Announcing Sew Jersey Mama becoming Busy Bee Fabric Co

Hello all!

I started Sew Jersey Mama as a place to share sewing patterns I had perfected and developed over time. I wanted to share these patterns and sewing tips, and anything to do with that. I was also running a handmade Etsy shop selling baby and toddler clothes and more recently started my fabric shop on Etsy. After thinking about which of these ventures to focus more of my time on, I decided to combine the fabric shop and blog as they are most related to each other. So that is why Sew Jersey Mama (the blog) is becoming Busy Bee Fabric Co (the fabric store and blog).

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I am so so excited for this new adventure!! I will be continuing to share sewing tips, patterns, and more as well as offering the perfect fabrics to complete the projects I share in my blog.

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Happy Sewing!

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Free Baby Bib Sewing Tutorial

I thought I would share a special tutorial for the best handmade baby bibs out there (just sayin’). These bibs are a top seller in my handmade Etsy shop and make a great new baby gift. For one, they’re a great size – not too big or too small. They have snaps which babies can’t yank off, and gives you a few neck size options. Finally, they’re made with cotton and a thick terry cloth backing which makes them soft and soaks up mess. Find these cute prints here in my fabric shop tab right here and the super awesome waffled cotton terry cloth here.

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Of course you can use different materials, and even add a layer in the middle of waterproof PUL for extra protection. Instead of terry cloth backing you can use two layers of flannel for a thinner but more flexible bib or minky for a super soft bib. Although, I would definitely recommend to stick with 100% cotton materials at least for the front which is best for baby’s skin and will soak up spills the best.

What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of quilter’s cotton, which you can find here.

1 Fat quarter of your backing material of choice. (My favorite is this waffle terry available here. It is very soft, and the loops are inside which makes it safety compliant)

Snaps or Velcro  (If you have snaps and snap pliers-awesome, if not you can use velcro, but I prefer snaps)

Printable Pattern – DOWNLOAD HERE Baby Bib Pattern (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and tape together)

 

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

Scissors, Pins, Iron, Pinking shears

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Step One, Cut out our materials. Fold the fabric in half, line the pattern up to the fold, pin and cut. (The fabric is here is pictured folded in half)

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Pin your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in. Leave about a 2-3 inch gap on one side of the point to turn the bib inside out. Sew around the bib, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the opening. Trim with pinking sheers.

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Turn the bandana bib inside out and use a dull pencil tip or stick to push out the corners and ends. Iron it flat, making sure to fold in the opening flap where you turned it around.

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Now we will top stitch to close the opening and to give it a professional, crisp look. Change your stitch length to 3 for topstitching.

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We will be adding the snaps now. If you are using velcro, pin down 1 inch strips of velcro on the ends. Make sure to sew to opposite sides so it matches when you overlap the back to close it.
For the snaps you will need your snap pliers, and this sharp point stick to make your hole. I also made a template from cardboard, so my snaps are evenly placed on both ends. (Pliers kit and snaps)

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Insert the cap into the remade hole on the outer side of the fabric. Insert the other half on the other side. It doesn’t matter if you use a socket or stud, as long as you keep it consistent if you will be using more than one snap on each end of the bandana bib. I like to put sockets on this side. Take your pliers, with the cap at the bottom, flat side down, and squeeze. Repeat for the other hold on this side (if adding snaps for adjusting).

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Repeat on the other side, but make sure to insert your cap from the inside, and use the opposite (stud or socket) from your other side.

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Check that your snaps click and open easily, and use the pliers again on any that need fixing. Then you are done! Congratulations!!

 

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One thing I do want to note. If you plan to sell these, you can not use flannel or a loop cotton terry (facing out) because it will not be CPSC compliant.

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Free Pattern for Easy Baby Bummies

If you’ve never heard of baby bummies and you have a little one, you need to make these. They are the perfect little shorts for summer. Keeping them cool and keeping diapers in place. The pattern goes up to size 3, so they’re also good for under dresses of your little girls. This pattern runs big (compared to ready-to-wear) so my 4 year old fits comfortably in the size 3t when she’s normally wearing 5/6 in store clothes.

There are a few adaptions you can make with this pattern to, so you can make it exactly how you like it best. The best part, the pattern is free. It can be found here under the free section or bottoms section. Find some cute fabrics for these, including the space unicorns, at my fabric shop tab here at Busy Bee Fabric Co.

