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.
No 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.
No 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.
No 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?