REVISED: If you want longevity for your homemade bib, I would sew this. We got a lot of good wear out of it, but it tid get tatty and I did have to throw it away in the end!
Remember my “no sew bunting“? Well, I was so pleased with the result that, I decided to explore “what else can be made” with the wonder that WonderWeb is! There are so many pretty things out there to make with a sewing machine that I feel truly excluded! So. I had another go.
Needless to say if you like sewing do sew this and it becomes a “recycling project”!!
Today, I made a baby’s bit from The Englishman’s old shirt! I have washed this on many occassions (even once with nappies at 60C) – every so often you do need to give a nice hot iron to re-fuse everything and maybe even add a wee bit of wonderweb, but it does work really well and I love our bib! So. The main thing to say is: use plenty of WonderWeb and REALLY IRON LONG AND HARD and it should work. Reinforce any weak areas after 1st wash and after that our seems to have done really well! Iron every so often!
Here we go:
1) Materials: Old shirt/ old sheet/ pillow case/ tea towel. WonderWeb. Bias binding. Scissors & Iron. 2 Tea towels for ironing on and protecting Ironing board and Iron
2) I doubled up my fabric and used another bib I had as a stencil. Cut out the basic shape.
3) Folded basic shape in half and cut out a neck (this way you should get a reasonably even centred neckline)
4) Pre-iron the bias binding (WITHOUT the WonderWeb) so that the crease is already there. One less thing to fiddle with.
5) Iron on the little strips at the top of the bib- if you haven’t used WonderWeb and Bias Binding before, make sure you have a tea towel under your work and then on top. So that the WonderWeb doesn’t stick to your ironing board and iron. I find if I lightly press it first, I can check that it is position correctly and then I put the iron on properly to fuse it all together. Doing the little strips first, gives you a chance to “practice”!
7) For the neck and tie: “Shape” the bias binding into a semi circle. Then iron on the neck – leave extra for “tying”. As the neck line is a curve, I find this the “weak” area of the bib – i.e. the WonderWeb doesn’t always position as well. So take extra care. Maybe even put two layes of WondwerWeb here? Once ironed (and thus fused) it should be nice and strong?
8 ) Finished!
It is VERY important that you use PLENTY of WonderWeb and that you iron very hot and long. I did it all once. And then place the iron for several minutes at a time to really fuse it all together. Let it cool and then did it again. Take care not to burn it though.
Done. The binding will feel stiff. But softens after first wash. If after washing it looks a little loose – either just iron it quickly (the remaining WonderWeb will fuse again) or cut a small piece of WonderWeb “shove it in” and iron in place. It should be ok though and last a fair few washes without the need for “fixing”!
I am linking the photo of Pip Squeak in her lovely bib to
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