Looking for that perfect baby gift? Embroider milestone baby bibs. These 12 bibs are sure to bring smiles and be used first as photo props to record each month’s milestone birthday, then for lunch time.
I used the Carefree Appliqué Alphabet Embroidery Design Collection, jersey baby bibs, and of course colorful fabric.
The embroidery collection includes three sizes of each letter, I chose the 3.5″ letters and the corresponding circle appliqué.
- Carefree Appliqué Alphabet Embroidery Design Collection
- Children’s Perfect Placement Kit: Bib Template
- Paper-backed fusible web
- Assortment of fabrics
- Assortment of Madeira Embroidery Thread
- Bobbins wound with bobbin thread
- Sticky-Back Tear-Away Stabilizer
- Merge circle first, and then the number(s) designs from the embroidery collection.
- Position the number inside the circle and allow for the word month or months below the number.
Note from Nancy: I used one of the alphabet fonts that are included on my Baby Lock embroidery machine when spelling out “months.”
- Trace the mirror-imaged number and circle appliqués onto the paper side of paper-backed fusible web. The appliqué outlines are included in the Carefree Appliqué Alphabet Embroidery Design Collection, which makes this process truly easy!
- Roughly cut the fusible web 1/4″ larger than each shape.
- Fuse to wrong side of fabric.
- Cut out each number and circle on the traced line.
- Press fusible mesh stabilizer to wrong side of each bib.
- Hoop a sticky-backed stabilizer, release the paper and stick the bib to the adhesive side of the stabilizer.
- Use the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit: Bib Template to position the appliqué on the bib. Position a target sticker in the template opening.
Note from Nancy: This bib template ensures that all 12 of the appliqués will be positioned in the same spot. It’s a great time saver, plus there are another 15 templates in the kit.
- Insert hoop into the computerized embroidery unit.
- Align needle with target placement sticker.
Easy Automatic Appliqué Technique
- Remove target sticker; embroider the first thread color—the circle outline.
- Remove the paper backing from the appliqué and position the wrong side of the appliqué fabric over the embroidered outline.
- Fuse the first cut-out appliqué.
Note from Nancy: If you opt to embroider fabrics with a pile, such as a terry cloth bib, position Wash-Away Stabilizer over the appliqué to keep the stitches from sinking into the fibers.
- Embroider the second thread color—the tackdown stitch.
- Embroider the third thread color—the satin stitch.
- Change thread colors to match the next appliqué shape.
- Stitch the next thread color—the outline of the number.
- Remove hoop from machine. (Do not remove fabric from the hoop.)
- Remove the paper backing from the fabric appliqué number(s).
- Place the appliqué within the outline.
- Fuse the appliqué to the fabric.
- Reinsert the hoop into the embroidery machine.
- Continue embroidering thread colors two and three.
- Embroider the word month or months with the remaining thread color. Month is only used for the first month bib.
- Carefully cut away excess stabilizer from behind the project.
These bibs are a pleasure to make and will become a cherished memory for the newest member of the family.
Watch Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Lessons (Part One and Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to win a copy of the Carefree Appliqué Alphabet Embroidery Design Collection, please share ideas and/or project where you would use these appliqué alphabet embroidery designs.
The random winner of a copy of the All Occasion Fabric Wraps book from Mary Mulari is Patricia Neal. She said: I would love to make one of these beach towel wraps for each member of my family. I have always found it uneasy to comfortably hold a beach towel around myself and I see others ‘fighting’ with them also, this solves that problem! Thank you!
Bye for now,