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Project #62 Vintage Towel Bib

Thursday, 17 June 2010 by Irene Hoofs


Vintage Towel Bib by Kayanna Nelson aka June craft

I always see cute little vintage towels on my thrift store excursions but always pass them by because I have no idea what I'd do with them. I've seen those towel bibs before where they slide over the baby's head but the towels I always find are small and wouldn't be enough fabric for that style. After finding these adorable ones on my last thrifting trip for only .65 cents each I was determined to make something work. This small bias trimmed bib is perfect for using up old hand or kitchen towels that are too small for other projects. They're colorful, super absorbent, east to wash and so fast to make you can whip up a whole set in an hour. They'd make a great gift to a new mom!

What you'll need:
*Bias tape in coordinating colors
*Vintage towel or a towel that you're ready to retire
*Thread (You can use a color that matches the bias tape or a color that contrasts for a little more interest like I did on my orange and green bib)
*Towel Bib Template ( Download TowelBibTemplate)
*Sewing Machine


Step one:
Begin by laundering your towels if you've purchased thrift store ones.
Step two:
Cut your towels down to about 9in. x 9in square. My towels had crocheted tops which I just cut off and then trimmed to 9in x 9in.  
Step three:
Print out the bib template and cut it out (Download TowelBibTemplate). If your towel is very bright turn it to the wrong side to trace the pattern so you can easily see your line.
Step four:
Cut out the bib.
Step five:
Pin the bias tape around the edges of the bib, beginning on the right side and ending on the left not continuing across the top. Make sure the shorter side of the bias tape is on the front side of the bib so that when you sew you catch all of the tape. Use lots of pins so that the tape lays nice and flat with no puckers. Trust me, this will make sewing much, much easier.
Step six:
Sew the bias tape using a 1/16 inch seam allowance making sure you're catching both sides of the tape. Trim the ends of the bias tape even with the bib.
Step seven:
Cut a pieces of bias tape 26 inches long and centering the length along the center of the bib pin it in place. Again, use lots of pins to make sure it's nice and smooth.
Step eight:
Starting at one end of the bias tape and using a 1/16 inch seam allowance sew the bias tape closed, continue across the tope of the bib and then along the other end of the bias tape.
Step nine:
Backstitch at each end.
Step ten:
Put a small knot in both ends and you're done! If you wish you can iron your bib to make the bias tape lay a little flatter.


There are lost of ways you could change this pattern up and customize it. Try adding a vintage ribbon across the bib if you use a simpler patterned towel. Use a different color of bias tape for the outside of the bib than the top tape. Try making your own bias tape from a coordinating patterned fabric. You could also use a copy machine and reduce or enlarge the pattern for a more custom fit.  

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