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Thread: Baby bibs

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    Super Member Deecee's Avatar
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    The baby bib patterns I have seen all have binding around them. Is there a reason for this?

    I had intended to sew around both layers, leaving a gap to turn them through then stitch a quarter inch inside edge - no binding.

    I was using keyhole shape with velcro closure and terry towelling fabric.

    I haven't made any baby stuff before so thought I would check with those wiser than I before I start cutting. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deecee
    The baby bib patterns I have seen all have binding around them. Is there a reason for this?

    I had intended to sew around both layers, leaving a gap to turn them through then stitch a quarter inch inside edge - no binding.

    I was using keyhole shape with velcro closure and terry towelling fabric.

    I haven't made any baby stuff before so thought I would check with those wiser than I before I start cutting. :)
    Nothing wrong with your plan but I would guess that the main reason for having binding on bibs is to make them sturdier. They go through a lot of washings and a turned edge would likely weaken fairly quickly and start fraying.

    The binding also can give them just alittle more color especially a contrast or focus color. Often the the binding is also just extended and used as the ties, although I prefer velcro or snaps on a bib.

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    i would think that would work great

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    I make bibs all the time and I turn like you said. After I turn, I reinforce my edges with a zig zag or just regular stitch. They hold up very well. I do not like putting the binding on. I never seem to be able to do a good job.

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    I would do it that way too. Binding is a pain when it's on a little curvy thing like a bib.

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    Turning right side out after sewing is fine.

    How about a decorative stitch or even a zigzag instead of a straight stitch?

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    Thanks for the input everyone.

    I am just wanting to whip up a few quick things so would be pleased to not have to bother with the binding.

    I will certainly look at using either zig-zag or decorative stitching instead of straight stitching around the edge to both reinforce and to add a bit of colour/contrast.

    Thanks again.

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    I do not bind mine as well. I just topstitch around the outside edge and they hold up nicely.

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    I used to make tem.No binding. They wont fray or weaken if you top stitch them. Also a cute way to use some of your decorative stitches on your machine.

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