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Bib Buddies
(Stitch-filled Design)

 

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

Bib Buddies designs create a fun "peeking" effect on bibs, onesies, and tees. A baby or toddler looks like they've grown a tiger body!

Or a dinosaur, bear, monkey, lion...choose your favorites and delight babies, and parents, too.


This tutorial demonstrates how to stitch a Bib Buddies design, then place it on the edge of a bib so a child's head peeks over the cute critter body.

Read on for more details!

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.

Supplies Needed:

**Bib

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

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


Designs Used:

For my bib I used the large size of the Bib Buddies - Tiger design. Choose your favorites from all the adorable Bib Buddies designs!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 


To get started, create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you would like more information about making and using templates, see these instructions.

Trim the template by cutting right along the top edge of the design (across the top of the neck). Cut around the side and top edges, leaving about one inch of excess around the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 

Lay the bib flat and arrange the template on the bib. Position the template so that the top of the neck it centered along the top edge of the bib. This means that the center point on the template will be off center a bit.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 


To ensure that the design covers the top edge of the bib just right, move the template directly up about 1/16". Doing this will allow the stitches on the top of the design to sew completely over the top edge of the bib.  Then, using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke a hole in the template and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points (mark the top point onto the fabric under the template).
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 

Cut a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop. Then, spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the bib on top. Make sure the bib is lying as flat as possible.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 

Next, extend the lines on the bib onto the stabilizer.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 


Lay a piece of water soluble topping (I prefer Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy) over the bib and hoop all three layers together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. It's important to add the topping, because it helps prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric. It also prevents the embroidery machine foot from getting caught on the outer trim of the bib as the foot moves back and forth over the trim. Not all of the bib will be hooped, and this is okay as the adhesive on the stabilizer will hold the bib in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the bib, and embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered baby bib.
 


When the design has finished, unhoop the bib and tear away the topping. If any small bits are left behind you can use a tweezers to remove them or wet your fingertips and gently brush the topping away. Trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery: cut along the top edge as close to the stitches as possible without cutting them (I used a small sharp scissors to do this).  Then, cut around the side and bottom edges leaving about 1/4" to 1/2" of the stabilizer behind.  Also, trim any loose, long stitches on the backside of the embroidery. And you are done!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

Bib Buddies designs on bibs, onesies, and tees make absolutely adorable new baby and shower gifts. Toddlers will love them, too!

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Products used in this Project:

Bib Buddies - Bear $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.85" x 3.63" | 3.88" x 2.90" | 2.50" x 1.87"

Bib Buddies - Monkey $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.26" | 3.84" x 3.37" | 2.51" x 2.20"

Bib Buddies - Pig $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.33" | 3.84" x 3.43" | 2.50" x 2.23"

Bib Buddies - Lion $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.86" x 3.28" | 3.81" x 2.57" | 2.50" x 1.69"

Bib Buddies - Dinosaur $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.87" x 4.62" | 3.88" x 3.68" | 2.49" x 2.37"

Bib Buddies - Tiger $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.85" x 3.29" | 3.84" x 2.61" | 2.50" x 1.69"