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Recycled Baby Bib

Posted on July 21, 2007

Baby Bib

Here is another item that I have wanted to make out of plastic bag yarn. It’s a crocheted baby bib made using recycled plastic bags and cotton yarn. I added the cotton to give the bib some absorbency. You can just wipe it clean or machine wash as needed. Line dry only! If you put it in the dryer, the plastic will melt.

The bib has a small Velcro closure on the top for easy on and off. I cut just a small square from a long strip of Velcro that I had. It’s about 3/4 of an inch wide and is machine stitched to the back side of strap. I used white plastic bags and some leftover blue variegated cotton yarn for this project. But you can probably use just about any color combination you desired to create your bib. I finished off my bib by working Sc stitches all around the outside edge and neck opening using just the cotton yarn.
This gives the bib a nice smooth finished edge.

Free Pattern for Crocheted Baby Bib

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bag yarn aka plarn
One partial ball of peaches & cream cotton yarn (Shaded Denim used)
One small Velcro strip for button

Hook: N (9 mm) size metal crochet hook
J (6 mm) hook for working edge only

Description: Baby Bib measures 9 inches wide at middle and 11-1/2 inches long

Work project by holding one strand of plarn and one strand of cotton together as you crochet.

Ch 16 using “N” Hook

Row 1
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2
Sc in ea st of row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3
Work 2 Sc in 1st st, then Sc in ea st to last st of row, 2 Sc in last st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4
Sc in ea st of row. Ch1, turn.

Row 5
Repeat row 3.

Row 6
Repeat row 4.

Row 7
Repeat row 3.

Row 8 – 15
Sc in ea st of row. Ch 1, turn. (Should measure approx. 6 inches long after row 15.)

Row 16 (Shaping for neck ea side is worked separate)
Sc in next 9 sts, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn.

Row 17
Sk 1st st of row, Sc in next 8 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 18
Sc in ea st of row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 19
Sk first st of row, Sc in remaining 7 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 20
Sc in next 6 sts. Ch 1, turn. (6 sts on ea row from here on out)

Row 21
Work 1 dec over the first two sts of row (work 1 Sc together over 2 sts to create 1 dec)
Sc in ea st to last st, 2 Sc in last st of row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 22
Work 1 dec over first two sts, Sc in ea st to last st, 2 Sc in last st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 23
Work 2 Sc in 1st st of row, Sc in ea st to the last 2 sts of row, then work 1 dec over last two sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 24
Work 1 dec over first 2 sts, Sc in ea st to last st, then 2 Sc in last st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 25
Work 2 Sc in first st, Sc in ea st to the last 2 sts of row, then work 1 dec over last two sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 26
Work 1 dec over first 2 sts, Sc in ea st to last st, then 2 Sc in last st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 27
Work 2 Sc in first st, Sc in ea st to the last 2 sts of row, then work 1 dec over last two sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 28
Work 1 dec over first 2 sts, Sc in ea st to last st, then 2 Sc in last st. FO and weave ends under

Row 16 (Other side neck shaping)
Working the opposite side, attach yarn using a Sl st in 3rd st from center leaving the two center sts unworked. Sc in ea remaining st across row (9 sts.) Ch 1, turn.

Work this side to match neck shaping the same as other side from row 17 – 28. You reverse all shaping so it matches the other side.

Edging: Use J Hook
Attach just the cotton yarn at top corner of strap with a Sl St, Ch 1. Sc evenly around the entire outside edge, working 2 Sc at each bottom corner of the bib, continue working Sc evenly around inside neck edge, finishing at top corner of strap where you started. Join with a Sl St into beginning Ch st. FO.

Overlap straps and sew on Velcro button at the top edge.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
FO – Fasten Off
Inc – Increase
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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11 Responses to “Recycled Baby Bib”

  1. Bridget
    Jul 22, 2007

    what a wonderful Idea!! I am always looking for new things to crochet, and this is right up my alley 🙂 Thanks.

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  3. Loni
    Jul 23, 2007

    VERY interesting! Knowing me though, it would somehow end up in the dryer and be ruined! Thanks for sharing for MIFS!

  4. Stephanie
    Jul 24, 2007

    You amaze me! I wish we were neighbors and you could teach me to crochet! 🙂 I will learn someday!

  5. Jodie
    Jul 27, 2007

    I love this idea!! You can never have too many bibs when you have a little one in your house. With this one being plastic you can just wipe it off when they’re done or even put it in the washing machine. It’s great.
    Keep Up The Great Work…

  6. Kelly
    Jul 28, 2007

    Hi ,
    I cant believe I just found this blog, this is awesome. I hope you don’t mind I put your link up on my site, change4good. Its a site trying to spread information so that people can be more knowledgeable of the world around us.
    Keep up the awesome work!!


  7. Flutterby
    Jul 30, 2007

    What a wonderful idea! Great post.

  8. AMTDS
    Sep 13, 2007

    This is a cute bib but I’d make it out of cotton yarn, not plastic.

  9. michelle
    May 31, 2009

    i just love your idea. upon doing so you can not only save the enviroment but we can also reuse all this reuseable material. GOOD IDEA.

  10. Gloria
    Sep 30, 2015

    I think this it a great idea and would like to make one for my great-grandson who is four months old. You don’t explain how to cut the bags as I have never worked with plastic bags before. Can you help me!!

    Thanking you in advance for your help.

  11. Cindy
    Oct 01, 2015

    @Gloria – Here is the link to my plarn making picture tutorial on cutting the bags. Check out the tutorial and let me know if you need any help crocheting the pattern.


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