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    Backing for Bib

    Hi there! I went fabric shopping and went flannel crazy at joanns!!! I am making some baby blankets and want to do some burp cloths and bibs, but I am having a hard time figuring out the backing. If I use flannel for the top would you use a terry cloth or a minky soft fabric for the backing. I am thinking with the terry cloth it would be a little more absorbent, but I have never used terry cloth with flannel. Any opinions or tips would be great!!! Thank you!!!

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    I've made lots of bibs & found that old quilted bed protectors are great. Found at thrift stores. Terry cloth works well too.
    I have used the fusible vinyl for front, to keep them from absorbing too much.
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    I did do burp clothes with flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other. They turned out fine and I top stitched about 1/4 inch in from the edge to keep the edge nice. I did a bit of quilting in the center so that they would keep their shape when washed.

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    Thank you for the info. I also am getting ready to make some.

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    Thanks so much for the tips that will let me practice some quilting going through the whole cloth. Did you prewash the flannel and terry cloth before hand? Would the flannel shrink more than terry cloth?

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    The burp cloths I've made are flannel (same fabric) on the front & back & work well. I always preshrink my flannel.
    I haven't worked with terry cloth for years but I seem to remember that it shed quite a bit where you did your cut.

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    I just finished making bibs for my DGS. I bought a pack of cloth diapers to use as burp cloths and he doesn't need those anymore so now they are backings for the bibs. Much easier to sew then Minkee or terry cloth.
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    I use flannel backed dollar store vinyl tablecloths...with the vinyl side in the middle. Soft on the outside, and the vinyl protects the clothing the baby wears.

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    Thanks ladies great ideas!!!

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    Connecting Threads sells "laminated" fabric....for rain gear and such....would be great backer for baby items

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    The terry cloth does shed as you are working with it but works great as a backing or for whole bib. Just do an "x" on the bib to keep layers together.

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    The laminated fabric is very soft and flexible. That is what I used to make the bibs with the diaper backing. It feels and drapes like fabric not like vinyl or plastic at all. I lined the baby bag I made for DD with some, excellent for a changing pad. It's easy to do machine quilting on it too. It will last to be passed down to other babies for a long time.
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    Another thought, buy the big pack of wash cloths from Walmart and use those as backing. If you have yardage or an old towel to use, lay the top fabric already cut to size on top of the terry cloth and sew around it without cutting. Then cut the sewn bib out of the terry cloth, add binding. No fuzzy ravelings to deal with.
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    I never thought of the wash cloths or hand towels that are already at the stores. I bet that might be cheaper than buying it by the yard at joanns!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I use flannel backed dollar store vinyl tablecloths...with the vinyl side in the middle. Soft on the outside, and the vinyl protects the clothing the baby wears.
    THIS is a great idea..!!

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    I found this today in my email: http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2...block-pick-up/ a great bib tutortial!
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