Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baby Week: Shirt Bib & Custom Giveaway

Hi all you Tipsy readers!
I'm so excited to be posting over here today!
Michelle, I hope you're getting lots of snuggle time with that little one of yours.

Let me introduce myself.
My name is Rebecca and I blog over at Better Life Bags... the blog.


Come visit me to find lots of tutorials like...




When I'm not crafting, I also run a small business creating custom diaper bags, hand bags, and accessories called Better Life Bags.



I donate 10% of every purchase to low income entrepreneurs in developing countries - which is why we are called "Better Life Bags... making lives better one purse at a time!"

The fun part is that YOU get to pick your own fabrics for the bag you want!
I hope you'll come check things out.


Anyway...Today I have a great tutorial for you to try out.

When my son was born, I had the biggest distaste for baby bibs. I hated how "babyish" they looked, yet I knew how functional they were for drool, food, etc...

So, I came up with an alternative. Bibs made out of upcycled shirts! So much better.




You can make these with either:
adult graphic tees




or toddler button down shirts
{You can use an adult men's shirt, you just won't be able to fit the cute pocket on the bib.}



Here's how:
1. Download the bib pattern here and here.

2. Cut out the pieces.


3. Trace the pieces backwards onto separate sheets of paper.


4. Cut out the second pattern pieces except leave a small tab on the side of the bib piece and the bottom of the strap piece (shown below).


5. Tape together your bib pattern piece.


6. Cut your t-shirt down the side seams and lay it open on the table.


Do the same if you're using a toddler shirt. I usually look for 3T or 4T at the thrift store.


7. Place your pattern piece over the graphic you want to capture.
{You will have to fudge with the strap pieces. It seems that neck holes on adult tees are too big, so the strap ends up a little thinner than the pattern piece. This is upcycling after all!}


With the toddler shirt, be sure cut around the collar.
Also, cut at least 3/4" above and below any buttons so you don't have to worry about sewing over them to finish the bib later.



8. Cut your bib out.
{Just do your best to shape the straps}



9. Now, use your shirt as the pattern piece to cut out the back of your bib.
Lay your bib upside down on top of the fabric you choose for the bib back, pin, and cut. I use the super soft minky chenille you can find at fabric stores. SO SOFT!


10. Keeping the right sides together of your two pieces, sew with a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around. Leave a small opening on the side of the bib to turn it inside out.


11. Turn your bib inside out and press out the seams.
Fold the opening in and pin it shut.


12. Sew around the entire bib with a 1/4" seam allowance.
This is where you need to be careful of buttons getting in the way.


13. Cut a small strip of velcro and place it on the shirt side of one strap.


14. Sew around the edges of the velcro.


15. Place the other half of the velcro on top of the one you just sewed.


16. Overlap your straps and peel off the second piece of velcro (keeping it in place on the second strap of the bib). Sew this piece of velcro on like you did the first.


17. You're done!




These make such great baby gifts!
Please use this tutorial for personal use only. Do not sell these bibs.


I mentioned earlier that I sell custom diaper bags, handbags, and accessories over at Better Life Bags, and I'd LOVE to give away some items to one of you Tipsy readers!

Here are some samples of what customers have created recently.
Changing Pads are made with high quality designer fabric of YOUR choice.



The fabric is sandwiched between terry cloth and vinyl with a coordinating trim.
Burp cloths are also made with high quality designer fabrics and are backed with terry cloth for those messy times.




How about a custom changing pad and TWO custom burp cloths (since it's Baby Week and everything)!
To enter:
1. Visit my blog and become a follower then comment back here saying you did!

Extra entries:
*** Be sure to check out the "Fabric" tab while you're there to see what fabrics you'd choose in case you win! ***
Michelle will draw a winner on Monday, November 15th - so enter away!


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113 Comments:

Heidi said...

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kpmattingly said...

LOVE this bib idea!!! Thank you--I will be adding this my must make list!

Crystal said...

I follow your blog. Very cute.

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Landon and Kylie said...

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myblueyez said...

