Making Stuff: Vintage Linen Bibs

by This is Carrie on January 4, 2011

You might wonder why anyone would ever want to use a piece of beautiful, hand-embroidered fabric as a bib when it’s inevitably going to get stained and ruined.  I thought the same thing until I realized covering it with a piece of clear plastic (used for tablecloths) would make it wearable, wipeable and washable.

Materials used: clear plastic tablecover fabric (found at local fabric store), embroidered linens (I cut pieces of a table runner and a pillowcase that were otherwised stained), chenille (for the backing to give the bib some thickness), and handcut floral bias binding.

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Karissa Ferguson January 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

These are gorgeous!!

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carey January 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

beautiful! i never would have thought of that.

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Casey January 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I think they’re beautiful!

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Des January 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

okay….how tricky was it with the clear vinyl???? that stuff gives me headaches. I love this idea, so if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them.

Beautiful!

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joscott Reply:

tuck a piece of tissue between the clear plastic and the foot to miminise slippage

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this is carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie
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I’ve heard that tissue paper helps. I machine basted all the layers together and didn’t seem to have a problem with stickiness. Then when adding the bias, none of the plastic every touched the machine, so it definitely wasn’t a problem.

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Sara January 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

These are gorgeous. LOVE

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Amy January 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

I love those bibs! I have used the clear vinyl in the past- it was a little tricky to work with but I will do it for those bibs. I’m being induce in 5 weeks with baby girl #3 and those would be adorable.

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KP January 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

My new favorite!!!

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Jodie R. January 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

What a great idea :) Now I just need to have another baby so I can make some of these adorable bibs!

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Jacqueline Snell January 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

So how did you make these? Do you have a pattern? I am new to sewing and new to re-using and would love to make one for my daughters first Birthday. Could you help me?

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this is carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie
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Hey Jacqueline, glad to hear you are picking up sewing and reusing. I wish I had time to do more tutorials. Here the quick explanation, I hope this helps:

-draw bib shape
-cut one each of backing (chenille), embroidered linen, and clear plastic.
-machine baste all layers together around the edge – 1/4 from edge
-sew on bias binding to neck edge
-sew on bias binding to outer edge leaving extra on each end for ties.

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Jacqueline Snell January 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks so much! I will try my best and maybe let you know the finished product:-)

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stephanie January 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I’ve only recently started sewing (teaching myself as I go) and have a 8 month old girl, Sienna Ruby. I’m new to blogs and would never normally write (I’m more of a secret watcher) but am inspired by you. I love the way you think, your family values and your creativity. I also mountain bike and LOVE vintage bibs … I made some toille ones while I was pregnant. Thanks for your blog- It inspires me to be that little bit more creative and to also make the time to make things !!

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Wendy January 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

okay, i knoooooooow this is not what the posting was about but i absolutely MUST know where you found the pattern for the crocheted afghan that is underneath the bibs. that is *fantastic*. it looks vintage and i could probably replicate it if i sat here looking at it long enough, but a pattern would be much easier. if you know where to find the pattern (whether online or offline), PLEASE let me know. i must have it.

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This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie
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That is another crocheted blanket my mom made. I will ask her if she remembers where the pattern came from and let you know!

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Amy February 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

This is really neat. Do you care if I share on my blog with a link to yours?

Amy

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Linda A. Young February 21, 2015 at 5:56 am

just gorgeous! Great idea to use the plastic. I better get my rear in gear and make some. Great use of beautiful linens that are damaged but have good parts! I just love your page!

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