Thursday 1 March 2012


During February, I joined in with Kristy, over at Hopeful Threads, sewing bibs for Love Without Boundaries. During April, the Cleft Surgery Team, from Love Without Boundaries, will be operating on 50 or more orphaned babies. After the operation, the babies need bibs.

This is my small contribution... 10 little bibs made using the Liberty Baby Bibs tutorial by The Purl Bee. For the front, I've used cotton fabric with children's prints: five bibs from the jungle print, one bib from the numbers print and four bibs from the teddy bear fabric. I should note the fabric names before I cut the selvedges off, but I forgot. The gorgeous jungle print was part of a prize I won last year, over at Create HOPE Designs and donated by Hopeful Threads.

The pattern called for terry towelling as the backing fabric. As I didn't have any terry, I've used a pre loved cotton baby blanket. It's quite thick, but still soft and will be very absorbent.

The backing on the bibs is meant to be larger than the front, so that it shows at the neckline. Perhaps I cut mine larger than the pattern intended, but the backing shows all the way around my bibs. I quite like the effect. If I'd used a pattern where the front and back had been the same size, the bibs would have been much faster to sew. After turning and topstitching the bibs didn't sit as flat as I would have liked. I think this had something to do with the front and back being different sizes. A quick iron fixed this, though.

As you can see, there is no fastening for the bibs. I only had black velcro, and didn't want to spoil the bibs with the wrong colour, so I'm waiting on a trip to the shops to buy white velcro to finish them off.

Cara, from Cara's Quilts, is hosting a Basic Charity Challenge. These bibs are my contribution to the challenge.

Basic Charity Challenge 2012

A quick and easy project, using small pieces of fabric, a pre loved baby blanket and a tiny little bit of my time...

... Pam


  1. These look great Pam, they will be much appreciated I am sure.

  2. They look so cute. I'm always using old blankets for bib backings!! Terry toweling from spotlight is like $20 a metre.. I've also been using the husky brand polar fleece which is only like $6 a metre and super absorbent!
    In place of Velcro have you considered using the hammer on snaps? Sewing Velcro into place drives me crazy ( though you can prob do it in a tenth of the time it takes me!)
    I lI've all these crafting charities you seem to take part in, in going to head over now and check it out.

    1. I'm probably not any faster with velcro, Kate. I've been known to sew it on so securely, that the two parts of the velcro didn't stick together... LOL!!! I haven't used hammer on snaps for years. I'll have to check them out.

  3. Great idea! I have some of that fabric from the left in the first pic. I take it out, look at it, and can never figure out what to do with it. I didn't want to cut it into tiny pieces for quilting 'cuz it needs that "big" pic look. This is the perfect use. I shall have to get going on some bibs.

  4. I was wondering why everyone was making bibs. Is there an address we can send bibs too?

  5. Good on you, Pam. They look great, I like the effect of the back showing at the front too. These will be very much appreciated where they are going!

  6. They look fab! I use snaps on my bibs, they're super easy to attach.

  7. Pam!!!! I love them!!!! They turned out perfect! And that number print is such a fun print! And I love that that jungle print traveled across the ocean not knowing this is what it would become! :) Thanks for sewing and sharing! HUGS!

  8. Love them! I will have to check it out, I have been meaning to do a project for Hopeful Threads for a while now.


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