Next time you need to give a gift to someone who is having a little boy, consider making these tuxedo bibs. They are cute, functional, and they make everyone smile.
- ½ yard plain flannel fabric for the front (makes 2 bib fronts including the ruffle)
- ½ yard fun flannel fabric for the back (makes 4 bib backs)
- ½ yard cotton fabric for the bias tape binding (or pick up pre-made ½ inch bias tape)
- Fabric scraps or fat quarters for the bow tie
- 5 x 5 inches of fusible interfacing
- 3 inches of 1 inch wide Velcro
- matching thread for front ruffle
- matching thread for the tape binding
- Tuxedo shirt bib pattern
Step 1: Cut the bib front from the solid color flannel with the pattern right side up (in this picture I am cutting two at the same time)
Step 2: Cut the bib back with the pattern upside down (here I am using the bib front placed with wrong sides of fabric together)
Now I have two bib fronts with matching backs. Note that the bibs will be joined by bias tape, so you will put the wrong sides together.
Step 3: Cut 1 of the extra piece from the same solid color flannel. (I use the center cut out portion from the bib)
Step 4: Cut 1 of the extra piece from the soft Velcro. (this will be the piece that velcro’s toward the baby’s neck, so do not use the rough side of the Velcro)
Step 5: Cut 1 of the end piece from the rough side of the Velcro
See how the pieces will be added to make the adjustable Velcro neck…
Step 6: Cutting the ruffles…. If you are making a bib that is a little bigger than my pattern, you might want to make your own ruffle pattern too. First measure the length of your bib, then find something with that same measurement or use your kid’s compass.
Draw a donut starting with the inner circle, then make an outer circle that is 1 ½ inches wider around the outside. Note that the inner circle of your donut should be equal to or greater than the length of your bib.
Cut 4 of the donuts from the solid color flannel. Cut through one side of the donut so you can open it up like this:
Step 7: Sew the ruffles onto the bib front using a matching color thread and any decorative stitch you like. I like the arched stitch. My machine lets me flip the direction so I can make it the left a mirror image of the right side.
First pin the inner pieces as close to the center as you can, then pin the outer pieces so they are overlapped by the inner pieces. Unpin the center piece and sew the outer ones onto the bib front first.
After you sew on the outer ones, go ahead and sew on the inner ones. (remember to use the mirror image if you want the same look as mine)
Cut any excess off so the ruffles do not go past the bottom of the bib.
Step 8: Sew the extra piece onto the bib front using a ½ inch seam allowance. (this should attach on the right side when looking at the bib laid flat on a table)
Step 9: Sew the rough Velcro piece onto the bib front using a zigzag stitch to secure the exposed edge that will not be covered by the bias tape. (this should attach on the left side when looking at the bib laid flat on a table)
Note that because the rough Velcro will be on the front of the bib, it will be facing away from baby’s neck.
Step 10: Overlap the bib back on top of the soft Velcro piece and sew the pieces together using a zigzag stitch to secure the exposed edge of the flannel that will not be covered by the binding tape.(Check that when the bib front is placed over the bib back that the Velcro is facing down toward the baby’s neck)
Step 11: Sewing on the bias tape binding….(see this tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company on how to make your own bias tape) With the wrong sides together on your bib, open up the bias tape and pin to the front of the bib. Try to line up the edge of the bias tape to the edges of the fabric.
Sew along the crease line catching all three layers of fabric. Make sure to sew through the ruffles when you get to them to tack them down. Then fold the bias tape over the raw edges and pin it to the back of the bib. You might need to trim any extra fabric to make sure you will catch the back of the trim when you re-stitch the front. Using thread that matches your trim, stitch in the ditch around the trim catching the back trim.
Step 12: Making the bow tie….Cut a square piece of fabric approximately 5 inches by 5 inches, then iron on a piece of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Then fold the fabric in half, right sides together and sew around the outside leaving at least 1 inch open. Clip the corners so you can turn it inside out easier. Then turn it inside out and press with the iron.
Cut another strip of fabric 2 inches by 4 inches for the center of the bow tie. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together and sew the long side and one end leaving the other end open. Clip the corners then turn it inside out and press with an iron.
I fold the bow tie back and forth like an accordion with the two ends ending up in the same direction (the two ends should face the back). I make the folds approximately ¼ inch each. Then with a matching thread I hand sew the center of the bow tie to hold those folds. You can cut down the center piece so it wraps around the bow tie and hand stitch it on with the ends to the back. Then hand stitch the bow tie center to the bib front. I tack down each end with a hidden stitch too.