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Date: 2/1/14 3:18 PM

I am making baby bibs with flannel as directed. Also in the directions it tells me to use interfacing (iron on) which I did, however my bib looks more like a visor At first I thought ok., but now I really don't like it. Is it ok to make the bibs with just flannel back and front? Any help is appreciated, thank you.

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Date: 2/1/14 4:01 PM

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Is it ok to make the bibs with just flannel back and front?

I don't see why you can't make them that way.

Chances are, the iron-on interfacing shrank from the heat & steam of the iron.
Interfacing is supposed to give the bib some body. You could also just machine quilt the two layers of flannel and that will give it some body (firmness.)
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Date: 2/1/14 4:09 PM

I don't know why your bib looks like a visor I use interfacing with flannel a lot and it doesn't shrink up. I always wash the flannel before cutting , but don't wash the iron on interfacing until it's part of the garment. I use the cheapy iron on interfacing from Joann's. Usually costs around $.99 a yard

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Date: 2/1/14 5:06 PM

What weight interfacing are you using? You won't need anything to heavy.

I made my daughter a Dora backpack and wanted it to have enough body to stand up on its own. I went way overboard and bought the heaviest, thickest iron on interfacing I could find at Joanne's. It did the trick, but made it a bear to put together. I now err on the side of too light figuring I could iron on a second layer if I really need to.

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Date: 2/2/14 10:30 AM

It sounds like maybe the interfacing used was too heavyweight. There are many different weights of interfacing which will give different amounts of body to the fabric being fused to. If you want the fabric to be stiff, use a heavyweight interfacing; if you want a softer feel use a lighter weight interfacing.
I make samples before I start a project to see which weight of interfacing will work best...I usually do a 5" x 5" square.

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Date: 2/2/14 11:12 AM

I agree that the interfacing was too heavy, but I also think you probably don't need it. It's nice to use the bib to wipe off little faces if needed, so the softer the better. The stiffer it is, the faster food is going to roll straight off and onto the floor, and it'd be nice to waylay that a bit as well.

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Date: 2/2/14 12:16 PM

I've made countless bibs and it never occurred to me to use interfacing. If you feel the bib needs more body, use am extra layer of flannel.

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