the placemat to bib tutorial!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

i've been on the hunt for new and safe bibs for mackenzie and kept finding myself reluctant to spend over $10/Cdn for one bib. I spotted some great tropical placemats (PEVA & eco-friendly) at walmart a few weeks ago and bought them for about $1 each not knowing what i was going to do with them. after my search for a new bib replacement ended up fruitless, i remembered my new placemats and the bib idea was born.

this is a super easy repurposing craft that can be hand stitched with an upholstery needle or sewn on the machine like i did. have some fun with it. go wild with the placemat patterns, add a pocket or fancy trim, you're sure to get a lot of wear out of these handy little placemat bibs and all for a great price - you can't go wrong with that!


click below for the pdf tutorial:


and you can also download the pattern pieces here. we've been having lots of fun with our bibs at home and i have to say these things repel food! it's been great - no fussy clean up, running dye, stinky odour and they wipe down easily. happy bib making :)

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All rights reserved. For personal use only. Please do not sell items made from this tutorial unless permission has been given.


please add any pics of bibs you make to our flickr group! we love seeing what you are making!

36 comments:

  1. That is so brilliant. I'm totally enlisting my Mom to help me with this!!

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  2. Kristin - It's lots of fun and really easy :) Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

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  3. I love the area of the placemat that you chose to become the bib!! it is so fun to see the big leaves in the middle. And the possibilitie are probably endless if you got some big piece of this. and I truly believe that feeding your day with visual baeuty makes your day easier and more beautiful!!

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  4. love this. love your site. i'm new to craft and sew life, and am excited to get my creativity flowing.

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  5. Thanks Vely! I loved the big leaves as well.

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  6. Slick Mom - Thanks for your sweet words. Your site is great as well!

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  7. AWesome! Beautiful color choice. And man, Mackenzie is WAAAAAAY too cute!!!

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  8. Dana - Thanks hun! Your little ones ain't too shabby either :P

    Ashley - Glad you liked it!

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  9. Very cool idea!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-vinyl-placemat-to-wipe-clean-bib/2009/06/23/
    --Anne

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  10. Thanks so much Anne! I appreciate the link luv :)

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  11. So adorable & creative!! But neither links are working for me!!

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  12. Luca - I just checked the links and they seem to be fine on my end. Not sure what's going on for you, let me know if you need any help or I can email you the link. Glad you liked it!

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  14. What a great idea! I posted a link to this blog on mine 'cause I think it should be shared! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks Monica - that's sweet of you :)

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  16. Great job on the bib!! What a great idea! When my little one needs new bibs, I'm definitely going to try this out!

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  17. Melissa - I'd love to see pictures if you make one :)

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  18. you are full of refashioning tutes! love it!
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  19. i'm a little late to the game, but am truly inspired by this awesome idea! i posted a link to your blog entry on my own blog, The Plum Daily: http://blog.plumdenim.com. thanks again for the great idea!

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  20. I'm in love with the pattern and the shape of the bib. Does anyone have a toddler sized bib in a similar shape you'd be willing to trace and post for us to use as a patten, or just pass along the measurements? Thanks so much!

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  21. Hi all!
    I am going to make a template of my bib pattern for you all and hopefully have it up in the next week or two! Glad you are all enjoying the tutorial! Thanks for your kind words :)

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  22. Linking on Dollar Store Crafts today!! http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/07/placemat-bib/

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  23. Heather - Yippee! Thanks for your support - you rock!

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  24. Hi! I've linked to you on weebabystuff.com, on account of the awesome! http://www.weebabystuff.com/lilybee/posts/528-placemats-to-bibs-a-how-to

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  25. I also bought a bunch of oilcloth placemats at walmart on clearance a few weeks ago... and I also made a bib with a couple... and a clutch purse, and a lunch bag and some snack bags. Got to love WalMart clearance! Loving this blog, by the way. :D

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  26. You can't beat that for a $1!! I LOVE the shape of the bib too - very cute!!

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  27. AWESOME! Thanks for sharing....I will be on the look out at Wally World next time I go!

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  28. LOVE it! Great idea. I've made clutch purses out of placemats but never thought about bibs :)

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  29. Love this! I followed your tutorial, linked to it, and did a little modifying. I gave you full credit for the great idea! Thank you!

    http://scrapbookofsorts.blogspot.com/2010/04/placemat-to-bib-tutorial.html

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  30. What a great idea. I think I'll have to rifle through the placemats on my yard sale trips. So many cute options!

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