Bandana bibs are currently all the rage in infant fashion meets functionality. Honestly, I keep seeing them pop up on sewing blogs as easy projects to try, as well as for sale at the handmade sales I like to go to. I figured I would give one of these a whirl to see how it turned out before I committed to making more... And I've got to say, I like how it turned out and I will definitely be making a few more for my Mr. Bump. H e doesn't seem to ever stop drooling and there's no sign of any teeth. His sisters didn't get any until they were both over a year so I expect much the same from him. In the meantime he's drowning in drool over here and we clearly needed a stylish solution. I think bandana bibs fit the bill just fine. Instead of a button, snap, or velcro, I really liked the tutorial I find that opts to sew a button hole to gently pull one end of the bib through the other instead. Check out Leafy Treetop's Blog for the full tutorial if you'd like to sew one too.
Inspired by a friend's daughter who was making some of these for people she knows, I decided a tag blanket would be a great lovey/toy for Mr. Bump. It took me ages to choose fabric online (nothing in my local store was inspiring me but the selection to be found online is a little overwhelming!) but I am really happy with my choices. The vehicle fabric is 100% cotton and the chevron fabric is super soft minky. Some of the ribbon I already had on hand and others I picked up at my local craft store. I decided to make my blanket 18" x 18:" though you can definitely play around with the size.
Minus the fact that I initially sewed two sides of the blanket and then saw that my tension was out of whack, so I then had to seam rip it all and start again, this project was relatively quick. I visited Project Nursery and Happy Hour Projects for a basic understanding of how I could go about creating my own tag blanket. They both have tutorials that you can follow along with step by step if you need it. Now I'm wondering who else I can make one of these for.
So, I finally sewed curtains for Mr. Bump's room just two days ago. We are ready and eagerly awaiting his arrival. I used this super easy tutorial so that I would kind of know what I was doing. I think they turned out quite well for my first go at curtains, though it's possible (probable) they are a little crooked. The right photo is a close up of the great fabric I found to use for them. Isn't it fab!?