My favorite couple in Arlington just had a pair of beautiful twin boys. I met them yesterday when they were only 24 hours old. They are sweet, tiny people. But you know they’re going to grow into little troublemakers. What are a couple of NoVa hipster kids going to need? Mustaches. And why wait until they are in their teens when Aunty Kate can get them going early?
The Double Trouble Stash Pack consists of the following amazing items:
- Matching pacifiers with mustaches. These incredibly hilarious things may be purchased from Babes To Grandmas’ Etsy Store.
- Organic rice cereal AKA “Mustache Enhancer.” This product should be used daily for best results.
- Quilted bibs so the boys can eat in style.
Want to quilt your own bib?
This is a simple quilting project and great to use up that scrap fabric you have laying around.
To make your own, you will need:
- Approximately 1 yard of coordinating quilting fabric (try 5-6 patterned fabrics – again, this is a great project for scrap!)
- Matching thread
- Thin cotton batting or terrycloth
- Snaps, velcro, or ribbon to make the bib closure
Here are the detailed instructions:
1. Make a bib pattern. If you happen to have a bib already, trace it onto paper to make your pattern. If you don’t, Martha Stewart has a free printable pattern available.
2. Cut your fabric. Be sure anything you use is pre-washed and dried. To make a checkered look, I cut 1.5″ squares of a variety of coordinating fabrics. You can use bigger squares to suit your taste.
3. Measure. Lay your pattern bib on a quilting mat and determine the maximum height and width of the bib. Then organize your cut squares into rows, adding 3 squares in every row to account for seam allowance.
4. Sew, baby, sew. Using a straight stitch on your machine, connect the squares into rows. Use the smallest seam allowance you can execute accurately (I did 1/4″ on the bibs shown). Remember that the larger your seam allowance, the more extra squares you will need to add to each row, and eventually you’ll need to add another row, too. Don’t worry about backing up your seams. When you have all your rows completed, take a break and iron the seams open. Then connect all your rows together so that you have one big quilted square. Iron again.
5. Cut. Now pin your pattern to the quilted square. Cut it out.
6. Batting and backing. Choose either a thin cotton batting or terry cloth to fill out the bib. Also pick your backing fabric. Lay your backing fabric pattern side facing down. Lay the batting on top. You probably do not need to pin, but one or two never hurt. Put your bib pattern on top of the batting and cut 1/2 inch minimum outside of the edges (that’s right! Make the batting and backing bigger than your original pattern).
7. Quilt. Get busy! Lay the layers together – first the backing (backing pattern side facing down), batting, and quilt top on top (pattern side facing up). Pin everything down. There are a ton of machine quilting options (examples here). I would suggest on this basic square pattern to simply “stitch in the ditch.” That is, using a matching thread and a straight stitch, sew in the seam lines of the rows of squares you originally put together. The idea is that the stitch is not visible on the top of the quilt, though a tufting effect is created, but it is visible on the backing. This technique is easiest when your squares and rows are lined up correctly in the first place. Don’t beat yourself up if they don’t; relax and remember that this is a bib for a baby and it is meant to get dirty. Plus an imperfect quilting project is always better.
8. It’s time for binding! Take your extra backing and batting fabric and fold it up and over so that its raw edges lines up with the edge of the quilt top. Now fold it a second time so there are no raw edges visible. Pin it down (this is key!). Then simply stitch over it – I like to use a zig zag stitch to add a bit of character, but a straight stitch or a blind hem stitch also work great. The curves on the bib can pose a bit of a challenge, you may have to adjust your folds as you go around the curves.
9. Snap Snap! If you’ve chosen a bib pattern that needs a closure, you will need to hand sew on some snaps! You may just put one, or even two or three to allow for size adjustment as the baby grows. If you’re not into snaps, you could try velcro, buttons, or ribbon ties.
And voilà. Happy quilting!