To Grandmother’s House We Go: Holiday Bibs

Grandma Bibs

With fall in the air I always start to think about the holidays down the road. The time of the year for gathering and families is wonderful, but can be somewhat melancholy.

I remember the days when our children were small and trips to grandma and grandpa’s house and visiting with aunts and uncle and cousins and nieces and nephews.

Both my mom and my hubby’s mom always had things on hand for the little ones. That included toys and dishes and extra clothes in case there was some sort of disaster and one of the babies managed to go through everything in the diaper bag in the first hour.

Today a lot of young families travel over distances to see grandma and grandpa or the grandparents travel to them. With all this travel and special times, there are bound to be great family meals and pretty dress up clothes. In an effort to save that holiday outfit that you worked so hard to create, bibs are a much needed accessory.

I like to make bibs out of fingertip or hand towels. You can get them on sale at any of the big box stores and they are quick and easy to adapt. And on the fun side you can tailor make your bib to match the outfit or the holiday.

Here is how to create your own bibs in 30 minutes or less.

I have chosen to make a fall/thanksgiving bib with a fingertip towel that had already been sent to the clearance section.

To start I’ve turned the top of the towel over to the wrong side. You are going to want a neck opening of 19 or 20 inches. For the towel I measured 2 1/2 inches from each edge and 2 inches down from the center.

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I just free handed cut the neck opening. If this doesn’t appeal to you take a fabric pen and draw a semi circle.

Grandma Bibs

Cut your neck.

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Measure your neck opening. You will need a piece of matching or contrasting rib knit that will be 2 inches wide and 2/3 of the length of your neck measurement.

Grandma Bibs

Sew center back seam of the ribbing.

Fold in half and divide into quarters. Match center front and back and side seams.

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Attach to neckline stretching your rib to fit.

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These are fun and easy. They wash well and absorb anything your messy little eater can muster!

30 min DIY bibs for grandma's house

What are your favorite memories from holidays past? Do you have something special that you are looking forward to passing onto your children?

Happy Sewing,


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  • Mel September 16, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Oh you make it look easy, I want to try some for Christmas

    • onceuponasewingmachine September 17, 2012, 7:33 am

      Let us know if you have any questions. There are so many cute Christmas towels to choose from that would be fun!

  • Margaux September 20, 2012, 10:49 pm

    Thanks! I love these kinds of bibs. My son is old enough now that he knows he can just pull and the Velcro at the back will come apart. But not this style! Never thought to try and make them myself before. Visiting from the Simply Designing link party.

    • onceuponasewingmachine September 21, 2012, 2:51 am

      These are so great for that stage!

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