I am now following your blog.
I love this tutorial and can't wait to make a few of these! I hate how most bibs look and won't use them unless I absolutely have to. These are fun and stylish!
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rachel said...

I follow your blog and love the craft ideas!

Mark and Niki said...

I follow ur blog~ PS SOOO many cute things!
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Emily said...

I follow your blog... I love all the tutorials and can't wait to have a little time to start making all of the projects on my to-do list!!

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Susan said...

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VickiT said...

I already follow your blog although I had missed this tutorial when posted there. The pattern downloads aren't working here if you have a few seconds to check those out. Thanks for such a great tutorial.

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Elizabeth & Broc said...

I follow your blog! I love all the fabric! Those cute bibs would be great for my little boy!

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Rebecca Talley said...

Adorable! I love this idea.

Sheri said...

I want to make those bibs! So cute but the links are not working. Help!

Cynthia said...

I am a follower of the blog!

I have been looking for cute bib ideas for baby #3 but the links for the pattern are not working - Please help! Thanks!

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Jenni said...

I now follow better life bags. Cute stuff!

RebekahBridge said...

I'm a new follower! I love it when I can follow another fun blog!

RebekahBridge said...

I am already a follower of A Little Tipsy. Thanks for the opportunity to win such cute stuff!

RebekahBridge said...

I also already "like" A Little Tipsy on facebook. I'm crossing my fingers! :)

luckymom said...

What a great twist to making bibs, I love love love it. Thanks for sharing. I'm now a follower of your blog.

stephjacobson said...

Love the upcycled bibs! Thanks for sharing. I'm now a Better Life Bags follower.

stephjacobson said...

I'm also A Little Tipsy follower now, too!

Laura said...

Very cute idea! I am a follower!

I hope people listen to you and don't sell them, but I've learned when you put the idea out there, you can't control what others do with it!

Jamie~ said...

I'm a new follower! Yay, I can't wait to try these bibs for newest little guy...

Jamie~ said...

Yup, already a follower of A Little Tipsy because it's just too much fun!

Anonymous said...

I'm following both blogs and "like" both on facebook! I love this idea and can't wait to try it.
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Amber said...

I just wanted to let you know, that I tweeted about this project! It's a great one!

Amber
@lifelovegreen

PS I can't follow you on twitter since I can't access it at work I'm posting via Hoot Deck.

Amelia said...

You are so creative! I now follow your blog!
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I'm a follower of her blog.

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Heidi said...

Became follower of your other blog.
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Heidi said...

Follower of a Little Tipsy.
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Page said...

Hi - I'm now following your blog - so cute!!!

Janiece said...

Thanks for such a cute idea!

Dan, Ash, & Sy said...

Definitely going to follow you! Great tutorials on your blog.

Becky said...

i now follow your blog... dont let the name or picture confuse you thouh...its under my husbands name :)

Jenn said...

I'm now a follower!

Jenn said...

I follow A Little Tipsy!

merydwen said...

Aw! Love your blog and all your fun stuff! Thanks for the chance to win.. We are getting certified to adopt! I have two boys and we're becoming foster-to-adopt parents to add a baby girl to our family! LOVE the chance to add some pink into our lives!

Jenna said...

I'm a follower of Better Life Bags!

Jamie said...

I'm totally a follower of Better Life Bags! I think it's such an adorable way to contribute to a better world community!!!

Cindy said...

Love your blog and the adorable bibs!

Henckel House said...

I now follow Better Life Bags....the blog.
those are the cutest bibs! I can't even get the bobbin in correctly to even start to try to sew even a napkin. But still cute

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I now follow your blog :)

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Marci Wittwer Butterfield said...

I follow your blog!! I love this bib idea. Now I know what to do with all my old t-shirts.

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I also follow A Little Tipsy!

Desi said...

Thanks for the chance to win!! Love this tute so much, I can't wait to make these! I'm a subscriber also.
Desi

Celia said...

I am now a follower of your blog... very awesome that you support other people trying to make a living!
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Celia said...

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The Stevens' said...

