for the past 2 months. The walls are lined with Laura Ashley Duck Egg ‘Summer Palace’ Wallpaper and a matching ‘Jade White’ paint from Dulux finishes it off. The desk and bookcases are a white finish but that last item still remaining to complete the look is a chair in the shops. One that is comfortable and sturdy enough to sit at for hours of sewing but that will fit in well with the rest of the room.  We’ve searched every charity & vintage looking shop for one, and, after a brief exchange with Becky, the light bulb moment struck, and the answer is simple … paint one!

 

The images come from Becky Peddie, and were taken from Becky’s Twitter feed. This is the first image in which we spotted the chair and, just out of interest, we asked whether it was one Becky had upcycled herself.  Sure enough it was!

 

This next image shows the before and after, hasn’t she done such a good job!

I actually have a used dining chair I can use for the very job – saving me the long search for the perfect chair. Maybe you are the same! Becky has also very kindly shared some of her home-sewn patchwork chair cushions to complement the look and make them extra comfy to sit on. Just like Becky says, they are a great way to use up your excess fabrics from other projects .. “a good scrap buster project!”.

 

Our special thanks once again go to Becky for allowing us to share these with you and GOOD LUCK to everyone about to upcycle their own!!

 

To read more from and about Becky – check out this blog post “Becky Peddie … Mom Not Mum” .

 

Carolyn’s Sew & Tell – With Love

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We noticed recently a YouTube channel offering lots of helpful ideas and methods to help you sew some wonderful creations for yourself … and, as you know, we’re all for that here at Toyota Home Sewing. So, we wrote to Carolyn and asked her to do a special “Sew & Tell” especially for you. In the short exchanges we made with Carolyn we saw how lovely, friendly and passionate she is about sewing and her customers and we wish her all the best with the opening of her new shop in Edinburgh … be sure to pop in if you’re in the area – we will be!!
 
“My love of sewing and fashion has allowed me to create and mould my dream career around my little flat in Edinburgh.
After graduating in fashion in 2007 and feeling a little bewildered on what route to take, I soon found myself catching my first design job – creating a dress for a Miss Universe contestant. After this job, I felt that this was where I belonged – making women feel glamorous! Within 18 months, I am proud to say, from that day I have now built a dress label which has featured on the The Bachelor TV show and with various celebrity fans including Katie Piper and Millie Mackintosh.
Despite this rapid success the last year I still run my business from my little 1 bed flat in Edinburgh. However this is soon going to change as I open my first shop in Edinburgh later this month.
Throughout college I felt a little behind and less capable in my pattern cutting than my other class mates. I soon found out this was due to me having dyslexia. Despite this, dyslexia was never something which hindered me too much as I worked my own way around pattern cutting creating my own techniques. One thing that did bother me however was the first time I tried to sit down and follow a pre-made pattern. Everything suddenly became jumbled and I soon got frustrated and gave up. Rather that this being a negative thing I decided to put my dyslexia to good use. Along with my dress label I am also a Youtube partner giving tips on fashion and beauty on a budget. I decided to use my simplified pattern cutting techniques to turn the written instructions in video form. I created a series of short videos showing how to make your own celebrity red carpet dresses and sold the simplified patterns to go with the video guide. The video instructions make it easier to follow and the patterns have various symbols on them to match up the pattern pieces. My intention was to turn pattern cutting and dress making into a more accessible thing using 21st century technologies. I hoped to tap into young woman who maybe viewed dress making as complicated or old fashioned.
The thing I love most is when I am sent photos of girls all over the world wearing their dresses to proms & special events. It always puts a smile on my face.”
Carolyn Baxter has her own website of the same name that sells her unique designs & patterns and she also has her own YouTube channel that we think is just amazing and we are sure you will too … Here’s Carolyn’s personal recommendation especially for you  … How To Make Your Own Madison Dress
Check It Out .. Be Inspired!!

Josie’s Sew & Tell – The Fabric Godmother

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I LOVE dressmaking! The time spent bent over my sewing machine is my time, the challenges, the mistakes (I like to call them lessons) the triumphs when you work out something new! But most of all I love it when I wear a piece of clothing that I have made and somebody walks up to me and says I love your skirt/dress/coat etc … What a feeling of achievement and satisfaction.

It is not always easy, I have never had a professional sewing lesson in my life. Everything I learnt was through trial and error (with a bit of guidance from my Mum). Nowadays the internet, especially Bloggers and YouTube, is my sewing tutor. But I think just taking a chance is the best way to learn, give it a go and see what happens.

I get my inspirations from Magazines, High street (I love Zara and H&M for fashion forward styles) and the catwalk. I often see something I like and think ‘I could make that, but better’. I am 5ft 9” and 2 sizes bigger on the bottom that the top so buying high street clothes is a bit of a nightmare. By making your own clothes you can get something that really fits and suits you.

Last year I decided to turn my passion for sewing into my job, so I set up www.fabricgodmother.co.uk a website focused on selling dressmaking fabrics, boutique patterns and essential haberdashery. There were other websites out there but many of them focused on craft fabrics rather than dressmaking. I wanted a place where everybody from beginners to experienced dressmakers could find inspiration. As well as a shop my idea is for the website and the blog (www.fabricgodmother.blogspot.com) to become a sewing community inspiring and helping others to pull out their machines and make something.

Every day I write a sewing tip which goes out to my Facebook and Twitter followers giving them quick hints that can make their lives a little easier. Take a look, you may find the answer to that question that has been bugging you for ages.

 

Here are Josie’s Top Tips:

 

  • Always challenge yourself, never put in a concealed zip before? Use one in your next project … Tip: Iron the zip flat before sewing it in, you will be able to get the needle much closer to the teeth for a more invisible finish
  • Make sure you are using the right fabric, most patterns tell you what kind of fabrics are suitable to use. Make sure you stick to fabrics with similar properties. If you are not sure ASK! I am always happy to make recommendations to my customers if they don’t know what to use.
  • Read all the instructions on the pattern before beginning. Not only that, make sure you understand them all, look up on the internet anything you are not sure about.
  • Have fun! Only sew when you are feeling upbeat. Nothing brings on the unpicker like a bad mood. If you need to, set aside time in your diary when you want to sew, make sure you have no distractions, put on the radio or your favourite music and enjoy this time to indulge in what you love doing.

(Photo showing Josie behind the sewing machine at just 9rs old)

Happy sewing,

Love Josie x

 

 

 

 

Val’s Sew & Tell – Halloween Inspiration

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Val Houghton, our loyal Facebook friend & Toyota user, has kindly sent us some of her amazing “Sew & Tell” photos to share with our Toyota Home Sewing Community. And, well we thought, what better time to share this creation below considering we all need inspiring to get out the sewing machine and start making our annual costumes … Val shows us how it can be done:

 

We know that Val is in demand, and makes all sorts for everyone, she’s very talented!! But she explains that she made this particular costume for a friend who attended a Halloween themed dog agility class dressed as (you probably guessed it) … DRACULA!!

 

What costumes are you making? Why not send your creations, photos or ideas to our Facebook page, there’s a community of Home Sewing Followers who’d love to see!!