Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A bib fail and Merry Christmas to me

I mentioned before that I had some leftover FQ's of the Richard Scarry fabric I used in my son's nursery and I wanted to make a bib. I have Amy Butler's Little Stitches book and there is a bib pattern in there that I thought I would use.

It didn't go so well.

Let me say, it could very well be my baby brain. I seem to be terrible at anything that requires a lot of thought these days!!  I also think that my second mistake was trying to use the iron on laminate from Pellon. Not the products fault, but my fault. I should have made one without it first so I knew what the heck I was doing!

The pattern was listed as a difficulty level #2. So I'm pretty embarrassed about that one. But I have to say, the directions were really lacking. Because she has two different patterns on there, one with a pig and one just with fabrics, there doesn't seem to be a lot of detail. No instructions on when to turn your project right side out. If I read it correctly, it has me adding the bottom pocket inside out!? 

So I wound up just using the pattern piece to cut everything out and then winging it. HA! There's my problem. Here's my final result.

It's a wrinkled mess due to the laminate. And the neck straps don't reach each other.

Apparently I was sloppy attaching the pocket and this corner had raw edges sticking out. I had to topstitch it. :(

The back is cute though - lol!

So I think I need to find an online tutorial. Clearly I need stuff spelled out for me at this stage of the game.  If you have any you want to recommend, I would love it!

On a more fun note, I bought myself a little fabric Christmas present. I knew hubby wasn't getting me anything fabric/sewing related so I got myself some of the yummie Half Moon Modern fabrics that I've been loving. I got some at my LQS and others from Pink Chalk Fabrics. They came Christmas Eve!

And I had no idea how big those dots and chevrons actually are. That's a quarter on that dot on the top print for scale.

I'm thinking these will be great for a quilt back or a large bag. And the colors definitely make me happy. Hope you had a wonderful holiday too!

Happy New Year!


**nicke... said...

amy butler strikes again i see! ;)

Anonymous said...

I had once planned to try the Amy Butler bib, which should be complicated, but her directions leave something to be desired and I gave up on it before I even cut any fabric! In the end, I wound up using the bib pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby (though I didn't use the laminate she recommends, so I made them double-sided). I think they turned out pretty well. Anyway, maybe they'd have that book at the library or something - it's got a lot of cute (and simple!) patterns in it.

Anonymous said...

(Eeek.. shouldn't, not should, be complicated.)

Lee said...

What nicke said. : ) Leave it to Amy Butler to make a bib complicated!

Did I miss that you're having a boy? Congrats!

Katy Cameron said...

Heh, yes, those pattern directions can be a PITA! Sorry about the bib not turning out as you'd like it. I do love your buys though, that line is on my 'want' list :oD

felicity said...

The reverse side does look lovely! I'd stitch on a couple of pieces of ribbon for a tie and call it done!

Anonymous said...

Just popping back in to reply to your comment at my blog! In any case, it’s not so much that I’m a no-reply blogger as that I’m not a blogger at all – it’s one of the great wordpress/blogger divides that our email addresses don’t get attached to our comments. I wish they’d provide the option in the OpenID login because it would make things a lot simpler!

Marci Girl said...

Oh darn those Amy Butler patterns, I feel your pain with the mommy brain. It plagues me too!


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