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15 Denim Bib Ideas

15 Denim Bib Ideas for you.

Denim Bibs
Denim Bibs- Here are 15 different denim bibs that I have made.  they are so inexpensive yet very popular and sturdy.  Mom’s love them.  they protect the baby just perfectly.  I have recently started putting tie closures on my bibs so that the baby can wear them longer as they grow.  I love to use decorative stitches to enhance the fabrics and you can also find stitches, if your lucky, they coordinate with the theme of the bib.  The cars above are so cute with this fabric and to top it off, the family name of this baby is Carr!  How fun it that.  If the Dad likes cars or planes or whatever then that is a fun theme to pick.  If the mom is into cup cakes or sports or bling or flowers there are all sorts of ideas you can come up with to make the bibs personal to the family you are giving it to .  I find these bibs are really appreciated because they are made with love.  Some find their way as a wall decoration too.  These are all fast, easy and very economical gifts. Have fun!

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Fancy Stitches cover the bib above.  A great way to bring personality to a bib.  It is also a creative way to use all those stitches you  may have on your machine. It is so much fun!

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I machine embroidered this design on a piece of the denim from these dark blue jeans and then  made a pocket from that piece of fabric.  It was easier than embroidering on an existing pocket. this was by special request from a mom who loves pigs! who doesn’t love a cute pig.  They are adorable.

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I live this simple bib with pretty stitches on each side of this valentine fabric.

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this bib is cut directly from the back side of a pair of jeans.

I lined it with the same fabric that I made the ties and the pocket handkerchief from. the ties are also made of the same fabric.  I like to use ties on bibs because they allow the child to wear it longer as they grow.

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A neckerchief sewn on at the neck turns this into a perfect cowboy or Cowgirl – bib.  I stitched around it with a decorative stitch instead of plain top stitching.  It is durable and adorable.


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These four bibs are other examples of the strip of cute fabric and then decorative stitches on top and bottom.  They are closed with a snap.



This doggy bib is one of my favorites.  The cute little puppy embroidery was fast and easy and looks so cute with matching puppy fabric at the top.  It think it is a lot better than plain denim would be.  Spice it up with a little piece of fabric at the top.


this embroidered airplane was a hit.  it is so cute and fun to make.

tie bib

this dashing little tie bib is also accented with a little pocket.  The top is actually a side seam.  I used two shades of denim here.  One way you can do that is to use the back of the fabric for the lighter color.

cowboy bib

this bib is topped with adorable cowboy printed flannel.  I like how the seam of the leg accents the middle of the bib.  You can embroider the baby’s name or the word “Cowboy” or “Cowpoke” on it to spice it up.

cowgirl bib

I love this cute cowgirl bib.  The bandana is sewn on at an angle and the red around the outer edge is really decorative stitching but gives the impression of ric rac.

so there you have it.  15 denim bibs to bring smiles to mommys and babies.  also a smile to your pocketbook as they are very inexpensive to make from old jeans and scraps of fabric.

Happy Bib Making.

Apron tutorial

I promised and an apron tutorial so here is how this one is made.  there is a link at the bottom for more tutorials of other aprons.

1-Cut a square 30″x 30″ and round the corners on the bottom.

You may adjust the length of the apron to your desired length.

2-Cut a waistband and ties in two  strips 5″ by 45″ each It will be folded in half lengthwise.

3-For a ruffle around the apron, Cut a strip 1 1/2 times the measurement of the distance of the sides and the bottom of the apron.

to Sew

1-Hem one edge of the ruffle strip with a narrow hem

2- sew basting stitch on t he raw side of the ruffle strip and pull up the gathers until the ruffle fits the edge of the apron.

3-Sew the ruffle on the apron.

4- Gather the top of the apron to fit the waist front of the person who will be wearing it.

5-Fold the waistband/ties piece in half lengthwise and press. Turn under 1/4 ” on both edges and press.

6-Encase the apron in that band centering it in the front.Pin and top stitch it from the top.

7-Top stitch the remaining ties that are left on each end.

8-Hem the end of the ties either across or cut a diagonal on the end.

8-to add a simple pocket.  Cut two shapes. Whatever size you like your pocket to be.  (maybe 6″ wide and 7″high)

9-sew them together with right sides together leaving a place to turn it.

10-turn the pocket right side out.

11-press and top stitch the sides and bottom onto the apron.

Here are 10 Apron tutorials  Free

Wrist Wallets

Wrist Wallets are easy to make and fun to wear.  They take just a few scraps and are useful and fun to make.  You can wear them with the zipper inside or out.  They make a terrific gift for gals who like to work out or run.  They might only want to carry the house key or student card or a little money in them.   these cost me nothing but the time and I am sure the girls who received them were delighted. Wrist Wallet     I started with three layers of fabric.  and quilted two of them the center being a piece of soft flannel.  That makes the back.  then cut two strips for the top so you can put the zipper in between.  First sew a square to the top and the bottom of the zipper so that it is the same length as the sides and the back pieces.  Measure the wrist first and make it long enough to over lap atleast and inch and a half so it can be closed with velcro. 

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Pencil Purse & Book Cover

I love this project.  It is so bright and fun.  It is just the right look for a pencil purse with little pieced pencils running across it and a notebook cover either for art or journaling or note taking.  Just the right thing for that special girl no matter her age.  I cannot decide which of my special little artists will receive this one.I They were made totally from scraps and a zipper that I had on hand.So, though they are valuable, The only cost was the composition book (less than a dollar) that I put inside of it.

