Thursday, April 26, 2012

Taggie Baby Bib

If you have a baby in your life, you know how babies love to chew on tags and nowadays there are a lot of toys and blankets for babies made with pieces of folded ribbon to accommodate that love.  However, toys are thrown and blankets easily dropped so when baby wants that 'taggie', it's usually on the floor or out of reach.  Here's a way to keep the taggie handy and also help catch some of the drool a teething baby generates.

First, find a pattern.  You can either use a bib you already have as a guide or download a pattern off the internet.  (I would provide a link but I forgot where I downloaded this pattern.)

I used 2 complimentary pieces of flannel, both 1/3 yard, and found I can get 4 bibs out it.  Depending on your pattern, that may vary.

Cut the fabric one piece on top of the other, with the RIGHT sides facing, so that you have 2 cut pieces.

Next, cut some ribbon about 3 inches long.  Fold the ribbon in half and pin to one of cut pieces. (I used grosgrain ribbon here but I think babies prefer the smooth ribbon so that's what I'll use from here on out.)

Put both cut pieces together with right sides facing and pin together with the edges even.

Leaving about a 3 inch space on one side (for turning), stitch all the way around the bib using a 1/2" seam.

Notch or cut the rounded edges then turn the bib right side out and press.

 Cut a small square of Velcro and sew to the ends of the bib.   Sew 1/4" all the way around the bib making sure to close the opening you used for turning. 
And there you have it!  A happy little taggie bib for a happy little baby.

Personalized Dollar Tree Travel Mugs

Here's a quick and easy little project for anyone with an embroidery machine.  These dandy little travel mugs can be found at your local Dollar Tree. Yup!  You can buy one of these babies for only a buck!  Super easy and super cute and super cheap (especially if you use fabric scraps you already have on hand).
Using the paper insert that comes with the mug as a template, cut out a stiff heavyweight piece of interfacing to use as a guide and a pattern for future mugs.

 Cut the fabric you want to use as the insert about ¼ inch from the edge of the template.

Fold the edges of the fabric over the template and press.

Remove the template and edge stitch all the way around.

Hoop up the fabric and some stabilizer then embroider.   Press flat.


Insert the fabric and Voila!  Personalized mugs!

(Remember to remove inserts before washing the mugs.)