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From: smith972
Date: 03-22-2005, 09:19 AM (1 of 10)
I am making baby towel bibs for my nephew (due in two weeks or so) and i need to know how big to cut the hole in the towel....i brought several hand towels from the dollar store but need to know how big to make the hole...i am going to put rib knit around the hole...any help would be great....

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From: blessedmommyuv3
Date: 03-22-2005, 10:46 AM (2 of 10)
Hand Towel Bib
Make your own bibs, that really cover and absorb the mess.

Materials Needed

Hand towel or finger towel
10" by 2" of Ribbing


Fold the longest part of the towel into thirds. Along one of the folds, fold the towel in half, to find the center of the first fold.

Using a tape measure, measure in from the corner of the fold 1" to form a quarter circle. Cut through all layers to cut a circle out of the towel.

On the one third fold, cut in on one side of the circle.

Prepare the ribbing:
Fold the ribbing in half, right sides together, along the 10" edge. Using a " seam allowance, seam the short ends of the ribbing. Turn right sides out to enclose the seam.
Prepare The Bib:
Zig zag or serge the straight cut raw edges of the towel.
Assemble The Bib:
Stretch ribbing to fit the circular opening on the towel, matching the ends of the ribbing with the straight edge opening. Use a " seam allowance to attach the ribbing to the towel. Zig zag or serge the seam allowance.
Measure the straight edge opening on the towel and cut a piece of velcro to fit. Attach velcro for bib closure.

Use contrasting ribbing or pick up one of the colors on a printed towel.

If you use plain towels, use stabilizer and embroider a name or design on the front of the bib.

Use an applique for a decorative touch on a plain towel.

Expand the neck opening for adult bibs. Use the ribbing directions found in Tips and Tricks for Making Children's Pajamas.

For another style bib, be sure to check out Baby Lock Project: Nursery Rhyme Baby Bibs. Even without using the fancy embroidery techniques, this site has a full pattern on line.

***cut & pasted from sewing section of

Jen in CA
User: blessedmommyuv3
Member since: 05-18-2004
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From: JulieS
Date: 03-22-2005, 07:31 PM (3 of 10)
I make bibs out of hand towels where I just cut a hole in the upper third and serge ribbing around the hole. Then I will put embroidery on the front part of the bib. They slip right over my daughter's head. Is that what you're doing?

If so, my template for the hole is five inches in diameter.

User: JulieS
Member since: 01-11-2005
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From: smith972
Date: 03-22-2005, 10:27 PM (4 of 10)
Thank you both so much...i was only thought of the ones that slip over the head but the one that fastens with velco is also another option.

i am making regular bibs but not with string attachment with velco so that if the baby pulls on it or it gets caught on something it will just rip off and not strangle the child.....

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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-23-2005, 06:35 PM (5 of 10)
One of the reasons I started making "Libs Bibs" was that my son would not let a bib with strings on it in their house when they were expecting 14 years ago.. So, I bought one of the bibs in the craft dept with the little strip of cross stitch fabric across the front for decorating and used that for my pattern. I make the hole approximately 5 1/2 inches in diameter.. I cut a strip of ribbing 12 by 2 1/2.. This will fit a newborn and up to 24 months and babies do not try to pull them off because you don't aggravate them by fussing over tying something around their necks.. Jusk a quick pull over just like their shirts and they are done..Before Cannon Mills was bought out by another mfr, I bought their fingertip towels in a 6-pack at Wal-Mart for 3.99 each.. They were marked "Spring Garden" and came in all pretty pastel colors.. I kept Pink, Blue, Yellow, and Mint Green all the time.. I made the bibs and put a decorative stitch in the band that bordered close to the bottom front.. And I put the baby's name on them.. (My Janome has a small alphabet in it) About 3/4 inch tall letters.. When my source dried up, I found the fingertip towels with Christmas embroidery on them at places like K-mart, Target, and Wal-Mart, and now Dollar Trees.. (now I find Easter, Fall, Haloween, Thanksgiving, and July 4th decorated ones also.. ) I am the official newborn welcomer at our church.. I make at least 2 bibs for each newborn we have.. I also make them for Charities at Holiday time.. Christmas, especially.. I try to donate at least 24 each Christmas.. TIP:: For sucessful embroidery, you need to use stabilizer on top and bottom so the feed dogs don't tangle in the loopy threads of the terry cloth.. I use the clear water soluble, that is the easiest..Then I just spritz it away with a little water..I have sent Mary several of my creations (patterns), but I guess the instructions were too dificult to publish.. I also make a really cute apron from a fat quarter, and 2 scissors holders from 2 felt squares.. I'm full of trivia , as you can se.. LOL :bg: :bg:
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From: mommydionne
Date: 04-08-2005, 06:50 PM (6 of 10)
that sounds cute libby, I need to get around to making some more bibs, they wear out on the first three kids :wink:
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From: mamadus
Date: 04-09-2005, 12:21 PM (7 of 10)
libby.. I'd love to see your directions for an apron from a fat quarter... and the scissor holders sound neat too.. can you post your directions??

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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-11-2005, 12:33 PM (8 of 10)
I'll try to do it tomorrow.. for the apron, cannot describe the scissors holder in words.. Send me your e-mail in a pm.. I'll send you a scan of it.. you can figure out how to cut from the pix..Thats why I sent it to Mary when we started the crafts discussions.. I thought it would be a very good one for her to post on here.. She has posted a couple of craft things as projects since then..
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-12-2005, 12:13 PM (9 of 10)
This is not for children , but its a great remembrance gift for a child to give a teacher, neighbor, etc..
1 fat quarter
1 1/2 yards 1 inch grosgrain ribbon
approx 2 yards pre-gathered lace
Make a pattern from tissue paper.. 18 inches long by 11 inches be cut on fold.. measure 3 inches from open edges (not fold edge) draw straight line 1 inch long from top, then you start a long curve line out to the edge about one third of the way down, continue on down , til you are close to bottom and curve around to the bottom and make sure you have a smooth line with the curve being as even as possible.. It will look similar to a capital D when you get through, with the little flat 1 inch part at the top.. Cut from the folded fat quarter. Next, I serge all the way around. take the ribbon, fold in half, mark 6 1/2 inches from center on each side, (middle 13 inches of ribbon) gather the top onto this and stitch in place. (this is the straight part we marked first).. Sew the pre-gathered lace all around the rest of the edge and you are through.. This is a great remembrance , especially for older women who still wear them in the kitchen.. But my Grands teachers love them, I understand they wear them to welcome guests to dinner parties and then they remove them when they sit down to dinner..This is my original design, you may use it all you like, as long as you do not sell it for your own design.. For school boosters, this is a great bazaar item. I usually sell them for $ 5.00 in Christmas fabric at bazaars and I always run out..
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From: natred2
Date: 04-22-2005, 10:56 PM (10 of 10)
My mother used to have an apron for every occasion. All stitched herself of course. She would have liked that pattern Libby.

The baby bib pattern is timely, I was just looking for a terry towel pattern so I can make some embroidered ones for my niece and my best friend, both of whom are expecting this year.
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User: natred2
Member since: 04-09-2005
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