Linen/Upcycled Denim Bib & Burp Cloth

I attended an impromptu baby shower over the weekend
and decided to make this darling bib and burp set for baby “Jack.”
I made it using linen (a freckled cottage staple) 
and repurposed denim that came from a pair of boyishly broken in jeans that no longer fit this little guy
and didn’t quite work for
this one
or that one. 
(baby girl)
  The bib pattern came from the coolest gifts,
 given to the twins from Colleen at TotalYuppie 
(warning: she does not sell them), 
who got the pattern from a friend, 
who got the pattern from,
 (I’d say that’s money well spent.) 

The owls are tooth pillows

and I love me some cute and functional!
The bib is the easiest thing to make. 
(The owls on the other hand…) 
I simply placed the original bib flat, on top of my fabric,
and traced the outline with a fabric marker  
 (okay, I used a Sharpie but it’s all I could find)
leaving a 1/4-inch space between the bib and outline.
You can get your hands on the book above
or just use a garage sale find for your pattern.
Any old bib will do.  

I used cotton to line the back

and pinned the right sides of each fabric together.

Using a sewing machine, 

I straight stitched a 1/4-inch seam, 
leaving a small un-stitched section to pull the fabric
right side out before stitching it closed.

I ironed the bib and straight stitched another 1/4-inch around.

(back view)
I cut a 1/2-inch x 1-inch rectangle of denim and 
straight stitched it at the bottom right.

The imperfectly stitched lines are intentional

and add to the handmade look.

Then, using some white fabric paint, I painted on the name.

I’m not in love with my particular handwriting font, 

but I was workin’ with what I had.

You could also use lettered stamps.
And, cutting out the back pocket of the jeans 
and stitching it to the front of the bib would look adorable 
and serve as a pacifier stash (as in functional).

Lastly, I added a snap 

but a Velcro or button closure would work, too.
That’s it, folks. 

The bib didn’t cost me a dime because 

I already had everything on hand. 
However, I did shell out $1.83 for the burp cloth 
which was even easier to make.
To make it, 
I bought a package of 6 cloth diapers from Target for $11.
$11 / 6 = $1.83

I cut a 5-inch wide section of denim to use, 
choosing the holey knee part because I thought it
added some little boy cuteness to the burp cloth. 

Folding the edges of the denim under (1/4-inch), 

I positioned it in the center of the cloth diaper, 
pinned it, straight stitched it, 
and had myself one darling, little burp cloth.

It was such a sentimental (made with love from my little guy’s tattered jeans), easy, and inexpensive project.


I couldn’t stop there.

I didn’t have a card either.

So…using scraps of fabric and a small, blank card left over 

from my wedding day, I made this.

 Wouldn’t it make a great place card, too?

That very thought inspired a future linen/denim table runner,

made from the holey parts of Jaden’s old jeans, 
of which there are many. 

His worn and tattered jeans are such a reflection of 

the high energy, clumsy child that he his.
Take this knee, for example.
I patched a hole in it once and within days (perhaps moments),
another, much larger hole appeared. 

I can’t think of a better way to preserve reflections of my little boy than to see them strewn the length of my kitchen table. 

This post (and other creative ideas) can be found at:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm 
Sew & Tell
seven thirty three 

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

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  1. This is so cute–your creativity is so inspiring to me! Looking forward to what else you’ve got in there!

  2. Chris says:

    What thoughtful gifts. I giggled at the little ones trying on the jeans.

  3. Beautiful! Your website is so inspiring! Thanks for linking to Sister Sister, be sure to check back next Sunday to see what our current favorites are!

  4. Thank you so much, everyone! I’ll respond to each of you individually. You officially made my day!

  5. Beckie says:

    These are just fabulous! And sooo sweet! Your blog is wonderful and I would love to feature your button on my sidebar for the week! I am following because I can’t wait to see more of your creativity!

  6. Colleen says:

    OH…MY…GOSH…I love the denim & linen!!! LOVE IT!

  7. Oh, I love that sweet little bib! I love the way the linen looks with the denim! You are so talented AND I love your blog! I found you while visiting Twice Remembered, and am so glad I did! :)

    Have a good night!

  8. So Cute! This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Sister Sister!

  9. Love this! I need to make one for my new grandson and my sister’s new baby due to arrive in October. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  10. Geesh Jami – you are inspiring me to find my sewing machine. A few more of these kinda posts and I’m sure I’ll be finding a new place for the twins to sleep so I can work in my craft room. Love the idea, and I just may use it…

  11. Pam says:

    A handmade bib like that deserves only natural, organic baby food. It’s really a charming gift! Following you now thru Funky Junk’s SNS #36. Pam @ Sallygoodin

  12. Suzy D. says:

    great job. I love making baby stuff the best.
    I made my grandson a blanket with his papa charlie’s old jeans.makes a great outing blanket. visit me @

  13. decdiva1 says:

    great ideas! you are so creative! i’m gonna have ot learn to sew better/more!

  14. Katie says:

    That is adorable! Love the denim!

  15. Super cute! I loooove the bib! I love owls too and those owls are squeezable! I found you through Night Owl Crafting. I am just loving your blog! :)

    I have a giveaway going on (my first) over at Finding My Aloha, if you are interested!

    Now I am off to tip toe around your blog some more :)

  16. Heather says:

    Oh I LOVE the look of the linen and denim together and the burp cloth is TDF!

  17. Just darling, such a cute combination of fabrics. You did a really nice job of making it also. I often have, what I think, are great ideas, but they don’t always turn out as great in real life, as in my head. :)

  18. Great idea! Such cure bibs!

    Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you today for another link party and a giveaway!
    Ashley @

  19. Becky says:

    Sew cute!!! I love it, great idea, totally awesome! I am going to steal all of these ideas for my bff’s baby shower on sunday. Thanks :)

  20. lush stuff says:

    Love the combo of linen and denim. Great to recycle isn’t it. recycling Beautiful children in the photos.

  21. QuilterMary says:

    WOW … these are just too cute! Never would have thought of using the denim – GREAT IDEA. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Sew lovely! Wow…it’a amazing what you can do with a couple pieces of fabric. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

  23. What a cute little set, I love the linen look. Awesome.

  24. Leslie says:

    these are so great…awesome finish.

  25. Oh I love this idea!! I have a huge box of old denim that I’ve been looking for something–anything–to do with. Thanks!

  26. Leslie says:

    Oh how sweet! What a great baby gift! Thanks for the tutorial and for linking up to Hoo’s got talent!

  27. Carla says:

    Wow that is very creative of you. Love the bib and owls. Very cool.

  28. Catherine says:

    Love it! Wow, I had never realised that my eldest high energy, sporty – “I’m sliding for the ball Mum” – was actually giving me material for future use!!

    What a brilliant idea – my soon-to-be nephew is for sure getting these from Aunty Cath!


  29. Worn Cotton says:

    I love this idea! This is such a cute gift idea! Thanks for sharing!

  30. I found your awe inspiring blog several weeks ago. I am now a stalker of your blog. :)

    I love this bib. I have on my sewing to-do list a bib for my friends new baby boy. I purchased some red western with horseshoe print material and will be adding denim and burlap. I think it will all work beautifully together.

    Thank you so much.

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