DIY Bib Scarf
First, let me answer the question I know is on everyone’s mind: “Where did you find that super cute baby?” Answer: I made her! Yep, that’s my little one, and she’s quite the model. Like all moms out there, I try to make sure she’s modern and cool, at least most of the time. That being said, I found these super cute little scarf bibs from H&M (which I, of course, purchased instantly), and I just knew I had to make some more to add to her wardrobe! I loved that they were scrunchy, like a scarf, which I hadn’t really seen before. Who knew you could be so fashion-conscious and mess-ready at the same time?! So, I got to work. I used the H&M bibs to make my own little pattern and just kept tweaking until I got the look I wanted. And here it is – my first tutorial ever, complete with instructions and pattern pieces. I would love to answer your questions or get feedback, and I’d love to see pics of your finished products! Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
– scrap fabrics (you can use the same or different fabrics for the front/back)
*I like to use jersey with a bit of stretch for the back, but you can try any fabrics!
– front and back bib pattern
– Liquid Stitch
– snap setter tool (unless you are using sew-on snaps)
– basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine, etc)
1. Download and print out the free pdf pattern from above. You will need to cut out 2 pieces – one for the front, and one for the back. One is bigger than the other – this is what creates the scrunchy, scarf look.
2. Fold your fabric pieces in half and place the straight edge of the pattern piece along the fold. Like this:
3. Trace and cut one piece for the front, one for the back.
4. With right sides together, pin all the way around, so that the edges match up on both the inside and outside. I start with single pins at each closure tip, as well as a pin at the bottom “V” of the scarf. Then, work your way pinning half way between pins at a time. It will feel like it’s a mess, but trust me, you’re doing it right. Pinning is the most important step! Make sure to pin edges to edges. It will look like this:
5. Mark about ¼” all the way around the bib. This step is important if you’re a sloppy seamstress, like myself! It takes a bit of extra time, but it helps to have a line to follow while I’m sewing! If you’re not sloppy like me, you can skip the marking and just move on to step 6.
6. Using your sewing machine, sew all the way around, following your line, leaving a small hole along the side open. Because I used jersey knit for the back, I chose to use a small zig zag stitch to allow for a bit of stretch. However, you can also use a straight stitch, and it will work just fine.
7. Trim around the edges of your seam (optional) and turn the whole thing right side out. Then, iron the edges flat, making sure to iron the opening, folding the raw edges inside.
8. Close the open hole, using either a hand stitch or Liquid Stitch. I use Liquid Stitch to close the opening. I LOVE Liquid Stitch and recommend it for anyone who may not be the best hand-stitcher (like me:). It dries quickly, and it holds up to wear, washing machines, and dryers!
9. Optional – topstitch about a ¼” all the way around the bib. This step is optional, because you might like the look without the top stitch, especially after ironing. If you don’t want a top stitch, you can skip this one!
10. Add your snaps. You can use sew-on snaps and hand-sew them on, or you can use a snap setter tool (like this one) to add your snaps.
And, there you have it – your very own scarf bib! This size should fit a baby up to at least 12 months. If you need to fit it on a smaller baby, you could just add an extra snap (or even use Velcro) further in, so it’s a bit adjustable. Now, go put it on a baby and be proud of your accomplishment!