Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday: repurposed jeans

I love a denim bib, it's classic.  It doesn't wear out, it's soft, it's cute and looks good with everything!  It's non-gender specific so it can get passed down to the next sibling or cousin . . .

If you don't save jeans for sewing projects, you can find little denim pockets at your local resale shop or garage sale on children's clothing or most men's jeans which have a perfect little (change) pocket.  

I have an old kingsize denim dust ruffle that I almost got rid of several years ago.  I'm so glad I kept it, I've used it over and over again.  A seamstress should always have a good supply of denim on hand to recycle, especially if you have teens.  You can save a ton of money repairing holes in jeans.  (I used to iron those jean patches into the backs of holes, but now I just sew a piece of denim to the back)

Bib directions
Pick 2 coordinating fabrics (preferably 1 in denim! ) I prefer to use flannel for the back, besides it feeling softer, it will absorb more.  Look for a slightly thinner or worn denim when making bibs, as it will be more pliable and not so heavy.

Press and starch your 2 coordinating fabrics.  (When sewing an item with 2 different fabrics, one is bound to shrink more than the other.  I prefer to press with heavy steam before cutting the fabric as apposed to pre-washing.  Starch will help the fabric from becoming distorted while cutting)

With right sides together, pin and mark bib pattern.  Cut out the 2 pieces of fabric together, at the same time.

Pin and sew the 2 pieces,  leaving a 2 inch hole along the bottom of the bib.  Cut notches around the curves to minimize bulk.   Turn right side out and press.

Cut out back side of small denim pocket before sewing onto bib to minimize bulk.  Pin pocket on center of front side of bib.  Sew down along edges using matching thread.  To make pocket functional, only sew along the top of the pocket flap, and up the sides of the pocket, stopping at the top of the opening on each side.  (back stitch to secure edges)

Sewing the pocket onto the front of your bib AFTER sewing front and back together will give your bib more stability (not as it is shown above)

Top stitch all the way around close to the edge of the bib.  (This will close the opening at the bottom)

My thoughts on picking your closure - A button would be adorable, but I'm too lazy to make the button hole, strings take too long to tie (and make), a velcro bib is easily pulled off by a toddler (so tells me an experienced mother) so I prefer a large snap.

These bibs will get lots of wear so reinforce the ends.

I hand picked this color and weight of thread that looks like the thread used on jeans.  

If you're interested in this pattern, leave me a comment and I'll email you the pdf.  


denim quilt


  1. What a fantastic idea. they look great.

  2. Too cute! We are going to have another little one in September and I will definitely be making some of these!

  3. Great ideas for baby bibs! Would greatly appreciate the instructions if you please.

  4. Could I have the pattern for the bib, I make them and then donate them to a hospital in my area. Thank you, Karen Shoutz

  5. I a new great grandson and my husband passed away before he was born. I would love to recycle some of Papaw's jeans for him. I've used his shirts to make teddy bears. If you still share this pattern, I would love to have it.

  6. I would love to have this pattern! I have several friends having babies and would love to have a cute gift to make them. Thank you!

  7. This would make for a great present, I would love to have the pattern.

  8. I love upcycling and reuseing. I would like ... no love ... the Pattern, please :)

  9. I wood love the pattern if it's still available please☺

  10. My email is

  11. I would love to have this pattern to make bibs for my first grandchild due this month! Please email the pattern to me? My email address is

  12. I love your bibs! May I have the pattern please? I plan to make them for my new cousin.

    1. Jennifer, you emailed me as a "no reply" blogger. Please send me your email and get the pattern right to you :)

  13. Please email me the pattern, I'm expecting my first grandchild in March. Thanks so much!

  14. please send me the pattern

  15. Would love to have this pattern for my first grandchild!

  16. Lisa,
    You emailed me as a "no reply" blogger. Please send me your email and I will get the pattern right to you :)


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