Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stitching Up Baby!

A "Stitch Me Up" Baby Bib !
for the
 
Stitch Me Up Blog Hop
 
 When I signed up for this hop and the Stitch Me Up Packet arrived in my email, I was overwhelmed by the possibilities.  The many free patterns are all so beautiful!  I am sure you will be seeing much more intricate projects for this hop. There are flowers and gardens and houses and adorable wee tots.   I chose one of the simpler patterns.  The geometric shapes in this pattern by Bee Tree Designs appealed to me.  
When it came time to chose a project, I decided that the simple pattern was very "primary" and that it would  be wonderful for a baby or toddler. 
 
  What to make???
A Baby Bib!
I drew up a pattern ...

I wanted to keep the same lines as the Elements design so I used these to decide on my shape for the bib.  I drew this directly onto the paper side of piece of freezer paper, so I would be able to iron the pattern right to the fabric.  I used my ruler for the straight lines and drew around the bottom of an empty thread spool for the curves. At one point I realized my initial pattern had to neck opening too small, so I recut the opening larger.  These photos were taken before I realized this design flaw and recut.

pattern details
cut
front
This is when I realized the neck opening was cut too small.
batting
It is snowing here again!
back
with enlarged neck opening
pin and machine stitch

This is an experiment and my own method.

I pinned the copy of the pattern design right to my top
with the batting only underneath. 
Katniss helps thread and set up and check my machine
Katniss checks my machine settings
These are my standard settings.
After experimenting, I reset the stitch smaller to 2.0
to make it easier to remove the paper. 

Katniss helps me matching the thread colors.
  I started with my thin white piecing thread then I switched to red top thread as I knew I was planning to embroider with red perle cotton.  
remove paper ... use tweezers if needed to get tiny bits
easy stem stitch right over the machine stitches
This hand stitching over machine stitching was an experiment and I will definitely do it again. I used larger stitches on my machine like basting at first. Then I set it to a smaller stitch. The smaller stitch covers easier and also makes it easiest to remove the paper. I also tried both white and red thread since my top color was red. The red was easier to cover, but one color would not work for embroidery with multiple colors. Next time I will match my machine color thread to the background fabric and set it to a small stitch length.
front and back
sandwich with right sides together
detail of the back of my hand stitching shows on the batting
machine stitch through all layers around the edge
Note:  Remember to leave a 2-3 inch opening on one side to turn your bib right side out
crimp edges 1/4" away from seam
turn right sides out
I use a bone tool with rounded edges to smooth out the seams. 
hand stitch opening closed
 
press bib and top-stitch 1/4 inch around the edge
 
machine stitch the velcro closure
Here is the finished Baby Bib!
This Baby Bib is destined to be included in a package that
I will be donating to the next ...
I first learned of this drive from a blog hopper, KaHolly,
and I feel this is a very worthy cause. 
Just thinking about the young mothers of our service families who may be far away from home and getting ready to have a baby, sends me to my sewing machine. 
I hope you will consider contributing in some way to this effort.
Giveaway Time!
Make Your Own Baby Bib Kit Giveaway! 

[This Giveaway is now Closed ]
Cat not included ... again ... ;)
Pattern, back, batting, front ... when my model gets off of the red fabric, I will cut this piece, too.  I will also enclose the velcro closure and a twist of red perle cotton to complete your own baby bib.
For a chance to win, please leave my quilty kitties and I one comment. We love comments!
You do not need to be a follower to win.

I will send this Baby Bib Kit anywhere in the world.

Winner will be chosen at random.

Please be sure that I have a way to contact you by email to tell you that you have won and to get your mailing address. If you are a no reply blogger, I will pick another random winner.


For a 2nd chance to win be a follower and leave me a second comment telling me you are.

This giveaway will close at Midnight EDT on March 29th.

A winner will be announced and emailed on March 30th.

Best of luck!
 
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and
to all participants for their
amazing creations and inspirations!