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The Stevens' said...

I also follow a little tipsy now. Both really fun and great blogs!

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Georges said...

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Elisa said...

"Liked" a Little Tipsy on FB

Elisa said...

I "liked" Better Life Bags on FB! Such cute stuff! Can't wait to make some of it!! The button down bibs are super adorable!!

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I follow BLB blog!

stitcher said...

I follow your blog.

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I "like" you on Facebook.

Dana said...

Now I follow BOTH blogs! Also, I "like" A Little Tipsy on FB. Cute, cute, cute idea!

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Anna said...

I "like"ed A little Tipsy!

Anna said...

Now following Better Life Blog!

cakegirl said...

The bibs are adoraBLE! SUCH A CUTE IDEA FOR THOSE HOLEY, STAINED, super cute graphic tee. I am a follower and thanks for a very generous giveaway.

abitofanenthusiast said...

Seriously, so very clever! Love these bibs. Found you via The Fabulous Pinterest.

Kelley said...

So glad I found your blog (via the blog Happy Together). I am excited to now be subscribed and can't wait to see what you show us next! Just want to add that your children are adorable - I'm not sure where you find the time to do the blogs and tutorials AND be a great mom! And how do I know you are a great mom? Do you see the smiles on your children's faces???!!!!

HeatherBl├╝ Patschke said...

Love your blog and tutorials!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog

cuteasacanvas said...

I want to make those bibs! So cute but the links are not working. Help!
Thanks for post.
Bibs

Baby Shower Gifts said...

These are so adorable. What a great idea. I'll have to rifle through the closet looking for some shirts that will make great baby gifts.

TheCraftBarn said...

Love it! I posted a link to this on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
Thanks!
Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

Lisa Kathryn said...

I am following you and I love the bibs

Meg said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Going to make some for my little guy!

Pamie said...

I am now a follower! Love your ideas!!

SandraB. said...

I am now a follower and am looking forward to following you and seing all you creat.

Yulia from make it and wear it said...

Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! I posted your tutorial on my blog with a link back to your blog, hope it’s ok http://makeitandwearit.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/bib-for-your-baby.html
Please write me if there is a problem makeandwear@gmail.com.

A Rosa Cor de Rosa said...

Hello! I am now following your blog! I love your ideas, thank you so much for sharing. I have posted my recent work based on your bib tutorial ;)

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! love the buttons and pocket on the orange plaid!

Paola said...

Just signed up for your email list and an following your Pinterest boards. Love love LOVE your site! You have convinced me that it is high time I get myself a sewing machine :)

Dawn C said...

I am now a follower of your blog! Love the bib idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Just started following your blog. So excited! Love all the great ideas.
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dawkinscj said...

I vsited your blog and become a follower!

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I "like" A Little Tipsy on Facebook.

dawkinscj said...

I follow a little tipsy on Pintrest!

Penny Huang said...

I'm now a "A little tipsy" follower and liked in on Facebook!!!

Jen Larcom said...

I liked "A Little Tipsy" on Facebook! :)

Mrs. Lawler said...

Love the tutorial and so happy to have found both these blogs :) Can't wait to see more!

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Michele A said...

Love your bibs! I've been making bibs and burp clothes for my grandson and friends. I really like the shape of your bib, how it curves in a little. Where is the link to download the pattern? I can't find it.

P.S. Your bags are gorgeous, I may try to make myself one.

Knacks&Novelties said...

I just started following your blog. I love the creative ideas you share! Thank you!

Hannah Hathaway said...

Wonderful Tutorial! I love it!

I linked to it on my blog post on the best baby tutorials, here:

http://welivedhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2012/11/35-baby-sewing-tutorials-ideas-found.html

<3 Hannah

Laurie White said...

I now follow your blog

Lisa said...

You have no idea how happy this tutorial has made me. I am going to make bibs for my SIL's new baby from her Dad's plaid shirts. When he passed I asked for all of his shirts. I made a quilt for her 1st child and now for her second a stack of bib's. Her Dad will be in spirit keeping her little guy clean! thank you