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Free Pattern for Full Front Baby Bibs

Picture of three full body baby bibs in a horizontal row with small Christmas embroideries on the front

                                                     Full Front Baby Bibs

 Sometimes when we think of babies we don’t know what to get them for Christmas.  Christmas is all about the thought that counts. I personally am reluctant to leave out my littles when thinking about gifts. Today, I will share with you a free pattern for practical baby bibs that you can embroider or appliqué.  This full front bib will protect special holiday attire and prevent messy moments from ruining clothing. Moms, dads and all family will be happy with all this useful & easy sewing project. 

Supplies Needed:

  •  12 1/2” x 16 1/2” (31.75cm x 41.91 cm) of front fabric- cotton used
  • 12  1/2” x 16 1/2” (31.75cm x 41.91 cm) of back fabric – flannel used
  • 2- 7”  (17.78cm x .635cm) pieces of 1/4” elastic 
  • 2- 1 1/2” x 12” ( 3.81cm x 30.48cm) of fabric to match front for ties ( could use ribbon)
  • thread to match
  • sewing machine with embroidery module, used was  BERNINA artista 200 with Embroidery Module (pre existing embroidery designs could also be appliquéd onto the bib) (optional)
  • small embroidery designs for Christmas or children’s motifs (optional
  • mid-weight stabilizer for embroidery hoop
  • embroidery threads 
  • Fusible product  ( like Steam a Seam 2 Lite) if using a pre existing design that is appliquéd to the bib (optional)
  • anti fray product ( optional)
  •  Embroidery Foot #15
  • Free pattern for Full Front Baby Bib available here
Image of Embroidery Foot #15.

Embroidery Foot #15

Ideally suited for appliqué work and free-motion quilting ✓  Embroidering over densely embroidered motifs ✓  Easy to sew on pile and bulky fabrics ✓  For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓   

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BERNINA artista 200

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Sewing Instructions:

  • Gather all supplies as shown
Supplies gathered for full front baby bib including fabric , patter , elastic fray check and steam a seam 2

Supplies gathered for full front baby bib, using a pre existing embroidery design to be appliquéd

Cutting:

  •       Cut out your bib pieces ( front & back) with the pattern provided. Cut on the fold of fabric as shown.
Pattern laid on fabric , ready to be cut out

Pattern & fabric prepared for cutting

Front and back of baby bib

Front & back of baby bib now cut out

  • Cut out all elastic and straps and set aside

Embroidery:

  •      Mark the centre  front of the bib to have it ready for the embroidery design, the top of the design should be centred and 2” (5.08cm) down from the top.
Centre of baby bib marked for placement of embroidery

Centre mark made for placement of embroidery

  •      If embroidering with an embroidery module as I did with the snowman and gingerbread designs, I found it effective to use a midweight woven stabilizer in the hoop and hoop the fabric with it and a small embroidery hoop. I cut away the excess stabilizer when the embroidery was complete.
Embroidering a snowman on the baby bib

Embroidering a snowman on the Full Front Baby Bib

  •        If using a pre existing design, apply an anti fray product to the edges, let this dry. Cut out the embroidery design. Fuse a fusible product to the back of the embroidery design and fuse with a hot iron to the front of the baby bib.
Adding anti fray product to the edge of an embroidery design

Embroidery design from Elsa’s Favorite Florals being applied with her an anti fray product

Ironing fusible web to the back of an embroidery design

Ironing fusible web to the wrong side of the embroidery design

   

  •       If using a pre-made embroidery to appliqué, fuse the design to the bib front as marked, sew with a very small zig zag & Open Embroidery Foot #20
Image of Open Embroidery Foot #20.

Open Embroidery Foot #20

Perfect for sewing decorative stitches ✓   Creation of attractive appliqué designs ✓  Allows lines and patterns to be followed precisely ✓   An open form for a clear view of the project ✓  For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓ 

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Applying an appliqué stitch to an embroidery design

Zig zagging the embroidery design with Open Embroidery Foot #20 & my BERNINA 350

TIP: Use thin matching thread to adhere the embroidered appliqué 

Sewing the ties:

Press both ties on the long side , 1/4” towards the centre on both sides as shown:

Ties ironed 1/4” towards the centre on both long sides

Ties Pressed 1/4” towards the centre on long sides

  • fold the ties towards the centre, press & clip, ready for sewing as shown.
Ties folded and clipped ready. For sewing

Ties folded in the centre and clipped, ready for sewing

Stitching the edge of the ties

Stitching 1/8” (.31cm) in from the edge for the 2 fabric ties

  • Edge stitching was stitched with a Patchwork Foot #37 
  • Zig zag the short ends of each tie and apply some fray stop product to the stitches.
Image of Patchwork Foot #37.

Patchwork Foot #37

For patchwork projects with seam allowances of 3 mm (1/8”) or 6 mm (1/4”) ✓  Three notches on the side for precise guidance ✓  For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓ 

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Sewing the bib together:
  • Pin & baste the ties and elastic to the right side of the bib 1/8” (.31cm) in and 1/2” (1.27cm)  from the neck line edge for the ties. Place elastic close to the shoulder and bottom of arm hole also & baste 1/8” (.31cm) in. See photo below for placement:
Ties attached to front of bib

Ties  & elastic attached to the front of the bib fabric

  • Pin the ties and elastic to the front of the bib to keep them away from seam allowances.
  • Pin the right side of the back fabric to the right side of the front fabric and sew with a 1/4 (.635cm) seam allowance. Leave a 4” gap at the bottom for turning. Clip curves.
Bib back pinned to right side of front fabric

Right side of back fabric pinned to right side of front fabric

  • Remove all pins, turn the bib to the right side through the 4” gap, press & top stitch 1/4” (.635 cm) from the edge.
Top stitching 1/4” (.635 cm) from the edge to finish

Top stitching 1/4” (.635cm) from the edge to finish

Admire your efforts or the baby modelling it 😊

Baby wearing full body baby bib in blue with an embroidered snowman on the front

Baby “O” modelling Full Front Baby Bib

Picture of three full body baby bibs in a horizontal row with small Christmas embroideries on the front

          Full Front Baby Bibs

If you need more baby gift ideas check out my website here.

These full front bibs take no time to complete and even if you don’t own an embroidery machine, they’re so fun to make, explore your stash of fabric for cute prints and enjoy the gift of giving this season. Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy Holiday🎄

 

Free sewing instructions: Baby Bibs

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Products:
BERNINA 350 PE
BERNINA 350 PE
BERNINA artista 200
Embroidery Foot #15
Embroidery Foot #15
Open Embroidery Foot #20
Open Embroidery Foot #20
Patchwork Foot #37
Patchwork Foot #37

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  • Flora Coulson EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Searched high and low for pattern, would love to make it, where is it.

  • Robin Bogaert EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Link for free pattern is at the end of the supply list, please click on ‘here’  after the sentence Free full front baby bib pattern available here 

  • Annette Taylor EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Looks like  a great bib for a 1-year-old but…where is the Pattern.why is it so difficult to find patterns on your site especially the ones that are offered free.

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