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<3

103 comments:

  1. É lindo!!!!Tenho uma neta de 11 meses que está começando a comer só ,este será muito útil para ela.Posso copiar o seu padrão?Obrigada.
    Sou seguidora e brasileira

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  2. What a precious project and also for a worthy cause. Thanks for the tutorial. I use freezer paper for all my patterns too, something I started doing 8 years ago when I learned hand applique using freezer paper. Gotta love freezer paper!

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  3. Wow this was wonderful, I learn something new everyday! I've never seen stitching over machine stitching !! That is a very cool technique !! Loved your tutorial and project. It's very cool that your bib lines match the angles of the design!! Love that you shared the thought process!!!

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  4. Just darling - fabulous post :)

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  5. Very nice bib--love the design! Thanks for sharing how you did it, too. ;O)

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  6. What a wonderful bib and for a great cause! Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway. Love the Laurel Burch fabric!

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  7. That is one special bib. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  8. What a great bib, thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for the link to the great cause you are supporting.

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  9. So lovely and useful too! Thanks for the tuto, that is great!

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  10. What a sweet little project~ and such a wonderful cause. Have a happy day!

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  11. Lovely and such a good cause! Thanks for sharing and if I win the kit I will make it for charity as well!

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  12. Very pretty baby bib!!! Love to win :D

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  13. You mae it very pretty. Thank you for explaining it so clear.

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  14. Your baby bib is sew cool!!! Thanks for sharing

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  15. Love the bib, and your teddy model, but best of all the cat. I have 3 feline helpers. My niece just had a little boy so that bib would be a great gift. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Very cute bib. Looks very nice.

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  17. How sweet! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  18. Wonderful post! Your Bib is divine! Thanks for the Operation Homefront Link. I sew for Soldiers Angels.

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  19. Wow very cute bib...I love the design you chose...well done

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  20. I am an old follower of yours...literally take care and have fun today

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  21. Really cute bib and great instructions. I will save them to refer to at a later date.

    I think it would be a lovely gift but please do not include me in the draw.

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  22. Cute bib and such a nice give away.

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  23. Very cute bib and such lovely stitching, thank you for the tutorial :)

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  24. Great bib and what a great cause to donate it to--thanks for the heads up on this organization!

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial...'baby season' has arrived and I will certainly be making tons of bibs for all the new mom's to be! :)

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  26. Love the bib, the tut, and the pattern that you used on the bib! I like the modern patterns and the geometric look is perfect on a bib. Your bib will be a welcome addition for your cause. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I love that your giving the bib to such a wonderful organization. Great job !

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  28. What a great idea! I have a new grandbaby due in September whose mommy would love one of these bibs!

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  29. Your project is fantastic and as the grandma and aunt of service families I thank you.

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  30. Great tutorial on the bib. I'm sure your effort will be appreciated. :)

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  31. Wonderful tutorial and project. Clever to mark the line with machine thread and cover it then with the embroidery product. Very cheery baby bib and for a good cause.

    The geometric shapes reminded me of some buttons I have in my button box. You set an idea to percolating in the future!

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  32. Wow, I did not even see this pattern...good job there...great wee design....Bear looks happy lol

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  33. Love the bib and the model. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. Oh what a sweet bib Pat! I love the shape of it, so unique. And what a wonderful place to send it to.

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  35. I like that you did relatively quick and simple embroidery. A bib is meant to be used and washed a lot. It isn't smart to spend 100 hours embroidering something for that kind of use, but at the same time you want something nice with a personal touch. A winner!

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  36. Awesome little bib and good for you to donate it to "Boots and Booties"!

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  37. Great project and for a wonderful cause. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  38. What a great idea, love the bib and the stitching. Must try out the idea of the stem stitich over the machine stitching.

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  39. lOVE YOUR BIB!!! Awesome use of the stitchery.

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  40. What a great little bib! (And a wonderful cause!)

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  41. Cute bib and great way to do the hand embroidery by stitching over the machine stitches.

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  42. Very cute bib. We are expecting our first grandbaby in 2 months so would love to make one of those bibs. So cute. Thanks for the chance. I also enjoyed seeing your kitty helper sitting on the one piece of folded fabric. I think they think we sew just to amuse them!

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  43. What a cute bib and for a wonderful cause. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the idea of stitching over the machine stitching! Thanks for sharing.

