Completed: Baby Bandana Bib

Recently one of my daughter’s daycare teachers went on maternity leave. The daycare asked all parents if they wanted to give her a small gift so they could surprise her on her last day. My husband immediately suggested washing detergent to get rid of those inevitable yellow poop stains. I thought that as a day care teacher she is already well aware of this less pleasant part of parenthood and something a bit cuter would probably be more appreciated.

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It doesn’t actually close around my dress form’s neck.

My sewing time is limited at the moment and I have a lot of larger projects going on so progress feels really slow. Sometimes it is nice to make something that only takes a small amount of time to create to experience that “I made something!” rush. I decided to combine the urge to finish something with the need for a small gift and made a bib to catch that endless stream of drool a young baby is bound to produce at some point.

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The pattern is the Bandana Bib pattern from simplysmallwonders.com (the account now appears to have been suspended, so I seem to have downloaded the pattern just in time…). It can be made from woven and knit fabrics, I chose knits because I think knits probably feel nicer against baby’s skin. The tutorial suggested adding an extra layer of woven fabric in between the two knit layers and I think this worked out really well. To make the bib somewhat adjustable I added two snaps on one side and one on the other.

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I made size 0-6 months, but when I compared it to some bibs I used for my own daughter I think they’ll fit for longer. Or the printer didn’t print it exactly to size which I can’t check because the pattern didn’t come with a box to check the pattern printed correctly. For an item like this I don’t think it’s much of an issue though if it turns out slightly larger than intended.

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I am very pleased with how this bib turned out and will probably use this pattern more often for quick baby gifts.

10 comments on “Completed: Baby Bandana Bib

  1. katechiconi says:

    Very cute, and I love the fabric! I’ve never understood why babies were doomed to wear so many sugary pastels with kitsch designs; this bold graphic print is much more attractive.

    • Emmely says:

      Thank you! I know what you mean about baby fabrics…. I have no clue whether the teacher is having a boy or a girl so I thought this print would work for both.

  2. dezertsuz says:

    It’s wonderful! Those brighter colors are visible to babies much sooner than pastels. In fact, red is one of the first color cones to develop in the eye! You did a great job on even this small thing – the snaps were a terrific idea to make it last longer and be more useful.

  3. Yay! It’s very cool – like Kate says, waaaay better than the twee pastelly stuff you get in the shops. I bet this gift was really appreciated!

  4. I found out about this blog from @tierneycreates. Is it wrong that I would sport this bib proudly as an accessory. Almost like a partial undershirt. I could see that being a great pocket handkerchief, or tie, or bowtie.

    • Emmely says:

      Welcome! And no, I don’t think that’s wrong at all. This fabric print is definitely not just for babies, (I probably didn’t even get it from the kids section of the fabric store) the size of this bib is though. But in a larger size, why not wear it as an adult? ;-)

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