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Appliqued Bib Tutorial

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Hey there Ribbon Retreat readers! My name is Michaela and I blog over at Covered in Mod Podge. I’m so excited to share with you a free pattern and tutorial for appliqued bibs! These bibs just scream “Oh Boy!” But, with some fabric and applique changes they’re also prefect for the little girls in your life.

To make your bibs, first print out the pattern (its two pages) and tape it together. Then, grab yourself a fat quarter of quilting cotton, some heat n’ bond, terry cloth, and velcro and you’ll be set to make an adorable, appliqued bib!
Pattern Page 1
Pattern Page 2

Start by cutting out your pattern. There’s two different options with the pattern. The first is to cut a solid piece. The second is to use two fabrics to make up your bib.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLay your pattern along the fold of your quilting cotton with some pattern weights (or cans of beans if you’re cool like me!).

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSlowly cut around your pattern using your rotary cutter. If you are using two fabrics, follow the lines on the pattern as to where to cut each fabric.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogIf you’re using two fabrics, place the two fabrics right side together and sew them using a presser foot seam allowance. Then, press the seam upwards.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTime for the applique!

There’s a couple of different ways to get your applique. You can freehand a pattern, you can print out a template, or you can use a craft cutting machine to cut out your shape.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTo prep your fabric for cutting the applique, cut a rectangle of fabric about an inch bigger than your final shape. Then, cut a rectangle of heat n’ bond that’s just a tinny bit smaller than your piece of fabric. Place your fabric, wrong side up, on your ironing board. Then, place the heat n’ bond, bumpy side down (and paper side up) on top of the fabric. Press for about five seconds.

At this point, you can draw/trace your image on the paper part of the heat n’ bond and then cut it out. Don’t forget to flip the image if necessary! Or, follow your craft machine’s instructions for cutting out the shape you want to applique.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOnce you’ve got your shape cut out, peel off the paper backing.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPlace the applique on the bib, fabric side up. Now press for about five seconds.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow, to sew down your applique. Set your machine to a zig-zag stitch. You want the stitch length and width to both be very small. I set my length to 1 and my width to 1.5. Each machine is different so it’s best to play around on a scrap piece of fabric before tackling your applique.

The name of the applique game is slow, slow, and slower. You have to sew very slowly making a lot of adjustments as you go.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogCurves can be a bit of a pain. Looking at this mustache, you can see that there are two kinds of curves- mountains and valleys.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWhen making an adjustment on a mountain, keep your needle down in the applique. Then lift the presser foot and make an adjustment. You might have to make adjustments every stitch or two depending on how big or small the curve is.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWhen making an adjustment on a valley, keep your needle down in the fabric. Lift your presser foot, adjust, and keep sewing. Again, you’ll need to adjust often and sew very, very slowly!

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow to cut the terry cloth. You can buy terry cloth by the yard at the fabric store. I normally stock up on the cheapo towels at Target when they go on sale. I can get four bibs out of a towel for less than $2!

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogInstead of cutting a perfect bib out, I fold the terry cloth in half and set the bib pattern a bit in the middle. Then, I cut a general shape. This is because you end up trimming everything down later (that and I’m lazy).

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPin the wrong sides of the terry cloth and the bib together. Make sure you mark a three inch turning gap on the bottom.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSew the bib using a presser foot seam allowance. Go slowly around the curves and adjust as necessary.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow it’s time to trim. Using pinking sheers, trim close to your seam allowance. Be very careful to not clip the seam. If you don’t have pinking sheers, just trim the terry cloth down to the same width as the quilting cotton. Then, clip the curves so that everything will lay nice.

Time to turn your bib. Make sure you get all the curves laying nicely.

Press well, tucking the gap into the bib. Pin. Then, top stitch the entire bib.

Almost done! Cut yourself an inch strip of velcro. Pin one piece of velcro to the right,  top of the quilting cotton and the other piece to the left, bottom of the terry cloth. Stitch down the vlecro and you’re all done.

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow you’re all set to bib up your drooling, always mess making, adorable little boy! Or, if you’re like me an only have a girl, you’re ready to gift these bibs as shower presents for adorable, chubby-cheeked future men!

Appliqued Bib Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHere’s a list of the fabric I used:
Mustache Bib– Bib Chevrons Small in Aqua, Applique Bella Solid in Navy
Tie Bib– Bib Bella Solid in Navy, Applique Life in the Jungle in Blue Plaid
Two Fabric BibPieces of Hope in Green Star and Cruise Blvd in Blue Stripe
W Bib– Bib Life in the Jungle in Green and Orange Tic Tac, Applique Cruise Blvd in Blue Hexi

Come drop by Covered an Mod Podge any time!


Thank you Michaela! What a fun tutorial to add to our Oh Boy! series. I love those cute cute bibs! Great idea and great tutorial! Michaela is a wonderful Contributor, and she has done some really fun tutorials for us in the past.
Check out some of her other amazing projects…

Bubble SkirtLearn how to make a darling bubble skirt to match the cutest little face!

Shopping Cart Handle CoverLearn how to make a fun shopping cart handle cover to keep kids clean.

Chevron QuiltEasy Chevron Quilt Tutorial - Use Chevron FABRIC! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The Ribbon Retreat has FABulous fabric and ribbon choices for you to complete all of these terrific tutorials. Here at The Ribbon Retreat we love to inspire creativity and craftiness, and with these projects we hope you are just that…truly inspired to create all things grrrrrrrrreat!

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8 Comments

  1. Jennifer McClelland
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    When you raise the presser foot to make an adjustment, do you lower it back down to sew and then raise again for next adjustment or can you leave presser foot up until curves are done?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your question. Here is Michaela’s response to your question: After each adjustment you’ll need to lower the presser foot before sewing again. If you don’t, the fabric will just wander all over the place. It’s not pretty. Not that I know from experience or anything! 😉 Thanks for asking for clarification!

      Thank you again Jennifer! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. cheryl vaerewyck
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    could you please tell me what the length of this bib is? my scale seems to be off. Thank you. Very cute!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much for your question and comment. Here is Michaela’s response to your question: The pattern itself is about 15 inches long. You have to match the two different sheets of paper up at the dots in order to get the 15ish inches. Hopefully that helps! Let me know if you have other questions. I’d love to see what you make. You can email picture to me at coveredinmodpodge (at) gmail (dot) com!

      Thanks again Cheryl! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. chrissy
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing! I will be making these for both my daughter and new nephew 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chrissy! Thank you so much for your comment! These are so so cute and would look adorable on your daughter and new nephew! Thank you Chrissy and have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted June 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    This is a very cool idea! I haven’t seen any bibs like this. For me, they are unique and very cute. I like them all especially with the mustache one. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rob! Thank you so much for your comment. I am so glad that you love these fun bibs. I love the mustache bib as well. Thank you again Rob and have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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