Thursday, April 30, 2015

Patchwork Bibs and Burp Cloths

My excitement for this little girl coming is only increasing! 6 months down, only 4 more to go! I have a friend that had made a set of Bibs very similar to these that sparked my inspiration. And I never pass up a sale of 50% off Snuggle Flannel at Jo-Ann's!

I used 3 different patterns in the Snuggle Flannel, 12 in of each, for the front. For the back you can also use Snuggle Flannel, but I chose to use 1/2 yard of Terry Cloth. It seems to soak up a little bit more!

There is a set of Bibs and Burp Cloths that my Step-Mom had made for my son that i loved. I used those as a guide when making my pattern.

Using the Bib and Burp Cloths that I already know I love, I traced them onto the the paper side of Freezer Paper. This helped me determine the fabric cut sizes I would need. Remember to add 1/2 inch for seam allowances.
 My pattern for the Bib measured 12"h x 10"w. Therefore I would need 3 fabric pieces that measure 4 1/2"h x 10 1/2"w. I made 3 bibs and 3 burp cloths, so I tripled how many fabric pieces I needed.

My pattern for the burp cloths measured 16"h x 8"w. I would need 3 fabric pieces that measure 6"h x 8 1/2"w.

Pin fabric pieces right sides together along their long edges.
 Sew a 1/4 inch seam along pinned edges.
 Open up the fabric and use your finger nail to flatten the seams.
 Making sure that the seams remain open, turn fabric over and sew a seam 1/8 inch away from opened seam. This will ensure that your pieces continue to lay flat, even after washing.

I chose to use a decorative stitch. Not only does it look pretty, but it helped me to make sure I was catching the edge of the seam underneath.

 Using your Freezer paper pattern, place it wax side down on your patchwork piece. Using an iron on low heat, iron the entire surface of your pattern. Cut along the edges with fabric scissors. Do this for all your bib and burp cloth pieces.

(Simply peel off Freezer paper and use on the next piece!)
 Do the same thing on your piece of Terry Cloth. Caution: This stuff makes a MESS when you are cutting it!!
Pin your Patchwork pieces and Terry cloth pieces right sides together. Sew a 1/4-1/2 inch seam around the edge of your bibs and burp cloths. REMEMBER: Leave an opening so that you can turn them right side out.
 Cut slits around all corners and curves to ensure they lay flat after turning right side out.

Once you have turned them right side out, tuck in your open edge so that it is even with the other edges. Sew a seam around the entire piece, backstitching once you have come back to where you started.
 I chose to use metal snaps on my bibs. My son was always able to get the velcro ones off! You can buy them with a tool, but I just borrowed my husbands pliers.
Make sure that your snaps are facing the opposite directions so that they lay flat when snapped.


  1. These are so cute, Adreanna. I love your choice of material and it is so cute how you patched the pieces together. Very creative and fun colors for you and your baby. I'm excited for you!

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I really appreciate the kind words =)

  2. Very cute indeed, and your tutorial is very good. Gotta love the sales and coupons at Jo-Ann's. I did not know about using freezer paper as a pattern. I'll remember that.

    1. Freezer paper stays in place a lot better than pinning down tissue paper. Thank you for the kind words!