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shaelawnsmom
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Date: 1/4/13 10:34 AM

Good Morning to all,

Well, I decided to make some bibs for a friend of mine. I have been reading, here on line, that you can use batting and another material for the inside to help repel fluids. Has anyone ever used Vinyl in their bibs (I am looking at very thin type)? Or can you recommend another material?

Thank you all for your advice.

Erica

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Date: 1/4/13 10:50 AM

I don't care for vinyl, but it does prevent the spills from going through to the clothing. I'd put the vinyl on the back of the bib, not the inside. You could use diapering cloth between your outer fabric and the vinyl. It's thin and very absorbent after washing the finish out.

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Date: 1/4/13 11:18 AM

Having made many special needs bibs, I would recommend using PUL-polyurethane laminate-instead of vinyl. They use it to make diaper covers, and that's were most fabric stores carry it with the baby fabric. I make bibs that have a top layer of pretty fabric, a layer of flannel, then pul. If you don't want the pul against the skin, and I don't use it like that, than use another layer of fabric or flannel on the back of the bib. You could still use a thin layer of batting as an absorbancy layer instead of the flannel if you like. But the pul is nearly waterproof and will keep the drool off the baby. PUL is expensive, 13-15 a yard, so it's one to use the 50% off coupons on. It is washable/dryable so the care is easy. It is very easy to make adorable bibs and it's nice project to do for someone. Good luck!
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Date: 1/4/13 11:37 AM

I also use PUL for the back. Joanns carries it in solids and prints.

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Date: 1/4/13 2:13 PM

Just adding my 2 cents as a new mom.

We got a lot of bibs (both embroidered by relatives, handmade, and store-bought) as shower gifts. We didn't really use them much until we started solid food when my daughter reached six months.

We go through a LOT of bibs now. The PUL-backed ones are nice, but honestly, the plain-old-terry cloth ones work just fine for keeping food off of Eva's clothes most of the time.

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Date: 1/4/13 3:03 PM

I also don't find we need pul for infant daycare bibs. I am often working with odd materials and scraps as I don't want to use ALL my stash for work stuff. I have found that thinnish fleece makes a great middle layer with flannel on one side and various weights of cotton on the other. It gives the bib some body and seems to contain liquids pretty well. Then there are the kids who manage to get covered no matter what size or shape of bib you put on! "Suzie - how on earth did you get oatmeal there?"

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Date: 1/4/13 9:30 PM

I don't know about babies, as I don't have any. But the special needs kids I make them for need a waterproof layer for the drooling. If you need a waterproof layer, the go with the pul. Don't need the waterproofing, then the flannel will probably work fine. You could probably do some of both if you want, and use cute fabric. They wouldn't take much for babies and they could be absolutely adorable and easy to make.
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Date: 1/5/13 0:42 AM

My friend uses curtain lining with a rubber backing, much cheaper than pul

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Date: 1/5/13 10:23 AM

Thank you everyone for all your great ideas. My girlfriend is pregnant and I was planning on making larger bibs for when baby starts eating regular food. I never thought of using a cheap shower curtain liner for they vinyl. I remember when my dd was that age, you can go through alot of bibs. Since I have a ton of scraps at the moment, I thought why not get a start on bibs for her.

Erica

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Date: 1/5/13 11:46 AM

I have a new grandbaby (first), and got a request from the mother for a dressy bib. Lots of weddings and special occasions for them to attend soon. Anyway I have bags of antique table linens, with the embroidery or the lace, and was going to try to adapt some of those into bibs, and had the same question. These fabrics are rather thin and definitely need a backing. I had just bought some iron on laminating to try on the back, but haven't done so yet. I like the idea of drapery lining also. But couldn't quite figure how to go about it. I find most directions were not helpful and either aimed at new born cutesy or extremely utilitarian,

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