DIY Modern Apron or Adult Bib Charity Sewing Project

14 Feb

A very stylish lady we know is recovering from a Stroke. She is leaving the hospital and entering Rehabilitation next week. I meet weekly with the best group of ladies in my little world, we call ourselves Comfort Quilters. Sherri brought in an adult bib for us to make. I knew we could do better! Our friend Jan brought something like we will be making in to show us several years back. I drew the yoke for this new version. It’s really all about dignity, what adult wants to wear a bib? With a tiny bit of extra effort you’ve got a stylish alternative. All you need is two Fat Quarters of fabric, one for your focus fabric and one for the lining, one Hand Towel or Dishtowel, and 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ piece of of Hook and Loop Tape. Stitch, then clip, your yoke rights sides together leaving Bodice open. Turn your yoke right side out and press. Turn the raw edges of the bodice under 1/2″. Trim your hook and loop tape to an oval shape. I used my favorite tool the Sizzix Bigshot and Originals Ovals to cut my hook and loop tape. Stitch hook tape oval to the left side – on focus fabric side and loop oval to the right side – lining side of fabric. Set aside. Turn the bottom of your towel to the right side creating a 6 1/2″ deep pocket. Stitch sides of towel pocket securely. For an Adult Bib we leave this pocket as one large opening to catch falling food. For a Kitchen apron stitch one or two rows of stitching to create pockets. Trim away the hem from the top of the towel and place it into the bodice opening pushing it up inside at least 1/2″ pin to secure, easing to fit. Top stitch a scant 1/4″ from bodice edge catching all three layers at once. That’s it! Your Apron or Adult Bib is finished.

The one with the Tomato Fabric is mine for cooking and I love it! That’s Penny the Chihuahua photo bombing. I whipped out my hand dyed felted wool and die cut a matching tomato to Applique on the pocket. Too cute don’t you think?

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10 Responses to “DIY Modern Apron or Adult Bib Charity Sewing Project”

  1. Kish March 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    i like the pockets on bibs, reminds me of crumb catcher bib as seen here https://www.careoutfit.com/adult-bibs/all/reusable-adult-bib-with-crumb-catcher-and-vinyl-backing-with-snaps-butterfly-prints.html

  2. Lynne September 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Thank you for sharing such a pretty pattern, I can’t wait to try it.

  3. ann December 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    cant seem to scale the patter on my printer from my mini ipad can u help pls.

    • lbosma December 6, 2016 at 1:30 am #

      If you don’t have access to a computer with Micro Soft Word please Private Message me on Facebook with you address and I will mail it to you! My Facebook is Laura Bvolld.

      • Lynn Williams July 14, 2019 at 1:39 am #

        Only have a Mac—-don’t understand 1″ scale. (my fault not yours). Would like to make for nursing homes and my 94 yr old aunt. Thank you for helping me. Your pattern best I found!

      • lbosma July 14, 2019 at 5:36 am #

        Lynn, please print the two pattern photos. Once printed the little box is likely 1/2”. Enlarge each pattern 100% and remeasure the little box. It should now be 1” square. Follow the directions in my discussion of the project and you should be home free. Happy Stitching! PS The Scaling feature should be in your printer folder. I keep it turned off always as I do not want the computer/printer to resize what I am printing.

  4. Becky December 20, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    This is such a neat idea. My 96-year old mother-in-law is in a nursing facility and this would be ideal for her. I am NOT a seamstress but I am going to give this a try. Hopefully I can whip up 2 or 3 before Christmas. I will do this instead of putting up a tree… sigh…

  5. Donna Y February 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank you so much for your tutorial. I am looking forward to making some for the adults I work with. They have developmental disabilities and the bibs they use now are just awful. I think I can make them some pretty cool looking ones. Ones they won’t mind wearing. I work with 12 individuals, so I will be very busy sewing.

  6. Cathy Peele March 12, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    I can’t seem to scale the pattern so I can print

    • lbosma March 12, 2019 at 11:44 am #

      I am sorry you are having trouble. If you’ve tried to print on your printer and have disabled “scaling” with no positive result I encourage you to Google “free adult bib pattern.” I am confident you will find many examples.

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