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I created this awesome set from a book called “Sew Gifts!” by that Patchwork Place, an imprint of Martingale.  It is a very nice book and I would recommend it to anyone.  I did have some trouble with piecing the pencils together according to the directions since I am a beginner at piecing.  If you are just learning, just remember that the smaller the pieces are  probably the more difficult to do than larger pieces.   But if you sew much at all, you can do this.  So I developed my own process of piecing the pencils and I will show you how I do it.

1   1  after you have decided what size you want your pencils, and cut the fabric in rectangle strips so that you have a longer rectangle for your pencil, a strip of tan for your wood and another short strip for the lead of your pencil only longer than the finished pencil.  Then cut longer rectangles that will measure long enough to go 1/4 inch below the wood piece  and above the top (the exact measurements for this purse are in the book “Sew Gifts”    

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 Fold one edge of the two background pieces 1/4 inch and press.


2-Place the pieces one at a time so they extend 1/4 inch below the tan piece and pin in place from the back.  Open it up as shown and sew on the fold line.  then place the second piece on making sure that it meets the other piece at the point of the pencil.  Then sew it on the fold line


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then open and press and you have the cutest pencils you can imagine.

Measuring Tape Bow

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It is pretty simple to just take a measuring tape and shape it into a bow, tape it together and add it to your package.  You might find other things around that house to make attractive bows out of like yarn, string, ric rac, strips of paper, belts or scarves.  create bow out of magazine pages and wrapping paper.  Just be creative and match your gift wrapping to the lucky reciever!

Here is a tutorial on creating your own bow out of magazine pages.


Shirt & Tie Wrap


Shirt & Tie Wrap DIY

Shirt and tie wrap! This just might be the most admired package under your tree.

First I found an old shirt My husband no longer wanted or else I bought it at the thrift store.

Found an old die also to use.

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Next put the box with the present in side it.  inside of the shirt and then trim away the extra fabric so you can size up the box and shirt together.  Just make sure you leave enough room for seams.  then take it off of the box and sew up the ends and the sides of the box.

Then put the present inside by opening it in the front with the buttons.  Of course, that is simple.  then you can use your needle and thread to take up any extra and see how the sew a piece on the corners up so that the shirt takes on a box shape.  You can get the idea from a folded  paper sack.  You might even just wrap the package with paper and not tape it.  Put creases where needed and follow that as your pattern.  Wish I had thought of that while I was doing it.  🙂


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Now do some stitching to make it fit snugly and there you have it.  a box that looks like a shirt.  It can be a dead giveaway for what is inside or you can put a complete surprise inside.  Either way, it is a bunch of fun.

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Finally add the tie to it as you see above.  I also used a tie pin without the back on it.  I just stuck it through the tie and the box and it stayed in place.

Happy wrapping.

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Denim and Ties Are So Great Together

I wanted to make some baby boy bibs for a friend’s new baby.  Denim is always so much fun to sew with, especially if it is from an old pair of jeans and you can re-purpose them.

First I cut out a tie shape and appliqued it on using fusible pelon under it.  I then cut  out a collar shape and stitched it in with a satin stitch.

Next I cut out a pocket using the seam of the pant leg as the top.  then I stitched the lining to it wrong sides together leaving an opening and then turning it .

I top stitched around it to give the whole edge a crisp look that would last through the washing’s.  This bib quickly became the favorite bib of my friend’s bibs.

I closed it with snaps sewn snugly on.



Giftwrap for a Seamstress

Cleaver way to refashion what you have for Giftwrap.  

Every seamstress or would be seamstress has patterns laying around that will never again be used.   You can also find them at thrift stores for as little as a quarter.  You may even find old wooden spools with or without thread at the thrift stores.  Old buttons are everywhere. Give those items new life by creatively wrapping a gift for their next birthday or holiday.  They will be delighted.giftwrap-for-a-seamstress


1-An old pattern

2-Wide rick-rac

3-Old wooden spools of thread if you have them or other thread.

4-Any buttons in your stache.

Just wrap the present first with some plain white paper like butcher paper, newsprint or regular wrapping paper i nside out.

tie with ric-rac and string the thread together and tie to the ric tac bow

Thread a few strands of thread in the buttons and then hot glue them on the package.

Santa Gift Bag

Santa Gift Bag

Take a nice red gift bag.  put on a real belt and bells buttons and batting for beard.  This looks so festive under the tree.

this darling Santa gift bag was easy to make from some red wrapping foil.  You can make a bag by wrapping it around a box and leaving the top open.  You can also just wrap your gift in foil.  Find an adjustable belt so you can make it small enough to fit the bag.  Glue on some old buttons, Glue a little batting to the top and add a few bells to the belt.  You have the cutest santa gift a person could ever want!  It makes a great decoration for the house or under the tree too.

It is shiny, bright and cheerful.  Make several and pass them on to happy receivers.

Snowman DIY

Easy to make adorable snowman DIYSnowman DIY

I love this little guy.  He hardly needs an explanation.  He was made by my daughter, Becky.  Such a cheery little guy!


You will need

1- Two dowels about 1″ by 30″

2-Child’s Shoes or boots

3-Child’s socks

4-20″x about 30″ white  of fabric fleece

5-pillow stuffing or batting

5- buttons for eyes and front.

6- stocking cap and scarf

8- wood.  1/2″ thick and 8 or 9″ square.

Sew a tub of the white fleece and close the top.  20″ high and 30″ around or smaller if you wish. taper the bottom in a rounded curve leaving plenty of room for the two dowels.

glue buttons for eyes and on the front for shirt buttons

place socks in shoes and glue them into the shoes.

Glue them to a square of wood to fit the shoes.

place the tube of fleece on top and stuff it tight.

add the hat and scarf and you have an adorable friend to set by your door !