How to Make a Recycled Bib

comments (12) April 22nd, 2009     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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These bibs make great gifts. You should easily be able to get at least four bibs from two pairs of pants.
Pin the template to a straight section fold of the leg of jeans and cut out. Youll need two bib pieces; I cut one from jeans and one from old corduroys.
With tailors chalk and a ruler, mark one line 2 inches up and another 5-1/2 inches up from the bottom edge of the bib. Cut out the section you just marked.
These bibs make great gifts. You should easily be able to get at least four bibs from two pairs of pants.

These bibs make great gifts. You should easily be able to get at least four bibs from two pairs of pants.

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Topstitch along the straight edges of the patchwork section.



Apply a snap socket and stud to the bib using a snap setter or sew them in place by hand.



  Your bib is complete! These make great gifts, and you should easily be able to get at least four bibs from two pairs of pants.


See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned now in stores.

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Comments (12)

roboneill_123 writes: Hi there! I'm roboneill_123 and I want you to know that your works are perfectly done. I love to recycle, too but unfortunately that's not my field so I just leave it all behind and start a new thing again that I also love like collecting baby bibs. I really love baby bibs because they mean so much to my toddler.
Posted: 2:43 am on April 16th
babeeni writes: good idea, thanks!
Posted: 10:23 pm on March 7th
itshobbytime writes: Wow what a lovely idea, and cool bib.. I'll surely be making one for my baby :)
Posted: 5:39 pm on December 20th
sewcountrychick writes: I just posted a tutorial on a rick rack bib and found this one. It's so cute and I love recycling stuff headed for the thrift shop. Thanks.
Posted: 7:33 pm on November 21st
LindaPermann writes: French pea- I'm sorry the sizing was off, and not sure how to fix that. You could trace a bib you have to use as the pattern, or, draw a curve that takes up about 3/4 of a 8.5 x 11" piece of paper, then place 1/2 of a CD about 3" down from the top of your curve and use that as a neck opening. That should give you a "close enough" bib. Or, you could enlarge the one you printed till it looks about right.
Posted: 6:10 pm on June 11th
Frenchpea writes: Your bib is so cute, and a really lovely gift idea. I just tried to make one, but think my printer settings must have been off - the pattern was smaller than you say and so I can't really turn it inside out! It looks like prem baby size :p
However, I loved the material I used: old PJ brushed cotton as CraftyDame suggests, with bears on and then denim and gingham on the reverse. I changed it slightly so that the denim is all at the top, and the gingham from the cut line down to the bottom. I will persevere and do another!
Posted: 12:48 pm on June 9th
Romeroli writes: Hi Linda! haces unas cosas hermosas!!!
Te felicito.
Este babero ya lo pondre en practica.
Posted: 11:12 am on May 30th
toady51 writes: Great idea! I have LOTS of scraps from sewing for my daughter (who's 25 now). How great to make bibs with memories from the stuff I made for her for her kids' bibs. Thanks!
Posted: 12:50 am on May 5th
LindaPermann writes: The template has been fixed! Thanks for making me aware of the problem.

Posted: 4:55 pm on April 27th
LindaPermann writes: MeredithP-- shoot-- I'm sorry about the template. I'm going to make it a pdf and get a better link up there. The actual template should take up the better part of the length of a regular 8.5" x 11" piece of paper (and then you still need to add 2" in the middle. I like my bibs nice and big so the kid can wear them for a while! I'll post again when the template is updated.
Posted: 12:07 am on April 27th
MeredithP writes: This is SO cute. I had trouble printing out the template on anything but legal paper. Perhaps the posted template doesn't need the two inches added. Could it still be actual size? I'm not really familiar with bibs, except I know they make excellent and useful gifts.
Posted: 4:24 pm on April 26th
craftydame writes: super cute! i love making bibs, it makes so much more sense than making special baby clothes. if you make a funky bib as a gift they wear it for more than a few weeks!

old pj pants would be fabulous for the backing as well, i love using flanellette for the backs of bibs. it's soft and absorbent for wiping cute little faces!
Posted: 3:01 am on April 22nd
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