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Thread: Clothing Protectors aka Adult Bibs

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    Clothing Protectors aka Adult Bibs

    I was making a sample for a friend so decided to make a few extra. I used to do the ones that looked like bibs, then saw this pattern for little kids bibs using a washcloth. I enlarged it and started making them for adults using a hand towel.
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    Those are great! Do you velcro the back or make the hole large enough to slip over the head? I made some years ago for a group home where I worked. If you turn up the bottom of the towel about 3 inches and stitch it down on the sides, it makes a great crumb catcher!!! Sure saves cleaning peas from the floor!!!!

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    mawluv, those are the same questions i had. lalaland...very nicely done... can you show us the back of one?
    here's one i made for my aunt a few years ago and i put ribbon ties on the back... i think i like lalaland's top better, though.
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    Those are great! I want to see the back too.

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    Look nice.I also want to see the back - and a small drawing of the pattern - if you are willing to share it.

    Remember the bibs for babies that were made from the little fingertip towels that had a hole cut in them and ribbing and they went over baby's head?

    They were great - unless the bib got really really gooey.

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    I need one when I brush my teeth. Always end up getting toothpaste somewhere on my blouse !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I need one when I brush my teeth. Always end up getting toothpaste somewhere on my blouse !!
    Same here! That's why I try to brush only when in a nightgown. Have to wash a lot of nightgowns.....

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    Here's the back of the clothing protector. I used to close the ends, but not all heads are the same size, so now I sew on a 2" strip of elastic so the opening can be widen if necessary.
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    what an excellent idea! thanks for showing us
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    I think I will make a few more for people that I know. I could never get my mother to wear the ones I made for her - she didn't do the washing, haha.Yours are a nice, simple design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    mawluv, those are the same questions i had. lalaland...very nicely done... can you show us the back of one?
    here's one i made for my aunt a few years ago and i put ribbon ties on the back... i think i like lalaland's top better, though.
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    This is Cute, Only question I have is about the Ribbon Ties. are they going through the Washer ok? if these are for a elderly person in a nursing home- everything gets washed in a Very Large Load Washer with other clothing etc on really Hot Water....
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    I was thinking buttons or Velcro but the piece of elastic is brilliant! Easier to do and adjustable for all people's necks. Thanks!

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    Very pretty! When Dad was in the VA home they used white terry cloth bibs and Velcro to close at neck

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    thank you for the back view. using elastic - excellent idea!

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    Great, stylish look and I know that is appreciated by all who use them.

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    Thank you for showing these. I have a friend who had a massive stroke last year. She is doing okay, but when I visited one time she was wearing an UGLY thing. I have a couple of pretty towels I found at Joanns. I had sort of planned on using a bodice pattern of some kind to make the shoulder part. I need to get busy , along with the baby giftts I am working on. Wish the job would get out of my way.
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    Your clothing protectors look great. A few years ago I made several for my Dad. I found seasonal themed hand towels like snowmen; turkeys, etc. and made flannel ties for them as he was fussy about things near his neck. He was the talk of the nursing home.

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    I turn the bottom of my blouse up. May have to wash my tummy but if I do get any on my blouse no one will see it.
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    Same here! That's why I try to brush only when in a nightgown. Have to wash a lot of nightgowns.....

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    These are so perfect. Why didn't I think of this ? I take it you were the fly on my wall watching me eat spaghetti the other night ago. LOL I seem to revert to an 8 yr old. I have to put a hand towel in my neckline or change tops. I will have to make me one. And one for my friends 3 yo GS she has been threatening to make him a Hefty Poncho.

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    Thank you for sharing your exceptionally well thought out clothing protector pattern for adding dignity for someone who needs a little assistance! Your idea is surely one which will spread and benefit many people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean in Ohio13452 View Post
    This is Cute, Only question I have is about the Ribbon Ties. are they going through the Washer ok? if these are for a elderly person in a nursing home- everything gets washed in a Very Large Load Washer with other clothing etc on really Hot Water....
    the ends are a little tattered, but they still look and work OK
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    Thanks you for sharing this! The elastic is a great idea. I'm a long term care nurse, and have been trying to think of an idea that didn't involve ties or velcro to accomidate different head sizes.

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    What a fabulous idea. My DH and I could certainly use them, as while we're not in a "home" yet, we still manage to get part of our meals on our clothes, this would be great. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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    Great idea, I made ones for babies using wash clothes, this would work great for adults, thanks for sharing.
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    This is such a great idea! I frequently eat while sitting in my recliner (I am widowed) and usually throw a hand towel across my chest. These would be really nice and I would also have them ready for when I might really need them - hopefully a lloonngg time in the future - LOL!

    Just had a thought - would be great to take to someone in the hospital that would be staying several days!

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