Festival Baby Bibs

Oh hey there, it’s been a while.

So, I made these summery festival bibs, thinking they would look uber cute with a plain white, yellow, or even hot pink bodysuit. My baby girl is due the end of May, just in time to welcome summer and the festival season in Japan.

This bib pattern is available as a free download from Purl Soho. I adore the oval shape, and the tied neck is so sweet. Over there you’ll find a step-by-step photo tutorial for making this bib. Bias tape guide is also included – come on, surely I’m not the only one scared of sewing with bias tape…

Very simple to make, even as a beginner you could sew a set in a couple of hours. If I made them again I would include a big seam allowance for ease of sewing around the curves. Be careful, the pattern doesn’t give a seam allowance at all because they only use one layer of material and edge it with bias tape. Which I didn’t realise until after I’d already cut my pattern pieces… So I had to sew very close to the edge. A big seam allowance would have given me a little more leeway matching up the two sides and keeping my curves nicely rounded. Take care to add a seam allowance to the pattern if you choose to sew double layers like I did.

To make these bibs as I made them (slightly different to the original tutorial) you’ll need;

  • main fabric
  • backing fabric
  • bias tape
  • lace or pompoms (optional)
  • sewing machine (or lots of patience to hand sew!)
  • scissors
  • pins

I used ‘gauze’ as my main fabric. It’s 100% cotton and really popular in Japan, almost like a strong muslin, and generally the more you wash it the softer it gets. Actually, these were small towels that I bought from the dollar store because I loved the vibrant prints. As backing fabric I used regular towelling, handy for wiping milk and drool.

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These bibs were really as simple as cut the pattern out and sew the pieces together. I probably complicated the process by adding the pompoms, but I would say beginner sewers could get into this project. If you want to give something handmade at a baby shower, or are a mum-to-be and find yourself with free time while waiting for baby to arrive, these are definitely a project worth a try.

It doesn’t say this on the original pattern, but I think these bibs are for smaller babies, maybe newborn-6 months. For babies older than 6 months perhaps look at a larger size bib and also a bib pattern with a button or velcro close that is easier to put on wrigglier, messier babies especially if you’re changing bibs more often when they begin teething and solid food.

I had enough fabric remaining to make some matching burp cloths. Drafting my own pattern, I simply drew a rectangle in a size that fit over my shoulder, traced the curve of the bib at either end and added a straight stretch in between. If you’re not feeling as adventurous but have some leftover fabric, sew up a couple of rectangular burp cloths, they will look adorable in a gift set with the bibs.

If you make these bibs, let me know. Post a photo in the comments below or on Instagram and tag me @goldendiamondcreative so I can see your handmade goodies! Of course, don’t forget to stop by the original designer’s blog and leave a comment thanking her for offering such an adorable free pattern.

Happy sewing!

{ Wren }

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4 thoughts on “Festival Baby Bibs

    1. Thanks Aki! I’m doing well. Baby gave us a bit of a scare, she wanted to arrive early. But I’m resting carefully and things seem to be settling down. At least on bed rest I’ve got lots of time for craft. 🙂

      The sakura are in full bloom in my town this week. Do you miss hanami in Japan?

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