Collin is getting to the age where he wants to feed himself, but misses his mouth most of the time. His little bibs weren't cutting it anymore, and we needed something with more coverage.
1 dish cloth
1 package of double fold bias tape
1 cord stopper
sewing machine with coordinating thread
an old bib for a neck guide
1. Use your little bib as a guide for cutting out the neck hole. Place the little bib at the end of the dish towel, and don't forget to center it. Trace the horse shoe shape and cut out.
2. Cut three strips from your bias tape; One strip 30 inches long, and two strips 15 inches long.
3. Take your long bias tape strip (30") and insert the cut edge of the neck in between the fold. One side of the bias tape is slightly shorter than the other. I pinned the short side on top (the front side). Make sure to center the bias tape and dish cloth so you have even tails. ;)
Pin all the way around to hold the bias tape in place.
4. Sew with the front facing up. Top stitch the bias tape all the way around from end to end. My stitch was about 1/8 from the edge. With the shorter side of the bias tape on top, you can be assured the longer side will be caught in the stitch.
5. Take one of your short strips (15") of bias tape and pin it ten inches down from the top corner. Repeat on the other side. These are the side ties.
6. Attach your side ties with a box stitch for strength.
7. Stitch your bias tape closed, and finish the ends how you like. I clipped mine with pinking shears. Fold the ends over and sew for a more finished look.
8. The hardest part of this entire project was getting the bias tape through the little hole of the cord stopper. After several failed attempts, I wrapped the ends with masking tape and got them part way through. I used needle nose pliers to finish pulling them all the way through. I only used the cord stopper on the neck of the bib. Tying the back of the bib is easy. Keeping Collin from pulling the bib off his neck is hard, hence the quick cord stopper.
Enjoy your new big kid bib.