July 29, 2010

Tutorial: ** Lace and Ruffles Bib Top**

I've been in sort of an orange and brown 70's floral throw back sort of mood lately so I came up with this little vintage inspired lacy bib onesie. My husband said it reminded him of the old shag carpet...hmmmm...not really sure if that was a complement.... but he thought so..... whatever I look horible in pink and my daughter has my coloring.....LOL:)

Anywho...on to the project:

Shirt to make-over
Double sided iron on interfacing
Cute fabric of your choice
Lace, the pre-ruffled kind works best
Fun Buttons
paper to create your template with
And the usual sewing supplies...pins, scissors, iron, and a Sewing machine..however you can always handstitch

Step One:

Create your bib template using your piece of paper, I like to use brown Kraft paper, you know the kind that comes in the rolls in the shipping section of the store. This sounds much harder than it really is, basically lay your sheet of paper over your shirt of choice and lightly feel for the rim of the shirt and trace onto your paper. Now sketch an oval bib shape under the edge/rim you just created on your paper, it doesn't have to be perfect as you can fix it later:) Now cut it out and try it out on top of your shirt, to make the sides even simply fold in half and re-size your template as needed.

Step Two:

 Cut a piece of interfacing a little larger than your bib template and iron onto the back side of your fabric. Make sure and follow the manufactures directions for the interfacing, ironing to long or accidentally using stem can really turn into a big oops, experience speaks here:)

Step Three:

 Trace and cut out bib template from your newly ironed fabric and interfacing.

Step Four:

Peel off interfacing backing and carefully place and iron bib onto your shirt. Again being careful to follow the directions for the interfacing:)

Step Five:
Get ready to stitch, I initially used a zig-zag stitch around the edge of my bib, then me and my sewing machine had a little disagreement so it turned out half zig-zag half straight stitch...LOL:) Hence why the stitching around the top of the bib looks a little out of sorts:)

Step Six:
Lay out your lace to measure approx. how much you will need, I usually cut a little more than I will need as it's always easier to trim it off in the end:) Once you've cut your lace pin it around the perimeter of your fabric bib and stitch. Being careful not to stretch your fabric while sewing as this will cause puckering and "waves" in your bib.

Step Seven:
Lay out an stitch your second piece of lace as you did your first piece. Remember to stitch your wider piece of lace first laying your narrower piece of lace on top. Also, note that you can just use one piece of lace, or as many as you would like:)

Step Eight:
 Your basically done...yes!! Trim your lace and sew on your buttons. I always use super strong and thick nylon thread when stitching buttons onto little girls clothes so that they are more likely to stay put:)

This tutorial doesn't have to just be used for a onesie, this idea can really be used on any size top! This is also a great way to cover those yucky chin drool stains:)

Please let me know if you find any mistakes or have questions along the way:) I'll be more than happy to help!


cowboybunny said...

Super cute tutorial!

ringmaster said...

so cute! been wanting to make something like this for my daughter! easy looking steps!

Unknown said...

this is darling! so glad to have found you :)

Anonymous said...

This is totally darling! Thanks so much for sharing it

emily said...

That is SO cute! I'm going to make these for my girls. Love it.

Lacey (schoolhousefarm) said...

I LOVE this. the daughters would too...

Vanessa Hewell said...

Very cute idea-especially with such great fabric! I'm definitely going to have to brave the thrift store again soon in hopes of finding more cool fabric. Oh, and buttons too!

Jessie said...

Are you kidding?! I'm making one for ME! So, so fab!

Unknown said...

Love it!! Thank you!


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