These are the messy kid bibs
|Two messy kids bibs but only one with messy binding|
I made the one with the giant pea on the front first. Having learnt a new skill last week - the highly technical process of printing an image onto transfer paper and then ironing that image onto fabric - I wanted to do it again (and again, again and again. Let's be honest, given half a chance I would probably put transfer paper images on everything I could find right now…. just like when we were kids, one of my brothers would write his full name anywhere he found a blank space. Never mind if he didn't actually own the things he wrote on).
I spent hours searching the Internet for a suitable vegetable image and eventually found the pea on Clipart ETC. I was also going to print out some lettering saying "eat your veges" but then realised there could be an awkward "You-say-tomato,-I-say-tomahto" moment i.e. veges or veggies? Anyway, my husband called the whole thing off and I was left with just the pea
Of course, I had to have another go at this pattern and do a better job. Today I made the second bib using some J Wecker-Frisch Patches & Rhymes fabric I had left over from a quilt I made for my friends' first child. He is now eight!
This time, I didn't cut out the pocket and I made self-fabric binding. I applied the binding differently to the instructions: sewing it first to the front, folding it to the back and then stitching it down. I cheated a little by using fabric glue to stick the binding to the back. I felt like a naughty contestant on Project Runway and kept hearing Michael Kors and Nina Garcia castigating me for using unconventional sewing techniques!
|back of bib glued down before stitching|
I stitched-in-the-ditch on the front catching the binding on the back.
This worked a treat and I will do my binding this way next time. It looks so neat and there are no wrinkles!
Despite the problems with the binding I really enjoyed making these bibs. Half the fun was in applying the iron-on vinyl. Who would have thought that something so simple could make me happy? That and transfer paper could keep me amused for hours. In fact, I almost started on the bento box carrier today because I had an idea for embellishing the lining that combined both of these… And then I thought I could make the most elaborate play town and puppet theatre…
So, I've ticked off my third pattern from the book. I made the first bucket hats in 2012, and the back pack last year which means that at the rate I am going I reckon I could get this challenge sorted in another 17 years. This turtle probably needs to go a bit faster if it wants to be in with half a chance. However, I could always do a Bradbury