This month over at the Trash to Treasures group on Ravelry we are having a fabric and clothing scraps challenge. So I broke out some old jeans I have been saving and recycled them into some baby bibs.
The first bib is larger and I used the trimmed side seams from a pair of jeans for the bib ties. This bib is more suitable for an older baby or toddler.
Below you will find a picture tutorial showing how I made each of these recycled denim heart bibs.
First I cut a heart-shaped template for my bib using a newspaper ad. Fold the heart in half and trim it so each side is shaped evenly. The heart template for the larger bib is 8″ wide by 10″ long. For the smaller bib, my template is 7″ by 7″. Just cut the size you want with a little extra for your narrow sewn seams. I also made a small heart for an embellishment.
Lay your heart template on the pair of jeans and cut two. I used the leg so I just made both my hearts from this spot on the jeans.
Now with right sides together, cut your ribbon or use a trimmed side seam from a pair of jeans for the ties and insert it inside as shown in the picture. Each of my ties are about 12 inches long and you just pin them in place on the inside edge of the heart as shown. Just make sure you bunch the ties up together in the middle of the heart before sewing so only the top edge gets stitched in place. Sew around the heart, stitching close to the edge so you have a narrow hem and leave a opening at one side as shown for turning your bib to the outside.
Clip the curves and heart center seam just a bit so it lays flat after turning. Turn the bib to the outside through the opening you left from machine stitching. Press with hot iron and hand stitch close the opening you left for turning. You can top stitch around the heart as I did in the smaller bib and added a small denim heart to the center.
The larger bib I added a trimmed jean pocket to the front and hand stitched it in place. You can add other embellishments and trim as desired. I hope you have enjoyed this upcycled denim project. You can find more recycled denim projects and tutorials at my blog. Enjoy and happy crafting to all!