One of my best friends N just had a precious little baby girl recently and found this great baby bapron tutorial on Craftiness is Not Optional and asked that I make some for her. I happily obliged! It was such a cute idea, I had to try my hand at it! What is a “bapron”? It’s a bib and apron combined! It provides more coverage than a typical bib and ties in the back like an apron. You can download the free pattern and find the complete tutorial on the website.
The pattern is super easy, I was able to sew my first one in less than an hour. They were so quick to whip up, I decided to make four of them with different variations. The tutorial says to use cotton for the front of the bapron and flannel for the backside. I made a couple with basic cotton on the front but also experimented with oilcloth and ironing on waterproof vinyl because I figured it’d be nice for the frontside to be waterproof. (edit: after talking to N who tested out the baprons for me and after reading one of the comments below, waterproof the bib is NOT a good idea! It’s better to use absorbent material!) I’m not the best with sewing on binding so I mostly stuck with using 1/2″ binding around the edges, but I tried one version with skinny 1/4″ binding and discovered that I liked it much better and I think its easier to tie, too, when the binding is thinner.
Here are the four baprons with the variations that I made:
Here are the flannel backsides of the baprons, aren’t they so cute?
I was happy that I was able to use fabric that I already had to sew these baprons, they don’t require much fabric to make them, so its a great way to use up leftover fabric.
I also added the custom woven labels that my sister gave me for my birthday on the backside:
I love how the labels are so colorful so they match pretty much anything! And they add a nice professional touch to my hand sewn gifts!