Monday, July 13, 2009

more bibs and burps


These are for Asher, adorable boy extraordinaire born recently to my bosom friend and her husband. He is their third baby, and since they make such pretty towheaded munchkins I think they should go ahead and round it up to ten. Right, Robyn? Ha ha.




This set is backed with white chenille on both the bib and the burp cloths, and the burp cloths also have a layer of batting sandwiched in between to soak up the really juicy burps. Once again all credit for the free bib pattern goes to Chickpea Sewing Studio. Thank you! The burp cloths are just rectangles with a pieced strip of contrasting fabric at the bottom of each.

I thought I'd be smart and do snaps instead of buttons this time. I even bought some pretty pearlized snaps for the job. Then I realized I'm not smart enough to put them on properly. Much sweating, vein bulging, instruction reading, thumb whacking, tong prying and bib patching later, I did finally manage to put three functioning snaps in place. However I had to throw away at least 12 crumpled sets of snaps. I think there is a little tool available that makes this easier. I think I must get that tool.

I was delighted to have a way to use some new LizzyHouse Red Letter Day fabric. Isn't it yummy looking? But still great for a boy in these particular colorways. The ducks had me at hello. And I'd really really really love to make her Marble Champ Quilt some day.

(As an aside, have you ever had a project that was snakebitten from the start? Seemingly simple, but you can't seem to do an everlovin' stinkety thing right from the get go until the bitter end? Stupid mistake followed by stupider mistake? This was one of those projects. Besides the 12 sets of snaps there was extensive seam ripping, and I also threw away an almost-finished bib and a burp cloth that were so screwed up there was no hope of recovery. And I ran out of fabric. A true test of love for my friend. But I was victorious in the end.)

14 comments:

  1. I, too, have tried the snaps and nearly tossed a (Chick Pea) bib in the trash bin. Gah! Those things can be a nightmare...even with the tool! I love your bibs...those fabrics look great. I've been going over and over in my head what I could use those for. Now I know! Thanks!!

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  2. :-) whew, Mel! It's nice to know I'm not the only snap challenged person.

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  3. And we are so very grateful that you conquered the bibs. Asher loves them, especially the ducks. :) Love you!

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  4. These are marvelous! Glad to know I'm not the only one with challenges - but we can overcome!

    Happy Day!

    Bev

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  5. they look great, i love that fabric too, just finished a playmat with it for my little monkeys!

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  6. Worth every penny
    http://www.snapsource.com

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  7. Love, love, love them!!! The fabric looks great, too.

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  8. I found myself struggling with snaps this week too, but perhaps not as much as you. Although, do you have any tips for prying them out?

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  9. I bought some simple snaps and used a spool of thread and hammer as the instructions said...worked like a charm! The hole on the bottom of the spool fits perfectly over the snap "assembly" and I didn't have one bum installation! Try it!!

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  10. Sarah, the best way I found to get it out with the least damage was to use a tiny, thin (and clean) flathead screwdriver. Wedge that thin edge in between the snap and the cloth, then holding the fabric around the snap firmly down, rotate the screwdriver blade slowly so that it levers the snap away from the fabric.
    Of course, there is probably a better method out there that I haven't researched. Knowing my snap handicap, maybe you should ask someone else. ha! Good luck!

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  11. I LOVE the blue duck! Good on you for finishing the job in spite of all the setbacks. Your friend is very blessed.

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  12. One word for snap issues: VELCRO.

    =) Love these!!

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  13. What type of fabric did you use on top?

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    1. Hi, Ashley, the fabric on top is quilting weight cotton. Lizzie House Red Letter Day.

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