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Project

Bibs and Shoelaces for Kids

Fashion meets function in this easy-to-make, customizable fabric trim.

Introduction

Why settle for white? Here, bibs form the backdrop to more than just baby-food stains, and eye-catching laces make learning to tie one's shoes enticing.

Learn Bias Tape Basics before you start.

Get more bias tape crafts: Tote Bag, Table Runner and Napkins, Hand and Bath Towels, Lamp Shade.

Materials

  • Single-fold cotton bias tape, 1/2 inch wide
  • Sewing Kit
  • Bib template
  • Measuring tape
  • Bib
  • Shoelaces

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using our bib template, cut bib from white cotton fabric. You will need 2 yards of single-fold bias tape in any width for the bib's binding and ties (plus extra for stripes, monograms, or other embellishments).

  2. Step 2

    For stripes, stitch tape to bib 1/8 inch from tape's upper and lower edges. For monogram, stitch pieces of tape to bib, folding under the ends to prevent fraying.

  3. Step 3

    Stitch bias tape around neckline, and trim excess.

  4. Step 4

    Cut tape to 50 inches. Measure 11 1/2 inches from end of bias tape, leaving it loose (this will be a tie). Attach tape at one outer edge of the neckline, and stitch around bib, stopping at the opposite edge of the neckline. Measure 11 1/2 inches for second tie, and snip off excess.

  5. Step 5

    Stitch entire length of tie, ending with a fold-over finish.

  6. Step 6

    Make or buy single-fold cotton bias tape that is 1/2 inch wide; cut two strips that are the same length as the shoe's original laces. Fold each lace in half lengthwise, and press with iron.

  7. Step 7

    Trim ends at an angle. Stitch along the entire length of the lace, about 1/8 inch from edge. Stack pieces, wrong sides facing and edges aligned. Bind front of bag to back with bias tape, beginning and ending with a fold-over finish.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2007