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Baby Bibs

Baby Bibs

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Baby clothing is by far the cutest and most fun wardrobe in existence. Pint-sized jeans, overalls, and V-neck sweaters keep our children irresistible (admit it, sometimes it's all that stops you from trading them in for a kayak!) But keeping that attire clean seems an impossible task, even for super moms like you. The solutions, of course, are these wonderful contraptions we call baby bibs. Use them, and increase the lifespan of your baby clothes by years!

There are basically two or three standard designs for baby bibs. There's the Velcro style, the tie style, and the over the head style. Each one has its pros and cons, and everybody has their preferences. If you don't belong to a specific fan club yet, try them all out and see which one works best for you.

You can create your own baby bibs from old hand or dishtowels that you have lying around the house. A little bit of Velcro, a stitch or two, and you will have some great looking baby bibs. These bibs are superior to the dainty store bought ones for a few reasons. Since they are made from towels, their absorption capabilities are much greater. How many times have you received as a baby gift one of those impermeable bibs that look so cute, but seem to repel liquid more than soak it up? Towels just do the job better.

Another reason to use towels for your bibs is they are much longer and wider than your average bib. This is an obvious plus, as it will cover more of your baby's adorable outfit, keeping it cleaner and safer.

Here's an easy towel-to-bib recipe.

Measure the size of your baby's head, and cut a hole roughly 1" smaller. Remember, this ultimately has to sit around your baby's neck, but it must first get past his head.

Using a finishing stitch, sew a nice seam all around the open edge of the hole.

For a baby girl, you can add a cute ruffle around the outer edge or neck of the bib. It's easy, and makes a sweet finishing touch!

If you prefer the Velcro method, alter as follows.

Cut a slit about 2 or 3 inches deep into one end of the towel.

Measure and size the hole for the neck (no head allowance necessary). When using Velcro, you have more leeway in sizing, as it can be adjusted to really fit your baby perfectly. So don't worry if the measurements aren't exact.

Sew along the open edges to give a finished look and to prevent fraying.

Cut and sew a strip of Velcro onto either side of the slit that you created when you cut the towel initially.

And that's it! So simple, and so useful! Have fun with your baby bibs, too. Buy iron or sew on appliqués for a cute addition, or crochet your baby's name onto the bib. If you are handy with a crochet hook, you can decorate your baby's bibs with fun sayings like "#1 eater", "Mommy loves me", or "My other bib is Versace"! There's no end to the fun additions you can make with just a little bit of creativity and skill.

So next time you have a dishtowel that is garbage pail bound, put it to good use. Save money, and keep your kids clean with stylish and practical homemade bibs.

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