I believe I may have sewn more this summer than I have ever sewn before. You can blame it on the pregnancy insomnia if you want or the nesting, I’m sure that had something to do with it, but the truth is I am on a personal mission of my own. I promised myself that by the end of this year at least 90% of the children’s wardrobes would be handmade. (I am fighting fast fashion one garment at a time, but that’s a story for another day…) As far as Jane, Madeleine, and Kilian are concerned I have almost reached that percentage. The older boys are a bit harder to sew for, so that may be a bit of a lofty goal, but we’ll see. I plan on sharing each of their wardobes over time, and as I add to them… so what better place to start than with Jane’s! You can refer to my last post to see her wearing each item. Below are links to the patterns, fabric and accessories I used. (Some of the outfits I made without using a pattern… if you have any questions on those just ask and I’ll try my best to answer!)
handmade (to make)
bonnet pattern ( I cut a piece about 25″ x 1 1/4″ long and sewed it on as the binding and ties.)
A while back I shared with you the patchwork bibs I had made for Madeleine. I really, really love these bibs. They wash up great, are made to last and are really quick and easy to make. I was in need of a couple of smaller ones for Finian so decided to write up a tutorial for you this time around.
On all of the bibs I have made I have used linen and cotton scraps. I love the clean look the linen gives and the way it helps the scrap pieces stick out, but even better it washes up amazingly! For Finian’s bib, I decided to use all pieces cut from Sweetwater’s collection The Boat House.
Here is the tutorial. Enjoy!
Patchwork Bib Tutorial
17 scrap pieces each made into 1 1/2″ squares
18- 1 1/2″ squares of your solid color
6″ X 8″ piece of your solid color
2 – 2″ x 15″ matching fabric pieces (for the ties)
1. Using the bib pattern, cut the bib top and bottom out of your 6″x 8″ piece of solid fabric.
2. Lay out your squares as you would like them to be in your bib. 5 rows of 7 squares, as seen below. 3. Sew each row of squares together and then sew your rows together. 4. Sew the top and bottom bib piece to your patchwork square.
5. Lay your bib on top of your batting. Pin and quilt as desired. Add any extra little touches that you may want. For the little sailboat I drew it on with a fabric pencil, and hand-stitched over it with 2 pieces of embroidery floss.6. Make your bib ties as follows:
On one edge of both strips, press 1/4″ towards inside.Fold your strips in half wrong sides together and press.Open up and fold each outer edge to the middle. Press. Fold along center line again and press.Sew along top and outer edge.7. Sew your ties to top of bib sewing along top edge of ties and making sure to back stitch a couple of times to hold it securely.
8. Keeping your ties to the inside, lay your bib face down on top of piece of backing fabric. (Don’t pay any attention to the back side of my hand-stitches. Yikes!)
9. Pin and sew around bib, leaving a small opening on bottom of bib. Cut excess backing fabric off and turn inside out. Press.
10. Finish bib by sewing very close around the outer edge of entire bib.
If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhpatchworkbib. I would love to see what you make!