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Recycled Denim Baby Bibs

Posted on April 5, 2010

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.


My next bib is smaller and features ribbon for the ties. I thought the ribbon would be gentler for a younger baby’s skin than the denim ties.

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.

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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!

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11 Responses to “Recycled Denim Baby Bibs”

  1. Snowcatcher
    Apr 05, 2010

    Such a great idea! Heart shapes are perfect for this!
    .-= Snowcatcher´s last blog ..Snowflake Monday =-.


  2. Barbaral
    Apr 05, 2010

    Hey that’s a great recycling project! I’m gonna check out the group since I do belong over there also. Thanks for sharing your terrific project.
    .-= Barbaral´s last blog ..April is here! =-.


  3. le-chat
    Apr 08, 2010

    Great idea. I have boxes full of old denim and fabric scraps and loads of old ideas. I’m going over to check that challenge quickly and get out the sewing machine finally. TFS!
    .-= le-chat´s last blog ..My Rain Barrel =-.


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  6. GrannyJ
    Apr 21, 2010

    I love this idea. I work in a church nursery and am always searching for items I can make for baby gifts. These will definitely be on my list now. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Simply
    Apr 10, 2012

    There’s absolutely nothing I enjoy more compared to coming to this blog site every single week just after work. Thanks a lot for every one of the terrific posts!!


  8. Ana Lopes
    Jun 14, 2012

    I love all recycled projects!!!! I have some crocheted things to recycled. I love also the Demin Baby Bibs. Thanks for sharing :) Ana


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