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For the bummies I made, I used a ‘hack’ to do just a band instead of elastic. If you want to do this follow these directions:

To do this, I folded down from the top of both the front and back of the pattern about 3/4 inch. You will do this to have less height because this would’ve made the casing part for elastic.. Then I made a pattern for the band. To do this, I measured across the pattern (remember it is ‘half’ the actual pattern because the fabric is folded when you cut.) So I measured the half, and multiplied it by 4. (to get the measurement all the way around front and back). Then I took that number and found 80% of it. That is the length my band needs to be. For the height, I did about 3 inches so when folded over to be sewn, it’s about 1.5 inches high. This is your preference. I cut out paper in these measurements to make it easier to cut the fabric but you can also use a cutting board.

When sewing the bummies, you will sew the band in to the top just like the leg cuffs in the directions.

Find adorable fabrics to make these in my fabric shop tab here at Busy Bee Fabric Co

If you have any questions, please ask!!!

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Baby Crib Shoes Sewing Pattern

I’ve been so busy working on new products for my Etsy shop that it took me awhile to get this finished, but I am so excited it’s finally done. The baby shoe pattern is here!

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I always got a lot of custom requests for these adorable baby shoes, but as Riley got too old for them, I stopped making them for my shop. So instead, I present to you the sewing pattern to make your own baby shoes.

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I have perfected this pattern and the sizes over time, and many people who have bought pairs from me swear by them being the only shoes that will stay on their baby’s feet. I loved putting these on Riley when she was crawling and starting to walk. They weren’t bulky, perfect for foot development, but kept her feet warm and protected. I barely had to worry about her shoes falling off either.

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This project does require to gather up a variety of materials, so I’d suggest planning to make a few pairs at once, either in one size, or the next sizes up so you’re ready when they grow out of them.

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There are so many possibilities with the style of these shoes. Go for a nice basic soft denim or solid for something that will match a lot of outfits, or make them in a fun seasonal print.

You can purchase the pattern here for just $4.99. It includes sizes from 0-24 months, supplies list, pictures, step by step instructions, and the pattern pieces.

Check out my fabric shop tab here at Busy Bee Fabric Co (formerly Sew Jersey Mama) for a great selection of cotton woven fabrics which are perfect for the top of these shoes.

Happy sewing! Would love to see what you make!

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My Top 5 Online Fabric Stores for Jersey Knits

I thought I would share a quick round up of some of my favorite places online to browse and shop for jersey knits! Jersey knits are perfect for baby and children’s clothing. They’re stretchy like a soft legging material, which make them perfect for active littles. I like to make sure I’m buying a good quality fabric, so look for a bit of weight, and designer brands. The jersey should be at least 95% cotton, and the rest spandex or lycra. Interlock knits work too but sometimes they don’t have as much bounce-back or stretch. Look for high quality brands.  Some of the things I make with jersey knits are the cuff t-shirt (free pattern) and this cute dress.

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  1. First and foremost, is fabric.com. I talk about them a lot, but really they are my go to source for fabric, including jersey knits. Shipping is quick and inexpensive. They have a large selection of jersey knits. I try to stick with the name brands as the quality is usually higher. Some of my favorite brands I find on fabric.com for knits are Cloud 9’s interlock knit, Kaufman, Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery and Michael Miller.
  2. Love Fabric Ireland Etsy shop. I chose this one because they have a good selection of one of my favorite jersey knit fabric brands, Little Darling, I used to buy in the Netherlands. Their shipping to the states is very reasonable as well. The Netherlands is, hands down, been the best place to find kids fabrics that I know of, and I miss being closer to the source!
  3. Lucky Shop 0028 Etsy Shop. Okay, so this is one I haven’t ordered from yet….but, I am really loving what they have in jersey knits. If I weren’t on a fabric buying freeze, I would be eating some of this up. I have so much of it saved in my favorites right now.  It has good reviews, and it has unique prints!

