My sister-in-law is pregnant with her third child, and Baby Month was the perfect excuse for me to make something for her. When my kids were babies, I loved the catcher style bib with a pocket on the front. That pocket caught all sorts of spills. The kids could grab food out of there and keep eating, no help from Mummy required! (And umm, they also work wonders if you have a pukey baby – no further comment required…)
The store-bought ones are plastic-y and plain, and just lack the personality of a handmade bib. And they’re no good for wiping up faces when the feeding session has finished. So I designed this baby bib with a catcher pocket:
Unfortunately, I don’t have any models willing to wear a bib these days, so I had to get the wonderful Bentley Bear to step in, to show you what it looks like on:
I made it from a cheap towel and fabric scraps, and I lined the inside of the pocket with Procare to make it a bit easier to keep clean in there – but that’s optional
So here’s a tutorial for how to sew a baby bib with a pocket. And as an added bonus, the pocket for this one actually stands out (unlike other tutorials I’ve seen) so the pocket actually catches spills.
20cm x 35cm piece of terry cloth or towelling (a cloth nappy would also be great)
10cm x 20cm scrap of feature fabric
10cm x 20cm piece of Procare (or another piece of feature fabric)
Small piece of hook and loop tape (Velcro)
1.5m bias tape
Sewing Machine, Scissors, Thread etc
1. Print and cut out the baby bib pattern template from here. There are two pieces, the bib and pocket.
2. Cut out one bib piece from terry cloth, one pocket from your feature fabric and one pocket from Procare.
3. Place the two pockets pieces with WRONG sides together. Pin bias tape across the top (straight) side:
4. Sew bias tape into place.
5. Pin pocket to the front of the bib piece, matching the top up with the pattern marking and following the curve.
6. Sew a long basting stitch along bottom edge of pocket, approximately 1/4 inch from the edge.
7. Pin the hook (scratchy) tape to the front of the bib at the pointy corner. Pin the loop tape (the softer one) to the back of the end of the neck strap. Sew both pieces into place. Since this can get a bit of wear and tear, especially with kids pulling on their bib, I sew around the edge and across both diagonals.
8. Pin bias tape around the outer edge of the bib. (This is the quick and not always neat way of sewing bias tape. Open up the bias tape, sew to the front and then fold back over and sew in place if you want to make sure you have a neat finish).
9. Sew the bias tape into position.
And there you have a cute bib with a nice pocket for catching spills.
What’s your favourite bib pattern?