By Donna Fenske, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger

Here’s how to make adorable but functional bibs from fingertip towels. Plain or embellished with embroidery designs, they’ll be treasured by moms and appreciated as shower gifts. Follow along as I show you the five easy steps to create bibs from fingertip towels with great results.

Step one—create a neckline opening pattern

  • Create a circular pattern for the neckline opening, using a Yardstick Compass.
  • Set the distance between the pivot point and the lead at 2-3/4″, which will create a 5-1/2″ circle.
  • Trace the circle onto Pattern Tracing Paper. Cut out the circle, and use it as your pattern for the neckline opening.

Step Two—cut the opening

  • Fold a fingertip towel in half lengthwise and pin-mark the fold.
  • Measure down 4″ from the top of the towel and place a pin to mark that spot, as well.
  • Fold your pattern piece in half to help match the center of the pattern to the centerline of the towel.
  • Align the top of your circle pattern with the pin mark that is 4″ from the top of the towel. Also, align the crease on your pattern piece with the vertical pin markings on the towel.
  • Pin your pattern piece in place.
  • Cut out the circular neckline from the towel, carefully following the pattern shape.

Step Three—prepare the ribbing

  • Prepare the ribbing for the neckline opening. Cut a piece of cotton/poly ribbing 2-1/2″ wide x 11-1/2″ long. Bring the short ends, right sides together.
  • Serge or use a slight zigzag stitch to join the short ends of the ribbing.
  • Fold the ribbing in half lengthwise, meeting wrong sides together, to create the neckline ribbing.

Step Four—quarter-mark the pieces

  • Quarter-mark the fingertip towel and the neckline ribbing.
  • Fold towel in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, meeting uncut edges.
  • Pin mark the folded edge of the neckline.
  • Fold the long edge down to create a quarter-circle at the neckline opening. Pin the top and bottom edges so you have four equally spaced pins around the neckline opening.

  • Repeat the process with the neckline ribbing.
  • Begin by placing a pin at the seam, which becomes the center back. Fold ribbing in half and place another pin at the center front.
  • Fold ribbing in half again and place pins at the remaining two folds. You’ll have a total of four pin markings on the ribbing.

Step Five—sew the ribbing to the neckline

  • Match the center back seam of the ribbing to the top of the towel neckline opening, meeting right sides together and having cut edges aligned.
  • Pin ribbing to the towel neckline, meeting quarter mark to quarter mark.

  • Serge or use a slight zigzag to attach the ribbing to the towel. Stretch the ribbing to fit equally between each set of quarter marks, and remove the pins as you come to them when stitching the neckline.
  • Leave the bib front blank or embellish as desired.

Make several easy pullover bibs for a great gift set.

Click on the link to watch a video demonstration of the step-by-step process to make these Easy Pullover Bibs. You can also download the free pattern with complete instructions from the video page.

Thanks to Donna Fenske for being my guest blogger this month!

Nancy's Giveaway WinnerThe random winner of Travel Gear Made Easy Embroidery CD ($35.99 value) is Linda Nelson whose comment was: New York! It is a great place to bring something unique!

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