I bought another simple pattern for baby at Joanne's. I ended up using the pattern only for the shape of the bib. The rest of the directions were ridiculously hard to follow. They could have been in Arabic (which I studied for a year with little result) for all I understood them. So, on my own, I begin practicing how to make a simple bib. I bought this baby fabric at Joanne's (not on sale) for about $7 a yard. I know that this cotton will probably stain. However, I looked into laminated cotton and oil cloth. I found both to be really expensive like $28 a yard. I plan to keep looking online for better prices. Until then, I am going to keep practicing with regular cotton.
The bib pattern called for rick-rack. Luckily, my mom had several colors in her sewing bin. (There are a ton of mysterious sewing tools in it. I can't figure out what half of them are yet.) It's probably at least 25 years old but still held it's color and shape.
Here is the basic shape of the bib I choose. I thought at first it was huge. However, it fit my 20 month old nephew perfectly. I did have a problem with the bottom hem. I sewed the bib inside out and then sewed the bottom. Later, this frayed a bit.
I wasn't sure how to sew on the rick-rack. So I did what I do best-just jumped in and sewed it on. You can see the white thread but I like to see the thread. I didn't pin it on and it shows because it is a little off.
Bib #2 I left the top open after sewing this inside out. You can see a little fraying on the upper top...I needed to figure out a way to fix this. I slept on it.
I like sewing on the rick-rack. However, I think I went a little overboard on this one!
I decided to "hem" the bottoms of both pieces of fabric first. Then, I turned the bibs inside out and sewed. I turned the fabric to the right side and sewed the bottom shut. This was the best method but I should have pinned the bottom because I didn't exactly line up the bottom. I then sewed on rick-rack to the bottom.
I also used sticky Velcro as a fastener. I stick it on the back and then sewed a square around it. This was a very easy project. I am disappointed that I am having so much trouble with the mumbo-jumbo of the patterns. However, it is nice to figure things out for myself. It is a slow process but maybe it will pay off more in the end. Time will time!