Baby Bib from Hand Towel (Applique Design)

Hand Towel Baby Bibs
(featuring applique Animals on the Edge)

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.

Terrycloth baby bibs are a parents best friend. They're absorbent and easy to launder - no fuss, no muss.

This tutorial demonstrates how to make a baby bib out of an ordinary hand towel. An applique Animals on the Edge design peeks from the bottom of the bib. These instructions will show you how to position an "edgy" design right at the bottom of the bib.

Free pattern pieces help you trace the shape of the bib.

Read on for more details!

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.

Supplies Needed:

**Terry cloth hand towel (or about 3/8 yard terry cloth)

**3/8 yard PUL fabric - polyester/polyurethane laminated fabric (for back)

**Small piece of fabric (for applique piece - I used flannel)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Water soluble stabilizer (for topping - I prefer Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy)


**Temporary spray adhesive


**Air-erase pen

**Snaps and snap tool


Special Project Notes:

I used PUL fabric (polyester/polyurethane fabric; found it at www.Fabric.com) for the back of the bib. PUL fabric has a rubbery finish on one side which makes it water resistant. This prevents liquids from seeping through to the back of the bib. Using PUL is optional - you could use soft cotton fabric like flannel for the back, or even another layer of terrycloth.

Designs Used:

For this tutorial I used the small size of the Peeking Owl (Applique) design.

Finished Size:
8" wide by 9 1/4" high


Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 


I've made a pattern to help you trace the shape of the bib. Click here for a PDF of the pattern. 

The pattern is in two parts which will print on two pieces of 8 1/2" by 11" paper.

 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Next, cut out the pieces and tape them together. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Lay the towel (or piece of terry cloth) flat and place the pattern piece on top.  Pin the pattern in place and using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, trace the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Remove the pattern piece and measure and make marks 1/2" up from the bottom edge of the shape. Draw lines connecting the marks. This line will be used to position the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you would like to learn more about working with templates, see these handy instructions.

Trim the template by cutting right along the bottom edge of the design. Cut around the side and top edges leaving about 1" of excess around the design. 

Align the bottom edge of the template with the line you just drew (leaving the 1/2" space in between the template and the bottom edge of the shape). Also, center the template side to side by measuring equal distances between the center point on the template and the side edges of the shape. Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Lay a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric. This topping helps to prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric. Hoop all three layers together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 


Next, prepare the applique fabric piece for the design. To do this, print the dieline (DL file) that is included in the download.


Print a copy of the dieline file at full size with your embroidery software. (If you do not have embroidery software or you are unable to print from it, you can embroider the dieline file onto a sheet of paper. Load the dieline file ("_DL") into your machine, hoop a piece of paper, and embroider the dieline directly onto the paper.)



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

After the dieline is printed or stitched, use the "template" to cut the fabric to the right size and shape.

Begin by making a "sandwich" of stabilizer, applique fabric, and the paper template. Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with a little temporary adhesive (I use KK100).
Smooth the applique fabric on top of the stabilizer.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Next, spray the backside of the paper template with a quick shot of adhesive and smooth it over the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the embroidery design (that's the file that begins with "Y" followed by four numbers).

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the towel. 

Embroider the design. The first thing that will sew is another dieline. After the dieline is finished, stop the machine and remove the hoop, but do not unhoop the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Spray the backside of the fabric piece with adhesive.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Place the fabric right inside the dieline.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design. A zigzag tack down stitch will sew next. This binds the applique piece to the fabric for the remainder of the design.  Then, all the inside elements will sew.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Continue with the design. Next, a satin stitch border will sew.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery. Also, gently tear away the topping. If any small bits remain you can use a tweezers to remove them. Or, wet your finger tips with water and brush the bits away.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Now it's time to cut out the shape of the bib from the terry cloth.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

To prepare the back fabric, lay the fabric flat with right side facing up (if using PUL fabric, lay the fabric soft side facing up). Then, flip the pattern piece over, wrong side up, and lay it on top of the fabric. Pin in place, trace the shape, remove the pattern, and cut out the shape. Next, align the front and back pieces together, right sides together, and pin in place. Lay the bib with the front fabric side (embroidered side) facing up. 

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 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 using a pressing cloth. Also, turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press. Next, top stitch a 1/8" seam along the outer edges of the bib starting and stopping at the outer edges of the design (I did not top stitch under the design).
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Add top portion of the snap to the front side of the bib at the end of the top strap (about 1/2" from the end of the strap).  Then, add 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.  And the bib is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered pincushion organizer.
 

Animals on the Edge (Applique) designs make a fun peeking effect on this bib, and a unique baby item everyone will love.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.