  4.  Wunderland Der Stoffe on DaWanda. Here’s another oddball! So I spent some time in Germany, and didn’t know about this website till I was in the states trying to hunt down that Dutch fabric I was talking about. That’s when I stumbled across DeWanda. It’s sort of like European Etsy. I found this fabric shop, and she has a huge assortment of some really fun kid prints jersey fabric. My customers and myself have always loved the prints and quality of the fabrics she carries. It is slightly difficult to checkout and pay with her. You’re best bet is to message her and say you’ll be ordering from the U.S and she will work it out with you through paypal. Of course there are other sellers on the platform as well, browse around! (pro tip: use google chrome to have the text automatically translated to English)
  5. Spoonflower. Here you can get any print you find in their database printed on a variety of different types of fabric, including jersey knit. The type of fabric I recommend is “cotton spandex jersey”. They do have organic cotton interlock, but it doesn’t have much stretch. It is a bit pricey but there are so many good designs to choose from.
  6. And last, I had to add my very own fabric shop section! It’s small and still growing, but I have lots of fun jersey knit prints to offer.

Happy fabric shopping!

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Penguin Stuffie Sewing Pattern

Winter is on it’s way! And what better way to prepare than make this adorable penguin? Okay, so I kind of actually don’t like winter. I do, and I don’t. I like the decor, actually a lot. But the miserably cold weather and slushy snow, I could definitely live without. The decor definitely cheers me up and makes it all worth it. I developed this pattern for a penguin a few years ago for a special request. I made one for myself as well, and thought it was time to share!Sew Jersey Mama | Sewing Pattern | Sewing Tutorial | Penguin Sewing Pattern

I would say this project is intermediate or advanced beginner level. It’s not hard, per say, but there are a few tricky spots when attaching the head. I have made my penguins with regular quilting cotton, but I’m pretty certain this would be adorable in minky or fleece. Working with minky will definitely make this a bit more challenging though because it tends to be slippery. I love getting my fabric at fabric.com because of all the choices and great prices.

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(By the way her adorable socks are available on amazon here.)

The great thing about this penguin is that there are no small parts so it is definitely safe for babies and kids, just make sure your seams are strong. You can also use this as decor if you are making it with fancier fabrics.

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The sewing pattern and tutorial for Penny the Penguin are available for just $2.99 in my shop right here. It’s an instant download PDF. All you need to do is print it (making sure not to scale it), and cut out the pattern pieces and get going! Click the photo to go right to the pattern!

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I hope you enjoy!

Please check out my elephant stuffie pattern here !

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Toddler Halloween Costume DIY : 60s Hippie Flower Child

After debating a few ideas for Riley’s Halloween costume this year, I decided on a late 60s hippie flower child Woodstock concert-goer vibe.  I don’t have a solid reason why, but it seemed like a perfectly cute concept and I love anything vintage! I had a few other ideas – Madeline (which she can still do when she’s a little older) and a funny one – dress her as a pickle, but they seemed like a bit more work. I had to rush to pull a costume together because our campground was celebrating Halloween early before they close up for the season.

I love what I came up with and this is easy for anyone to put together!

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So here’s how to put this together yourself! For the main outfit I made a boho style tunic, found a pair of flare jeans at Crazy8, and added some fringe from Joann’s Fabric Store to it. I found the pattern to make the top here on Etsy: Tunic Pattern. It’s not the easiest sewing pattern but you will be super proud when you finished. I normally refer to fabric.com, but this print is no longer available there but I found some Etsy. It’s the perfect 60s ‘vintage bed sheet’ print!  (Sewing tutorial and template for the vintage camper pillow are coming soon!)

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But don’t despair, if you don’t want to make the top, Osh Kosh’s Genuine Kids line for Target has tons of boho styles available right now and will work more than perfectly for this outfit. Check out some of the cute options below.

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For the accessories I got a boho headband from Icing which was on clearance and I picked up the peace sign necklace and cute aviator sunglasses (which she refused to wear) from Claire’s. The sandals Riley is wearing are from Target this past summer, but they still have a few on sale including these with fringe!


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The look could be complete there or if you have a natural-looking mini guitar or ukulele around, it would be the perfect extra finishing touch. The ukulele Riley’s holding was super reasonably priced from Amazon, and sounds great. She loved playing with it and I’m hoping to get her into guitar lessons eventually so this will be a nice stepping stone instrument for her.

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I loved how this all came together and couldn’t resist posting a few more shots. If you’re wondering about the camera, that is my Fuji Instax Mini 90. I love it!! Riley finds it pretty cool too.