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  44. What a great bib, I dare the baby that wears it to get a drop of anything on it. Such a sweet project and for a great resorce. Thank you for showing us in detail how you put it together.

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  45. Oh what a neet baby bib. Some Momma is going to be so lucky. I need to bookmark this page. I am finding out today if I get a grand son or granddaughter in August. Can't wait.

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  46. And I forgot o tell you thanks for a giveaway. I am a follower.

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  47. Such a cute bib and great cause! I might could embroider that design! LOL

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  48. So Sweet! Does the lucky winner receive that adorable bear:)
    This is an amazing cause.
    Naturally I'm a follower :)

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  49. I love the project tutorial you did a great job. I just had a granddaughter so will have to try it.

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  50. Very creative project! Great job.

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  51. Your baby big is just adorable. And I can see by the pictures, you have a very dependable helper too.

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  52. I thought I had left a comment, seems to have vanished. Anyway, I love your bib. Great job.

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  53. I love your baby bib. It is so simple yet elegant.

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  54. I love your baby bib. It is so simple yet elegant.

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  55. Sweet bib and stitching technique. Great job, thanks for sharing!! I think I missed a few patterns. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  56. Just genius!! I am loving it!! Thank you for sharing the link to my blog for Operation Homefront-TX. and for your donation of homemade goodies!! Spreading the word is as big a contribution as sending in items! I hope others will take your lead and spread the word. Operation Homefront is not exclusive to TX!! I'm sure many of your readers have heard of the Wounded Warrior Projects? Same organization!! Thanks again, karen

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  57. Very nice tutorial and a wonderful job on the bib too.

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  58. What a great project! I'd love to have a go!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  59. I am your newest visitor and now follower as well.

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  60. Great project. Thanks for shareing it with us. What a great cause to donate it to.

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  61. Katniss did a great job supervising. I love that you are donating this! Wonderful work!

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  62. How sweet! I love it. The shapes are great!

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  63. Wonderful project for a great cause !!

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  64. I'm intrigued by the idea of stem stitch over the machine stitching.
    The bib is a lovely finished item for such a great cause.

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  65. Thanks for the tutorial. Learn something new everyday. Thank you for the giveaway also. vickise at gmail dot com

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  66. Lovely bib! I like the geometric design you chose.

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  67. Neat technique! Would never of thought of it!
    Thanks!!!
    Sure you won't send Katniss along? I always have rooom for one more:) I have 6

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  68. great tutorial and such a sweet bib for a great cause.

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  69. Your tutorial was amazing! I'm new to this blog hop and my day is coming but your tute and your bib just blow my mind. I envy you your talents. Loved the bib! Your idea was a great one.

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  70. What a wonderful project! I love giving embroidered bibs for shower gifts...so fun. :) blessings, marlene

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  71. Thanks for sharing your project, it turned out great. It is fun to see what creative stitchers like you do with these designs.

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  72. Cute bib! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. Very cute bib. Love how you showed us the steps you took - creating. The shape of the bib just fit in with the design you chose.

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  74. What great ideas!! Your bib turned out well and looks wonderful!

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  75. This is so cute! im. Would love to win!

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  76. Follow you b lean great things,

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  77. What a clever technique. I have still to start my project.

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  78. Thanks for your detailed tutorial. Great bib! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  79. Wonderful tutorial for a great bib! I will definitely be bookmarking this!

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  80. that is a good idea to combine machine stitching with hand embroidery. I'll have to try that. I'm thinking of adding the handwork on top of some shadow machine quilting.

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  81. Greta tutorial and I was soooo hoping that the kitty was included.

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  82. I love the fact that most of us have kittie helpers!

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  83. great bib! Love your stitching!

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  84. Very cute bib and a great way to use that fun embroidery pattern!

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  85. Hi!!! Very cute and for a great cause!!! Thank You

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  86. Love your bib! Thanks for the wonderful tut!

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  87. Nice job on the baby bib! Thanks for the tut. I need to make a few for some new babies in the family.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  88. I think the baby bib is awesome. Your tutorial was very helpful.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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