Saturday, October 29, 2011
Last week I had two baby showers to attend or send a gift to, and I was ecstatic to find this online tutorial and free pattern for the Bapron (AKA Baby Apron).
This is a full-coverage bib for infants and toddlers, providing arm holes and coverage over the shoulder. It is very difficult for the feisty child to remove. :) My daughter (pictured above) is a small 2 1/2 year old (about 25 lbs), but I imagine this would fit children from about 6 months to 25 - 30 lbs. Oh, how I wish I had learned of these about four years ago!
Not only is it a wonderful bib, it's fairly easy to make. I was able to make one in about 25 minutes after I made the first one (since it always takes longer the first time you do something!).
It's fairly frugal, too. Here's the price breakdown that I developed:
1 package of bias tape: $2 (or less with coupon)
1 hand towel (you will be able to make two bibs from one towel): $1/towel, or $0.50 per bib
Flannel: free from your scrap stash, or less than $1 if bought new
Thread and sewing machine
Total: $3.50 or less per bib
I made quite a variety of bibs last week since I was making for one baby and one baby girl. The dinosaur print is Dino Dudes from Michael Miller.
I chose to back mine with a tericloth towel, but you could use a second piece of flannel, denim, corduroy, or anything you wanted, really.
You could also choose to make your own bias tape. I have done this before, but used packaged for the sake of convenience in this case. Excellent instructions on how to make your own bias tape are here.
If you choose to put another flannel or cotton print on the back, the bibs are actually reversible. I would recommend adding a layer of batting in between to increase absorbency for the messy meals.
I just can't say enough about how much I loved these bibs! I am certain I will be making more for baby gifts in the future!