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Bib Buddies
(Applique Design)

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.

Turn an ordinary bib into something really fun with Bib Buddies!

This tutorial demonstrates how to stitch an applique Bib Buddies design, then place it on a bib so it looks like a child's head is peeking above the cute critter body.

With the body of a dinosaur, bear, lion, monkey, and more, these designs will delight young ones -- on bibs, onesies, tees, and more.


Read on for more details!

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.

Supplies Needed:

**Bib

**Small piece of fabric (for applique piece - I used 100% cotton flannel)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

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


Designs Used:

For this bib I chose the large size of the Bib Buddies - Dinosaur (Applique) design. Choose your favorites from all the adorable Bib Buddies designs!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

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

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 applique 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 applique 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 applique baby bib.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique 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 applique baby bib.
 

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



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

Now it's time to prepare the applique fabric piece. When you download an applique design you will find two files. One will start with a "Y" followed by 4 numbers, and that's the embroidery file. The other file ends with "_DL" which stands for "dieline."

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 applique baby bib.
 

After the dieline is printed or stitched, it's time to use the "template" to cut the fabric.  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 applique baby bib.
 

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



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique 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. Adding the topping is important, as 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 (this is okay), as the adhesive on the stabilizer will hold the bib in place. 


Next, attach the hoop to the machine and load the design (the file that starts 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 bib.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

Spray the backside of the fabric piece with adhesive.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

Place the fabric piece right inside the dieline.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

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.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

Then all the inside elements will sew.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique baby bib.
 

Continue with the design; a satin stitch border will sew.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered applique 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 (Applique) designs make a cute "critter body" effect on a bib, and a fabulous item for babies and toddlers.

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