Completed: baby bibs

Still no new completed UFOs, but some baby bibs because I am really behind in the gifts making department. Seriously, there is a baby boom going on around here and if I didn’t know any better I’d be worried that some kind of baby creating virus is causing an epidemic. I suppose getting closer to 30 than 20, or even 25 for that matter, does the trick as well…

I decided that I should at least finish something for all the babies that have already arrived. It would probably also be a good idea to start making things for all the babies that will be arriving soon since their numbers seem to be increasing each month, but I’ll worry about that later…

I needed something fast and simple and chose bibs because I hadn’t made bibs in a while. Since the babies are already here I personalised the fronts with their initials (being late does have some advantages). To make it perfect, each child has a different initial so I had every reason to make 3 completely different bibs! I don’t like making exactly the same thing over and over again because that turns sewing into a chore.

corduroy baby bibNo 1: Corduroy front with cotton applique, cotton back and bias tape straps. The outside of the letter is appliqued with a machine zig zag stitch. The inside is hand-embroidered with the blanket stitch. This was a happy accident because I didn’t notice I had forgotten to do that part of the letter until after I had sewn everything else. I think it adds a nice touch.

quilted baby bibNo 2: Self-drafted foundation paper pieced front, Kona cotton and Hobbs 80/20 batting. The bib is quilted and finished with bias tape binding and strap. Yes, I was going for fast & simple and then decided to make my own paper piecing pattern and quilted the bib, I accept that this probably only makes sense to me. This bib is definitely my favourite, I just love this colour combination.

baby bibNo 3: By this time I was getting bored with attaching bias tape so I used a different method to attach the straps which didn’t turn out perfect but it does the job. I’ve always called this babyrib fabric “the Coronovirus fabric” because the shapes on the front are exactly what you see when you look at Coronaviruses with an electron microscope. I am hoping the baby’s mom will notice this as well.

What are your favourite baby gifts to make? If you have children of your own, what were the favourite hand-made gifts you received?

November 21, 2013

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

read more

You may also like...

Completed: Don’t waste thread

Completed: Don’t waste thread

During the Christmas break of 2021/2022 I made a couple of small whole cloth quilts. I wanted a project that I could...

MQG swap 2023

MQG swap 2023

Each year the Modern Quilt Guild organizes the MQG swap in which 2 participants are matched up to make a mini quilt...


  1. ginsthings

    Cute bibs! I love sewing these kinds of things too, super quick and very practical. The other option is puke cloths for the shoulder and wash cloths, quick and easy.

    • Emmely

      Thank you! Cloths are also good ideas, I’ve never made any, but I think they would probably be even faster to make.

  2. ukcitycrafter

    Great bibs, when my children were small I would have liked to receive (sadly never happened!) bought vests/baby-grows which had been hand embroidered with baby’s name or a pretty motif.

    • Emmely

      Oh, I think that is a good idea! I quite like doing hand embroidery and it is something I do in the living room when I otherwise would just watch tv.

  3. Rob O'Neill

    This is amazing! I like these bibs and I could say that you are very talented person. I admire your creativity. I wish you put some patterns on how did you make these bibs of yours. For sure many people would love it too. Cute bibs and neat post!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.