Baseball Baby Tutorial

July 5, 2013 in Projects

It’s summer and baseball games are in full swing! Make this cute little bib and burp cloth for your favorite tiny baseball fan (you could also do this with a football theme with brown flannel and a white decorative stitch)! And, what’s really fun, we get to use a wing needle in this tutorial!!

You’ll need your Baby Lock Sewing Machine, 1/2 yd. flannel, 1/2 yd. baseball fabric, a wing needle (for the decorative stitch…this is optional, but, it gives it a fun texture), coordinating ribbon (I got a 1.5″ width ribbon), lightweight fusible interfacing (optional: Baby Lock embroidery machine or access to one for the name on the front). If you’d like to see how to serge a bib and burp cloth start to finish, check out this tutorial!

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

1. I cut my burp cloth 17″ x 13″ (but, you may cut yours as big or as small as you would like. If you don’t have a bib pattern, you can purchase one, or take a look here to find lots of free downloadable patterns, or draft your own! Cut your ribbon longer than the length or width of your burp cloth and bib (in that respective order). My burp cloth ribbon was about 14″ and my bib ribbon was about 10″. For both the burp cloth and the bib, you’ll need to cut extra fabric for the bottom of the front of each (for the burp cloth, I cut 6″ x 17″ and for the bib, I cut 4″ x the width of my bib, stitched it on and cut the curve). Interface both flannel pieces (this strengthens the fabric for the decorative stitch…if you’d prefer just to stabilize it with stabilizer and tear away the stabilizer, that is fine too)!

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Burp cloth flannel…

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Sew your small cut baseball fabric down around the edges (I put my needle in the center and used the edge of the foot as my seam guide).

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Now, draw a line 3″ in as shown from both right and left sides with a fabric pen or chalk.

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Put your wing needle in and stitch along that line with your selected decorative stitch that will allow for a wing needle.

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Here are the sewn lines…

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Close up…

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Now, pin your ribbon in place as shown below.

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Stitch close to the edge of the top and bottom of the ribbon along the length. Trim down the excess ribbon.

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

If desired, embroider the baby’s name or stitch a baseball applique on!

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Put pretty sides together (flannel and back baseball fabric), pin, and stitch around the entire burp cloth leaving a 4″ hole to turn right side out (I sewed with a 1/2″ seam allowance). Cut your corners and turn right side out and press. Then, stitch close to the edge around the entire burp cloth (this will close the opening).

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

The bib is much like the burp cloth (sew your baseball fabric on the lower edge first and trim down) and you can choose to do your lines differently than mine. I tried a curve and I think it turned out awesome (I will say, take your time). I stitched on the baseball fabric and then, traced the edge of a large bowl to get the curve, then, followed my lines slowly so that it turned out even and with no waves in the decorative stitch line.

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Stitched my ribbon on…

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Embroidered it…

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Put pretty sides together and stitched using a half inch seam allowance around the entire burp cloth leaving a 3-4″ opening on the side.

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Clipped my curves (2 following pictures)

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

Then, I turned it right side out, pressed it, and stitched close to the edge around the entire bib closing the opening. Lastly, I added a snap closure. Now you have a cute matching burp cloth and bib set!

Totally Stitchin': Baseball Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

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