Although I have no kids yet, I love sewing for all of the little ones that belong to my friends and family. In fact, today's project is one that I will be gifting to a couple of friends from the gym who are expecting! The gym owner and I conspired to make a gift out of one of their logo T-shirts, so we can claim our youngest member. :)
By the way, I love the idea of taking all kinds of adult-sized T-shirts to upcycle into bibs. It would be great for all of those school T-shirts, so your baby can have the same school spirit as you! Or why not make them one to support your work or favorite sports team? I know that my guy has more than enough company T-shirts that could be upcycled into a cute bib one day. The possibilities are endless!
OR you can trace an existing bib, making sure to add seam allowance
OR make a pattern of your own!
2 x 2" square of hook & loop tape (AKA Velcro)
Optional, but recommended: Flannel lining, for stabilization
1. First cut up the side seams so you can work with the front and back of the shirts separately.
2. Before cutting your pattern pieces, make sure that you can center the logo onto the pattern piece by laying it on top. This may require a couple of edits to your pattern piece. Coincidentally, mine had the two kinds of problems that you may encounter. More work for me, but better for this tutorial!
However, if the logo first perfectly onto the pattern piece, go ahead and skip to step 3!
If your logo is too large, you can either cut into the logo if it isn't important OR extend the pattern piece a bit, like I showed here.
Also, the bib "arms" might go into the neck portion of the piece like mine does. All you will have to do is cut the piece and add some seam allowance. See below for the pictures.
I chopped off the two arms of the front piece and cut all three pieces separately.
These are the two "arms" I cut out. I just made sure to position them on the T-shirt right-side up and I added a bit of seam allowance so the arms didn't end up too short.
3. The back piece (and lining) is much easier to cut because you can position it basically anywhere on the shirt. Just make sure to flip the pattern piece over because you don't want to end up with the wrong side of the fabric showing.
4. Sew the arms back onto the front piece. Press open the seams.
5. Next, you are going to want to sew the hook & loop tape, but do not place it all the way at the edge or else it will get stuck in your seam allowance later. For some helpful tips on how to sew Velcro, check out this post!
Place the hook (sharper) side on the long arm of the back piece
Place the loop (softer) side on the short arm of the front piece
Now we have our assembled front piece, back piece, and flannel, if you are using it.
6. This is always the part that trips me up, so I'll explain it as best I can. You will want the three layers stacked up just right or else you will end up having to use your seam ripper...
Layer 1: Lining. It shouldn't matter which way it faces because it will be inside, but if it has a texture or print you want to hide, you will want that wrong side to be facing down. In other words, it will be right side up.
Layer 2: Front piece. That should be right side up.
Layer 3: Back piece. Right side down.
This means that your fabric will be right sides together with the lining's right side towards the front piece. Got it? Good!
7. Sew all around the entire perimeter of the fabric layers, leaving a small hole at the bottom. You can then trim away any bulky seams.
8. Turn the entire thing inside out. This will be hard because of the Velcro, but slowly ease it out. Press flat.
9. Top stitch around the entire edge, making sure to pinch the bottom portion closed.
10. Then, I like to do a Velcro test. I placed it on Lily (my dress form) and gave it a good firm tug. You know that babies always like to tear their bibs off!
Add some more Velcro if you need to, but otherwise, that's it!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Crafting for Baby Series here on Someday Crafts. Thanks for having me, and I hope to see you at Vintage Zest soon!
Thanks Diane! Those little bibs are so dang cute! Be sure to checkout the Crafting for Baby Link Party that went live this morning. Come link up your own projects and check out everything else that has been linked up!
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Hi! My name is Marta. I’m super excited to guest post here at Someday Crafts. Most of the time I write on my personal blog, Something Good, which is, let’s be honest, pretty much just a homage to my three-year-old and seven-month-old—both of whom are growing up way too fast for my liking.
Anyway, back to the craft. Some moms have their nursery completely done before baby arrives. (And I envy those of you who do!) Not me. My son is over half a year old and I’m still putting the finishing touches on the room he shares with his sister.
As I was looking for wall art ideas on Pinterest one day, I stumbled upon some animal silhouette art. I’m not sure why I didn't pin it (so sadly I don’t have the original inspiration), but I do remember thinking in my mind, I can do that!
This craft is super easy, and I can break it down using 9 materials and 8 easy steps.
Animal Silhouette Printouts (Download them all at the end of this post. I suggest printing them out on cardstock so they’re a bit more durable when you trace them onto your wood plaque.)
Wooden Plaque (I bought mine at Michael’s for about $1.50. You could use any sort of wood that you have around.)
White Sharpie Pen
White Craft Paint
Paint Brushes (various sizes)
Something to hang them up on the wall (I used a 3M Velcro hanger; saw tooth hangers like these will do as well)
1.) Prep the wood by sanding and wiping off with a damp paper towel.
2.) Brush on stain going with the wood grain. Let it set for about 15 minutes in order to get a deep, dark color. After you've let it set, wipe off with a cloth or paper towel with the grain again, and set aside to dry.
3.) If you haven’t done so already, print out the animal silhouettes of your choice and cut out. Don’t worry about cutting too carefully—it doesn't really matter since you’re going to be tracing and filling these in for the final piece.
4.) Using your white sharpie, paint pen, trace around the cutout silhouette.
Side note: Here’s where I’m going to keep it real. I totally thought that I could do this craft using just a white, sharpie pen. Now all you craft veterans probably saw this coming, but what ended up happening was when I colored in the silhouette with the pen, the marks from the pen started showing up instead of a clean fill. (Sort of how it turns out when you color with markers on paper, you can see the marker lines.)
So I rummaged around my house for some white paint and ended up using some paint that we used for our built-ins. If I were to do this again, I would go and buy some white craft paint since the household paint seems to thicken quite a bit on the smaller craft brushes.
I do still suggest using the white sharpie pen to outline your animal silhouette. It allows you to paint inside much more quickly rather than having to keep your hand steady with a brush in order to create your outline.
5.) Using a small brush and paint, fill in the silhouette. You will probably need to do two or three coats to get a clean fill.
6.) After they have dried and set, you can give them a glossy lacquer if you want. Totally up to you. I think both finishes look great.
7.) To hang you can either use some 3M Velcro hangers like I did, or, as I mentioned in the materials list, you can install some saw tooth hangers. Either way is pretty easy.
8.) Hang those babies up, admire your craftiness and be sure to pester your significant other numerous times about how cute they are. (I might know this from experience.)
I think these wall plaques would make a great homemade baby gift. They’re inexpensive, but still look neat, and it doesn't take long to do (I spent two lunch hours creating these – you could easily complete them in one evening sitting.) In fact, one of my friends just called me up a couple of weeks ago and broke the news that she was having twins (yeah… twins!), and I may just whip up three of these for her as a little gift for the big announcement.
For the plaques in this tutorial, I ended up using two prehistoric creatures and a horse, because when your daughter’s latest obsession is horses and you tried to implement a dinosaur theme for your son’s half of their room, you go with it.
Now, I know that not everyone has a dinosaur/horse them going on, so I've created a PDF of animal themes that you can use for your own personal project. All you need to do is download the PDF file, print out the pages you want, and use them as you see fit.
The possibilities are endless for this craft. You could even do a silhouette of your child’s profile. Happy crafting everyone! And a HUGE thank you to Someday Crafts for giving me the opportunity to guest blog here!
Thanks Marta! Those little plaques are so cute. I love the cute zoo animals, which is close to the theme we've got for Emmett's room. Be sure to check back tomorrow for another project in our Crafting for Baby series!!!