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Adorable Girls Dress Pattern with Mommy and Me Pattern

As I move into the world of handmade children’s clothes, I”m so happy I can count on Brindille & Twig’s sewing patterns for easy and adorable patterns to start with. Kids are way comfier in this stretchy jersey knit fabric, which is what her patterns are primarily made for. This t-shirt dress pattern was super quick and easy, and it’s a super versatile garment for a little girl’s wardrobe. It is a comfy dress that can be worn with tights or leggings. It can also be made with long sleeves as well. The pattern is provided from 0 months up to 6T. You can find my selection of jersey knit fabrics for sale in my shop section here at Busy Bee Fabric Co (formerly Sew Jersey Mama).

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Head over to Brindille & Twig’s website here to find the pattern.  She also has a very similar matching pattern for adults called “Flare T-Shirt Dress”. Be sure to check out the women’s pattern tab to find it!

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This adorable Dino print was from Joanns, but you can find my selection of jersey knit fabrics for sale here.

Back to the dress…this is seriously an easy sew! I may have mentioned this in my cuff T-Shirt post but you can make these without a serger using a zig zag stitch, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

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I would love to see what you make with this pattern! Feel free to come back and post in the comments, and make sure to pin those awesome images to save for later!!

If you’re thinking about opening an Etsy shop I highly recommend you read my blog post here for some food for thought. This post will help you figure out what products to sell, and there are more posts to come soon, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

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FREE Baby and Toddler T-Shirt Sewing Pattern

Summer is by far my favorite season (sandals, beach days, iced coffee, camping are just a few of my favorite things), but I’m actually looking forward to fall! I think I feel like this every year, because at some point, the hot, humid days are just unbearable, and the tease of cool summer nights in August just make me crave that perfectly crisp ‘just cool enough’ fall air. I hate winter though, so lets not go there yet.

Okay, I’ll admit that one of my favorite parts of changing seasons is changing up the wardrobe. This year I’m excited about making Riley some fall clothes. I’ll still end up buying her some clothes (ok, ok, by some I mean way too many) but she still likes having some pieces made by mom.

I may have gone a little overboard making these adorable ringer t-shirts for her, but I had some irresistibly cute fabric, and they are so easy to make once you get the hang of it. You can find the pattern for the free baby and toddler t-shirt here at Brindille & Twig’s website. She has tons of adorable, well designed patterns, but you can find this t-shirt in the free pattern section! How awesome of her to offer it for free.Sew Jersey Mama | Free Sewing Pattern | Kids T-Shirt Pattern | Sewing Pattern | Easy Sewing Pattern

The school bus fabric was a big hit, but it’s been sold out for awhile now. I have some other cute fabrics perfect for these t-shirts available right here.

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My new plaids for florals would be adorable in these shirts in either the short or long sleeve versions. You can find my available jersey knit fabrics here.


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You can make these without a serger, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

I would love to see what you make! Come back and leave a comment 🙂

If you’re thinking about opening an Etsy shop I highly recommend you read my blog post here for some food for thought. This post will help you figure out what products to sell, and there are more posts to come soon, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

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FREE Bandana Bib Pattern and Tutorial with BONUS instructions for Embroidered Customization

 

 

If you have not heard about the amazing-ness of baby bandana bibs, now is your time to learn about them! They are wonderful little bibs for drool-y, teething babies and toddlers. I loved using bandana bibs with Riley even before teething because she would spit up a lot! It would help catch the spit up and keep it off her adorable little clothes. The best part was that it didn’t cover her whole outfit. These also come in handy beyond the drooling and teething days when your little one might have a runny nose.  I’d like to think I’ve perfected the bandana bib, and I stand behind my product 100%, which is why I’m so excited to share my tips and tricks with you! There’s a few modifications I will be talking about to, so don’t worry about having all the right tools or equipment.

