Sunday, 27 January 2019

Baby Bandanas (Make do and Mend)

 I have been making baby bandanas (rather unattractively called dribble bibs) for our first grandchild. Although I could start a pop-up shop with my stash, I didn't have anything suitable. They required soft, stretch fabric and I had purged all my old t-shirts a year ago. (Typical!) Then I remembered I had bought two pairs of soft jersey pyjamas which were still in the drawer but hardly ever worn. I managed to make five little bandanas out of them. I could probably make more but it would mean a lot of piecing.

The pyjamas I used for the bandanas.

The pattern is easy. Remember the paper hearts you cut out for Valentine's Day in primary school? It's almost the same as that. Each bandana 17" wide at the widest point and 7" deep.
Make a curve for the neck and add 1/4" seam allowances all around.

The pattern is cut on the fold.
The pattern folded out.

To make, place the fabrics right sides together and stitch around the edges (1/4" seams) leaving a gap for turning. Clip, if necessary and turn to the right side, press and hand stitch the gap. Press again then stop stitch 1/4" from the edge.
Use a small piece of Velcro for fastening,  stitching it on with a small zig zag stitch  and they are finished.

I also made two posh bandanas for Flora with some Liberty jersey fabric which I had saved for bunting.  Here is Flora, at four months, modelling one of them.

Flora looking pensive.

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