In fact, today's project is one that I will be gifting to a couple of friends from the gym who are expecting! The gym owner and I conspired to give a gift made out of one of their logo T-shirts, so now we can claim our youngest member. :)
By the way, I love the idea of taking all kinds of adult-sized T-shirts to upcycle into bibs. It would be great for school T-shirts, so your baby can have the same school spirit as you! Or why not make the little one a bib to support your favorite sports team? Also, I know that my guy has more than enough company T-shirts that could be upcycled into a cute bib one day. The possibilities are endless!
Enough with the talk, let's get to the tutorial!
What You Will Need
- The T-shirt
- Matching (or contrast) thread to your shirt
- A pattern
- I modified this one, but there are so many great patterns out there, like this one!
- OR you can trace an existing bib, making sure to add seam allowance
- OR make a pattern of your own!
- 2 x 2" square of hook & loop tape (AKA Velcro)
- Pattern weights
- Sewing machine!
- Optional, but highly recommended: Flannel lining, for stabilization
1. First cut up the side seams so you can work with the front and back of the shirts separately.
2. Before cutting your pattern pieces, make sure that you can center the logo onto the pattern piece by laying it on top. This may require a couple of edits to your pattern piece. Coincidentally, mine had the two kinds of problems that you may encounter. More work for me, but better for this tutorial!
However, if the logo first perfectly onto the pattern piece, go ahead and skip to step 3!
- If your logo is too large, you can either cut into the logo if it isn't important OR extend the pattern piece a bit, like I showed here.
- Also, the bib "arms" might go into the neck portion of the piece like mine does. All you will have to do is cut the piece and add some seam allowance. See below for the pictures.
- I chopped off the two arms of the front piece and cut all three pieces separately.
|Using my homemade pattern weights!|
These are the two "arms" I cut out. I just made sure to position them on the T-shirt right-side up and I added a bit of seam allowance so the arms didn't end up too short.
3. The back piece (and lining) is much easier to cut because you can position it basically anywhere on the shirt. Just make sure to flip the pattern piece over because you don't want to end up with the wrong side of the fabric showing.
4. Sew the arms back onto the front piece. Press open the seams.
5. Next, you are going to want to sew the hook & loop tape, but do not place it all the way at the edge or else it will get stuck in your seam allowance later. For some helpful tips on how to sew Velcro, check out this post!
- Place the hook (sharper) side on the long arm of the back piece
- Place the loop (softer) side on the short arm of the front piece
Now we have our assembled front piece, back piece, and flannel, if you are using it.
6. This is always the part that trips me up, so I'll explain it as best I can. You will want the three layers stacked up just right or else you will end up having to use your seam ripper...
- Layer 1: Lining. It shouldn't matter which way it faces because it will be inside, but if it has a texture or print you want to hide, you will want that wrong side to be facing down. In other words, it will be right side up.
- Layer 2: Front piece. That should be right side up.
- Layer 3: Back piece. Right side down.
7. Sew all around the entire perimeter of the fabric layers, leaving a small hole at the bottom. You can then trim away any bulky seams.
8. Turn the entire thing inside out. This will be hard because of the Velcro, but slowly ease it out. Press flat.
9. Top stitch around the entire edge, making sure to pinch the bottom portion closed.
10. Then, I like to do a Velcro test. I placed it on Lily (my dress form) and gave it a good firm tug. You know that babies always like to tear their bibs off!
Add some more Velcro if you need to, but otherwise, that's it! All that's left is to gift it to the little one. :)
Do you have a T-shirt that you would like turn into a baby bib?