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Baby Bib from Hand Towel (Applique Design)

Hand Towel Baby Bibs
(featuring applique Animals on the Edge)

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.

Terrycloth baby bibs are a parents best friend. They're absorbent and easy to launder - no fuss, no muss.

This tutorial demonstrates how to make a baby bib out of an ordinary hand towel. An applique Animals on the Edge design peeks from the bottom of the bib. These instructions will show you how to position an "edgy" design right at the bottom of the bib.

Free pattern pieces help you trace the shape of the bib.

Read on for more details!

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.

Supplies Needed:

**Terry cloth hand towel (or about 3/8 yard terry cloth)

**3/8 yard PUL fabric - polyester/polyurethane laminated fabric (for back)

**Small piece of fabric (for applique piece - I used flannel)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Water soluble stabilizer (for topping - I prefer Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy)


**Temporary spray adhesive


**Air-erase pen

**Snaps and snap tool


Special Project Notes:

I used PUL fabric (polyester/polyurethane fabric; found it at www.Fabric.com) for the back of the bib. PUL fabric has a rubbery finish on one side which makes it water resistant. This prevents liquids from seeping through to the back of the bib. Using PUL is optional - you could use soft cotton fabric like flannel for the back, or even another layer of terrycloth.

Designs Used:

For this tutorial I used the small size of the Peeking Owl (Applique) design.

Finished Size:
8" wide by 9 1/4" high


Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 


I've made a pattern to help you trace the shape of the bib. Click here for a PDF of the pattern. 

The pattern is in two parts which will print on two pieces of 8 1/2" by 11" paper.

 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Next, cut out the pieces and tape them together. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Lay the towel (or piece of terry cloth) flat and place the pattern piece on top.  Pin the pattern in place and using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, trace the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Remove the pattern piece and measure and make marks 1/2" up from the bottom edge of the shape. Draw lines connecting the marks. This line will be used to position the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you would like to learn more about working with templates, see these handy instructions.

Trim the template by cutting right along the bottom edge of the design. Cut around the side and top edges leaving about 1" of excess around the design. 

Align the bottom edge of the template with the line you just drew (leaving the 1/2" space in between the template and the bottom edge of the shape). Also, center the template side to side by measuring equal distances between the center point on the template and the side edges of the shape. Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Lay a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric. This topping helps to prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric. Hoop all three layers together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 


Next, prepare the applique fabric piece for the design. To do this, print the dieline (DL file) that is included in the download.


Print a copy of the dieline file at full size with your embroidery software. (If you do not have embroidery software or you are unable to print from it, you can embroider the dieline file onto a sheet of paper. Load the dieline file ("_DL") into your machine, hoop a piece of paper, and embroider the dieline directly onto the paper.)



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

After the dieline is printed or stitched, use the "template" to cut the fabric to the right size and shape.

Begin by making a "sandwich" of stabilizer, applique fabric, and the paper template. Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with a little temporary adhesive (I use KK100).
Smooth the applique fabric on top of the stabilizer.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Next, spray the backside of the paper template with a quick shot of adhesive and smooth it over the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the embroidery design (that's the file that begins with "Y" followed by four numbers).

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the towel. 

Embroider the design. The first thing that will sew is another dieline. After the dieline is finished, stop the machine and remove the hoop, but do not unhoop the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Spray the backside of the fabric piece with adhesive.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Place the fabric right inside the dieline.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design. A zigzag tack down stitch will sew next. This binds the applique piece to the fabric for the remainder of the design.  Then, all the inside elements will sew.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Continue with the design. Next, a satin stitch border will sew.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery. Also, gently tear away the topping. If any small bits remain you can use a tweezers to remove them. Or, wet your finger tips with water and brush the bits away.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Now it's time to cut out the shape of the bib from the terry cloth.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

To prepare the back fabric, lay the fabric flat with right side facing up (if using PUL fabric, lay the fabric soft side facing up). Then, flip the pattern piece over, wrong side up, and lay it on top of the fabric. Pin in place, trace the shape, remove the pattern, and cut out the shape. Next, align the front and back pieces together, right sides together, and pin in place. Lay the bib with the front fabric side (embroidered side) facing up. 

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 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 using a pressing cloth. Also, turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press. Next, top stitch a 1/8" seam along the outer edges of the bib starting and stopping at the outer edges of the design (I did not top stitch under the design).
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib from a hand towel.
 

Add top portion of the snap to the front side of the bib at the end of the top strap (about 1/2" from the end of the strap).  Then, add 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.  And the bib is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered pincushion organizer.
 

Animals on the Edge (Applique) designs make a fun peeking effect on this bib, and a unique baby item everyone will love.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.


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