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Hand Towel Baby Bib
(Applique Design)

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.


Transform a soft and absorbent terrycloth hand towel into a no-fuss baby bib! Simply follow these steps to see how to create your own easy-to-launder bib with a too-cute applique design.
 


Project Needs & Notes:


- Terrycloth hand towel (or about 3/8 yard terrycloth)
- 3/8 yard polyester/polyurethane laminated fabric (also called PUL; for back)
-
Medium-weight (2.5 oz) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer for topping (Sulky Solvy or Super Solvy)
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Snaps and snap tool

The design featured in this tutorial include:
- Y3996, Peeking Owl (Applique)

Finished Size
8" x 9 1/4"

 


Begin by printing a PDF of the pattern. The pattern is in two parts which will print on two sheets of 8 1/2" by 11" paper.


Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Cut out the pieces and tape them together.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
Lay the hand towel flat and place the pattern piece on top. 

Pin the pattern in place.

Use an air-erase pen to trace the shape of the pattern onto the terrycloth.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Align the bottom edge of the template with the line drawn on the terrycloth, leaving the 1/2" space in between the template and the bottom edge of the shape.

Center the template between the sides. Mark the center point of the design, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer larger then the hoop, and lay the terrycloth on top.

Place a piece of lightweight water-soluble stabilizer on top of the terrycloth.

Hoop all three layers together, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
When you download an applique design, you'll find multiple files.

One is the embroidery file, and the others are dieline files, marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open the dieline files with embroidery software and print them.

Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.

Spray the backside of the front piece dieline with temporary spray adhesive and smooth onto the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
Cut out the shapes and remove the paper.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the design.

A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is a fine choice when embroidering on terrycloth.


The first thing to sew will be a dieline, or outline stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Spray the backside of the front felt piece with adhesive.

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Place the fabric piece right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Reattach the hoop onto the machine and continue with the design -- a zigzag stitch tack down will sew next.

This binds the fabric piece to the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

All of the inner elements will sew next, followed by a satin-stitch border.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.
After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Gently tear away the water-soluble stabilizer from the front.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Cut out the shape of the bib.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

To cut a piece of PUL for the back, lay it flat with the right side (soft side) facing up.

Flip the paper pattern piece over, wrong side up. Lay it on top of the PUL.

Pin in place. Trace the shape. Remove the pattern, and cut out the bib shape.

Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Align the embroidered terrycloth and PUL pieces together, right sides together.

Pin in place.


Sew a 1/4" seam along the outer edges of the fabric, leaving at least 4" open along the right side.

When you reach the embroidery design along the bottom edge, sew a 1/8" seam directly under the bottom edge of the design. Turn the bib right side out. Press the seams with an iron, and use a pressing cloth. Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press.

T
op stitch a 1/8" seam along the outer edges of the bib starting and stopping at the outer edges of the design (it is not necessary to top stitch under the design).


Free project instructions to embroider a hand towel baby bib with applique.

Add the top portion of the snap to the front side of the bib about 1/2" from the end of the strap.

A
dd the bottom portion of the snap to the front side of the bib at the right top tab about 1/2" from the top edge of the tab.

Hand Towel Baby Bib (Applique Design)



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Products used in this Project:

Peeking Unicorn (Applique) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.88" x 6.25" | 4.85" x 5.14" | 3.68" x 3.87"

Peeking Monkey (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.43" x 5.04" | 6.84" x 3.66" | 3.88" x 2.08"

Peeking Dog (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.05" x 5.88" | 6.90" x 4.48" | 3.88" x 2.53"

Peeking Cat (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.70" x 5.88" | 5.58" x 4.89" | 3.88" x 3.40"

Peeking Panda (Applique) $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.18" x 5.88" | 6.88" x 4.41" | 3.88" x 2.49"

Peeking Skunk (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.99" | 6.88" x 4.03" | 3.90" x 2.28"

Peeking Turkey (Applique) $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.76" | 6.87" x 3.84" | 3.90" x 2.20"