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Patchwork Baby Bib

 

You will need for the Baby Patchwork Bib:

What You Need to Make the Patchwork Spring Quilt

~Main Multi-coloured Fabric for patches (2" squares) & backing (9" square)
~Matching Tone on Tone & Print Fabrics - Cut 2" squares
(36 for the bib)
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9" square of flannel for batting & 2~1" x12" patches for ties
~Matching Embroidery Floss

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1. Cut the fabrics the size required [Rotary Cutting~ #F].

2. Make the template [Cardboard Templates] for the bib shape.

Request the free Patchwork Baby Bib Template here

3. Lay out the small squares for the bib into a pleasing arrangement, with 6 squares across and 6 squares down.

4. When you are happy with the arrangement, collect the patches into 4 Patch sets, taking them from the left to the right & top to bottom and stacking them with the most left patch on top.

Tip: Number the sets (I have small cardboards with numbers I keep for this) and hold the sets together with a clothespin.

Block Layout

5. Sew [Machine Piecing] the patches into 4 Patch units by sewing the patches into pairs first.

Tip: Before placing two squares right sides together, place a pin in the top left corner of left patch of the pair. Keep these pins in until the corner is joined to the next patch. This helps you keep track of which is the 'top left' of the pairs/sets of pairs, keeping things straight while you chain piece your patches.

6. Press [Pressing #1] the seams open.

7. Sew the pairs together into 4 Patches, matching the seams (*See the pinning tip below).

*Perpendicular Pinning Tip: Place a pin in each seam of both the rows you are joining. Don't anchor them. Hold the pin perpendicular (90*) with your first two fingers (underneath) and your thumb on top. Now place an anchor pin (going in at an angle) beside it. Remove the perpendicular pin after you've anchored it. Do the same for the other seams along the row, aligning the raw edges at the top.
This pinning method keeps the seams from shifting out of place.

Perpendicular Pinning Tip

When joining 4 Patch blocks, adding an extra pin through the center of both blocks, before you add the anchor pin, is also helpful.

Adding an extra pin, before the anchor pin is also helpful.

8. Press the seams open.

9. Sew the 4 Patch units together into rows, matching the seams.

Sew the rows together, matching the seams.

Patchwork Block

Back View of Patchwork Block

10. Press [Pressing #3] the patchwork block.

11. Layer the patchwork block, right sides together with the backing fabric.
Place the flannel batting on top.
Draw the outline of the bib using the template, onto the flannel batting fabric with a chalk pencil. Flip the template, aligning the center dash marks, to trace the right side of the bib.

Draw the Shapes with Chalk Pencil

12. Fold the long edges of the tie patches toward the center back, and then fold in half again, pinning along the edge. Top stitch the edge closed.

Note: You could use 2~12" pieces of ribbon as an alternative.

Prepare Bib Ties

13. Place the ties between the patchwork block and backing fabric.

Note: This picture is showing an example of how you should place the ties, but do not place them on top, as in the picture. Tuck them between the layers as instructed.

Sew around the bib shape, along the chalk line, beginning and ending at the template marks on the bottom edge, leaving the opening to turn the bib right-side out.

Pin in Place

14. Trim the extra fabric around the bib shape, about ¼" from the chalk line, using pinking shears.

Trim Extra Fabric with Pinking Shears


15. Turn the bib right-side out and adjust the seams, pinning in place.

Turn & Prepare to Top Stitch

16. Top stitch around the edge.

Turn & Prepare to Top Stitch

17. With two strands of the embroidery floss that matches the patchwork colour, quilt a running stitch [Stitches·#3b] across the blocks, as shown in the picture, to add a charming detail.

Patchwork Baby Bib

 

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Patchwork Baby Burp Cloth

You will need for the Baby Patchwork Burp Cloth:

What You Need to Make the Patchwork Spring Quilt

~Main Multi-coloured Fabric for patches (2" squares) & backing (8" x 12½")
~Matching Tone on Tone & Print Fabrics - Cut 2" squares
(40 for the burp cloth)
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8" x 12½" of flannel for batting
~Matching Embroidery Floss

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1. Cut the fabrics the size required [Rotary Cutting~ #F].

2. Make the template [Cardboard Templates] for the burp cloth corner shape.

Request the free Patchwork Baby Burp Cloth Template here

3. Lay out the small squares for the bib into a pleasing arrangement, with 5 squares across and 8 squares down.

4. When you are happy with the arrangement, collect the patches into two 4 Patch sets a d a 2 Patch set per row, taking them from the left to the right & top to bottom and stacking them with the most left patch on top.

Tip: Number the sets (I have small cardboards with numbers I keep for this) and hold the sets together with a clothespin.

Block Layout

5. Sew [Machine Piecing] the patches into 4 Patch units by sewing the patches into pairs first.

Tip: Before placing two squares right sides together, place a pin in the top left corner of left patch of the pair. Keep these pins in until the corner is joined to the next patch. This helps you keep track of which is the 'top left' of the pairs/sets of pairs, keeping things straight while you chain piece your patches.

6. Press [Pressing #1] the seams open.

7. Sew the pairs together into 4 Patches, matching the seams (*See the pinning tip above in the Baby Bib directions).

8. Press the seams open.

9. Sew the Patch units together into rows, matching the seams.

Sew the rows together, matching the seams.

10. Press [Pressing #3] the patchwork block.

11. Layer the patchwork block, right sides together with the backing fabric.
Place the flannel batting on top.
Draw the outline of the round corners using the template, onto the flannel batting fabric with a chalk pencil.

Draw the Corners with Chalk Pencil

12. Sew around the rectangle shape using a ¼" seam allowance, going around the round corners, beginning and ending along the side edge, leaving a 2" opening to turn the burp cloth right-side out.

13. Trim the extra fabric around the corners, about ¼" from the chalk line, using pinking shears.

14. Turn the burp cloth right-side out and adjust the seams, pinning in place.

15. Top stitch around the edge.

Turn & Prepare to Top Stitch

16. With two strands of the embroidery floss that matches the patchwork colour, quilt a running stitch [Stitches·#3b] across the blocks, as shown in the picture, to add a charming detail.

Patchwork Baby Burp Cloth

 

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