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Sunday, March 06, 2016

DIY Dishcloth Bandana Bib

Baby crafts are my favorite!  I love making things for tiny humans.  I have some friends and family having babies this year, so I'm making lots of things for the little people on the way.
Every baby needs a bib, right?  Whether it's for eating or for the immense drooling, bibs are necessary.  When Harlow went through a drooling stage that soaked her clothes, I was so sad that I had to cover her cute clothes with boring bibs.  The solution: fashionable bibs.  Bandana bibs are all over the internet right now, and they're the cutest way to protect your baby's gentle skin.
My sister-in-law is having a baby this summer, and I found some adorable footie pajamas for a Christmas gift.  I still had to make something myself, though!
Bandana bib to the rescue!

Here's how I made my simple bib:
Grab a cute dishcloth (yep, there are cute dishcloths out there!).  A dishcloth will be absorbent and hold up well to lots of washing.

Cut the cloth in half.  You'll only use one half of the cloth.
Fold over the top (side you just cut) of the bib to make a hem.

Sew the hem down with a zig zag stitch.  Or whatever stitch you want.  I think a zig zag will hold up better after multiple washings, but what do I know?  Do what you want!  (This step is not pictured.)
Sew velcro to each corner at the top.  Using velcro that needs to be sewn on will hold up better than stick on velcro.  You don't want to be at a restaurant and velcro fall off.  You'll be washing this a lot, and you don't want to have to reattach velcro after every washing.  Just sew it on.  Trust me on this one.
Now you have a bib that isn't blah or bland.  It's like a baby's first accessory!  The fashion possibilities are endless with the different dishcloth patterns you can find.

You can make this in no time with minimal sewing experience and not a lot of expense.  This would make a great baby shower gift.  Can adults wear these too? ;)
Extra Credit: If you want to step up your game a bit, you can make the bib reversible.  Pick what fabric you want on the other side.  Sew right sides together leaving a small opening, flip inside out, top stitch all around, then sew on the velcro.
Here's a couple reversible bibs I made.



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