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)