The bandana bibs I will be showing today are customized with embroidery. I never thought I’d own an embroidery machine, but my investment has definitely paid off. Customized items are very popular as gifts. Many Etsy sellers customize with vinyl, but it just won’t hold up to the wear and tear for a baby item like this. I have found that my items with embroidered text or designs have completely held up in the wash. I purchased my machine on Amazon through their warehouse deals. If you haven’t heard about Amazon’s warehouse deals, I’m here to tell you it is always worth checking out when making a larger purchase. I found my Brother PE770 5×7 Embroidery Machine as a warehouse deal for over $100 off. The only reason it was at the warehouse was because the box had been opened. The machine and all the parts were still sealed in all of the original packaging. It varies, but each specific item available to purchase lists the reason it is in the warehouse, so it is very transparent, and you can make the best decision. The Brother PE770 is an awesome machine, but if you are just looking to embroider for personal use, they have cheaper models as well. The biggest difference will be the hoop size, or space available for your text or design.

Let’s get started!

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What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of quilter’s cotton -> My fave source is fabric.com!

1 Fat quarter of your backing material of choice. (My favorite is this waffle terry. It is very soft, and the loops are inside which makes it safety compliant)

Snaps or Velcro  (If you have snaps and snap pliers-awesome, if not you can use velcro, but I prefer snaps)

Printable Pattern – DOWNLOAD HERE:Bandana Bib PDF (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and trim border)

*If you are embroidering you will need the following: 

My two choices for stabilizer are Fusible No-Show PolyMesh which you can iron right to your fabric, or regular No-Show Polymesh which you will use an adhesive spray to temporarily stick it to your fabric. I find it quicker to use the spray, and it’s easier to peel off the extra you will be trimming afterwards, but both options work fine.

Embroidery thread color of your choice

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

*Embroidery Machine (optional)

*Embroidery software (optional)

Scissors, Pins, Iron

**Side note** I love these floral prints these bandanas are made of, and the grey one in particular is from one of my favorite brands, Dear Stella. They have some other adorable florals, along with cute dinosaur prints and some irresistible woodland creature prints. Check it out on fabric.com!
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Step One, Cut out our materials. Fold the fabric in half, line the pattern up to the fold, pin and cut. (Two bibs pictured, not backing material)

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If you are not embroidering, skip ahead! Roll out the stabilizer, and cut a piece that is longer than your hoop frame. Then iron or spray and stick it to your fabric.

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Next we will line it up in the frame. *TIP* Iron your bandana in half both ways to create creases to help you center it. My text needed the 7 inch length of my hoop, so I had to turn my fabric on its side. I used the ruler grid to line up the center with my creases. Keep in mind, the text might not be centered height wise depending on how long your design is. You want to make sure your stitching does not get too close to the edge, so it may need to be closer to the top.

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Hook your hoop to your machine, and get started. Machines will work differently, but load your design into the machine, adjust your layout, and begin. For mine, I make sure there is a tail of thread, but I do not hold it, or it will jam. After it has done a few stitches, pause it, and trim any excess so it does not get tangled. Do the same as you continue, pause after the first few stitches to trim the tail from the last letter.

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Take your finished piece out of the hoop, and carefully trim the excess stabilizer.

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Pin your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in. Leave about a 2-3 inch gap on one side of the point to turn the bandana bib inside out. Sew around the bib, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the opening. Trim with pinking sheers.

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Turn the bandana bib inside out and use a dull pencil tip or stick to push out the corners and ends. Iron it flat, making sure to fold in the opening flap.

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Now we will top stitch to close the opening and to give it a professional, crisp look. Change your stitch length to 3 for topstitching.

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We will be adding the snaps now. If you are using velcro, pin down 1 inch strips of velcro on the ends. Make sure to sew to opposite sides so it matches when you overlap the back to close it.
For the snaps you will need your snap pliers, and this sharp point stick to make your hole. I also made a template from cardboard, so my snaps are evenly placed on both ends. If you plan to put two snaps on both ends to make the size adjustable, I highly advise making a template. Make your holes on both ends of the bandana bib.

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Insert the cap into the remade hole on the outer side of the fabric. Insert the other half on the other side. It doesn’t matter if you use a socket or stud, as long as you keep it consistent if you will be using more than one snap on each end of the bandana bib. I like to put sockets on this side. Take your pliers, with the cap at the bottom, flat side down, and squeeze. Repeat for the other hold on this side (if adding snaps for adjusting).

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Repeat on the other side, but make sure to insert your cap from the inside, and use the opposite (stud or socket) from your other side.

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Check that your snaps click and open easily, and use the pliers again on any that need fixing. Then you are done!

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