Baby bibs from recycled fabric!

One of the joys of being a blogger is receiving a response from you. As I sit at my desk typing each Monday morning, I have to imagine you reading this on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone and I wonder what you will make of what I am sharing with you on any given day.  So it was a great delight to hear last week from Nancy Hamilton who lives in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?  Nancy had read my post on how to recycle a shirt (you can see it yourself here) and wrote to tell me about her own shirt-recycling activities.

Nancy uses buttoned shirts, T-shirts and sweatshirts to make bibs for little ones, using parts of the shirt, like the pocket and the shirt brand label in interesting ways. Here is one of her creations:


I love the way the logo has been so perfectly placed, how soft stretch fabric has been used for the part that goes under the chin and the attractive use of the check on the bias for the binding. Here’s another, which once again uses the bias check so effectively:


I asked Nancy if she sells her creations. She replied that they are made for gifts and for charity. Here’s another bib in a pretty mini-check:


And this one, which uses a recycled sweatshirt for the front:

Washington bib

Photo credit: all photographs above by Nancy Hamilton

Nancy would like to share her pattern with you. (Please note that this is only for your personal use. It must not be reproduced in any form or distributed.)

Thank you Nancy!

Click on the link below for a downloadable PDF of Nancy’s pattern. The pattern is set up to be printed, without resizing, on a normal 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper

Pocket Front Sweatshirt Bib pattern on fold

Nancy Hamilton’s alias online is NancyinSTL, so you can look out for her.

Do let me know if you make some of these nice bibs. If you contact me first with the contact form below, we can arrange for the sending of any photos you have of your work and I’ll put them on the blog!

Here’s an Amanda Jane Textiles fabric design ‘Cephalopods’. You can find it in my online studio on Spoonflower here.


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