Hi guys! Today I am back to share my third and final project in my Contrado mini series. Contrado is a fantastic print on demand textiles printer based in the UK where you can design your own custom fabric. In case you have missed them, my first project was these binky blankies, and my second was these neoprene photo coasters. Today I am going to show you how to make your own double sided oilcloth bibs!
The first thing you need to do is design your fabric. Take a bib you already have on hand and trace it onto a piece of paper. For mine I wanted them to tie on, so I made the neckline stop before the neck strap. Once I had my pattern I scanned it into the computer. I cropped in a smidge to get rid of the line on the side my scanner made. Then I erased the middle of the bib, so now I had a template. Then I pulled in some images that I had made a while back for thank you cards and a couple of vintage book pages. I drug the picture behind the layer template of the bib and adjusted it to where I liked it. Then I saved each individual bib as a jpeg. To finish designing the fabric I opened all my bib pictures and then I drug them into a new blank file spacing them out close together, and cropping out any excess borders. I then had my bibs custom printed on oilcloth to a custom size.
I made my own binding with knit fabric. You can easily make some by cutting long 2″ strips. Iron them on half. Then open it up and fold each side into the middle and press, then fold in half again and press so you have 1/2″ binding. Decide how long you need your ties to be off of the neck. Double that amount, then measure the distance around the outside of the bib and add it to the measurement for the ties. Cut a piece of bonding this length. Then measure the neck curve of the bib and cut a piece of binding to that dimension.
Next, find the center of your long binding piece and find the center of the bottom of your bib. Start inserting your bib into the binding matching the center and fanning out on each side from there. Use clips to hold the binding in place. Start stitching from one end all the way around and to the other end of the ties. You can either knot or stitch the ends closed to finish your bib.
I absolutely love these bibs! They are easy to clean and they look adorable on my little bear! He is not on solid foods yet, but I think these are going to be a lifesaver when he does. The printing on these is fabulous and the fabric has a nice weight and feel to it! I was most excited to try out Contrado’s oilcloth fabric as I love oilcloth, and I was definitely impressed. The range of fabrics they have is so cool(over 99 different fabrics to choose from!) They carry everything from regular quilting weight cotton, to waterproof fabrics, to cashmere. I will definitely be using them again in the future! I hope I have inspired you to make something fun with your own custom oilcloth!