I have to say that I was very eager to play with the Thermoweb Iron-On Vinyl! There are so many possibilities and I intend to explore all of them but, for today, I chose laminate baby bibs. As a mother of three children, I have grown to really appreciate the importance of a good bib. I like one that stays on, has lots of coverage, is easily wipeable, and has a pocket to catch the inevitable. This bib has all of those things!
Two coordinating fat quarters
60″ half inch bias tape
snap fastener kit
Teflon presser foot
Thank you to Blend Fabrics for sponsoring the fabrics used in my bibs. The bibs in the main picture are made from Timber and Leaf by Sarah Watts.
Begin by printing out your pattern pieces. The pdf file can be downloaded here.
Apply the vinyl following the directions on the packaging. Because you don’t want pinholes in your laminated fabric, I suggest tracing your pattern pieces onto the paper backing which will cling to the laminate while you cut.
Do the same with the pocket pattern piece, using your contrasting print.
Next, cut your pieces and pull off the protective sheet to reveal your laminated fabric pieces.
Fold your bib pocket along the fold line (Remember not to iron directly onto the laminate, use that protective paper!). Using a Teflon presser foot or an ultra glide foot, top stitch along the upper edge of the pocket. I used two rows of stitching for a more professional look but it isn’t necessary.
Stay stitch the pocket in place along the very edge.
Next, prepare approximately 60″ of half inch binding by folding it in half and ironing it. You can use a Clover Bias Tape Maker in the 1/2″ size to make your own coordinating bias tape. Begin applying the binding at the upper left neck edge as shown in the picture above. Carefully work your way around the bib.
Finish off your bib by adding a snap using a Dritz snap fastener kit in the 7/16″ size. This bib is made with Bugs by Jone Hallmark, perfect for a little boy.
For a fancier bib, you can use a pearl snap.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and won’t be scared to try your own iron-on laminate project! It ironed on easily and yielded a really professional looking product.