Hi fellow quilters,
We hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend! Today’s gift idea is especially fun if you have a brand-new family member this Christmas.
Idea #4: Make a bib for the new baby!
How cute is this little appliqued bib for baby!!! A real, live baby would probably be cuter for my picture, but I don’t have access to a real baby. Luckily for me, Olaf didn’t object to posing with my “Gifted Raccoon” bib.
Start with a basic bib pattern or trace a ready-made bib onto paper to make your own pattern. There are lots of free patterns available online if you don’t have a favorite yet. Add a cute applique to the bib after you cut it out, centering the design on the fabric. Ms P Designs’ applique patterns, available from our Pattern Shop, are designed to fit a 7″ square block, which is just the right size to embellish a baby’s bib. Pick your favorites and have fun choosing fabric to coordinate with the applique design.
I decided to use our “Gifted Raccoon Christmas Elf” applique pattern to decorate this cute bib. The bright colors that I used to make my raccoon applique contrast well with the green and white snowflake print on the bib background. The applique edges are finished with a machine blanket stitch, so it should hold up well through multiple washings.
I lined my bib with a layer of soft, absorbent flannel and used contrasting fabric on the reverse side. If you want to embellish your bib, you could choose to add lace, fabric piping, or rick-rack to the bib edges before finishing. I went for a simple and gender-neutral look, and just edge-stitched around the finished bib to help it lay flat, even after laundering, and then finished the bib with an easy hook and loop closure.
Now all that I need is a real baby! (Just kidding! I love babies, but I really don’t need one this year.) I hope that you’re inspired to create something colorful (and absorbent) for your favorite tiny person!