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DIY 1st Birthday Bib Tutorial

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays using paint and a stencil

I’m loving this DIY 1st birthday bib that I made for Liam using Handmade Charlotte stencils, FolkArt paint, and little bit of sewing.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Plaid sent me the Party set from Rachel Faucett’s six new Handmade Charlotte stencils along with a bunch of paint and spouncers and what a coincidence, Liam’s 1st birthday is right around the corner.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Chances are you may have a baby Liam too but if not, just swap out the name, or you could use the number “1” candle alone too, or use some of Handmade Charlotte’s other birthday-themed stencil shapes.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Making your own stenciled DIY 1st birthday bib is easy. I used freezer paper with these stencils because (1) I wanted to see the whole design and once, and (2) I was too lazy to stencil the letters individually, wait for them to dry before adding the next letter, and sweat over the spacing between letters. It is kind of an extra step but for names, I think stencils plus freezer paper works really well.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

I’ll also show you how to sew it all up into a cute 1st birthday bib.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Thanks, Handmade Charlotte and Plaid, for inspiring a keepsake happy 1st birthday bib for my sweet, smiley Liam boy.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social. All opinions in this post are my own.

WANNA MAKE IT? Free tutorial and supply list for making a DIY 1st Birthday Bib –>

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Supplies for making a DIY 1st Birthday Bib:

  • Handmade Charlotte stencils in Party and Labels (This 1st birthday bib design uses shapes from the Party set and letters from the Labels set)
  • Folkart Acrylic White Paint
  • Folkart Textile Medium (optional but recommended although I skipped it)
  • Spouncer
  • Freezer paper and pencil
  • Fabric, bias tape and thread
  • VELCRO brand Fabric Fusion fasteners (or VELCRO Sew-On fasteners)
  • Good iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine

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How to make a DIY 1st Birthday Bib:
Punch out your chosen Handmade Charlotte stencils. I used a Party and Labels set combination.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Cut out a square of freezer paper. Starting with the number 1 stencil, trace inside the stencil using a mechanical pencil.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Here’s what the Party letter stencils would have looked like, so for LIAM with this ‘A’ and ‘M’ next to each other, I decided to use the Labels letter stencils instead.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Trace the stencil letters around the “1”. I choose to fill in the stencil part of the letters to which is another nice thing about using the freezer paper.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Take the cake stencil and just trace the cake stand.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Looking good so far.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

I liked the candle stencil but it was too small to go onto my “1” so I just freehand drew the flame by referring to the Handmade Charlotte stencil.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Cut out the stencil using an X-ACTO knife, saving the inside of the “A” or any other letters with an inside. Grab some cute fabric and a bib that fits your birthday boy or girl.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Trace the bib onto the fabric.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

And cut it out.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Trim around the stencil and iron the freezer paper onto the bib. Make sure your steam is not on or else it will warp the freezer paper stencil.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Make sure all edges are stuck to avoid the paint leaking underneath the stencil later. And remember to iron on the center for the “A.”

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

OK, so you’re ready to paint. Plaid recommends when painting on fabric to use their Folkart Textile Medium. I skipped it but read these instructions from Folkart and make your own decision. Squeeze out some white paint onto a disposable surface; I used a piece of aluminum foil.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Get a little paint on your spouncer; it should be almost dry.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Now pounce it up and down.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Like so…

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Here’s a super quick and rough video of how I did it…

Keep painting until the whole stencil is painted.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Wait about five minutes for it. Start to peel off the stencil.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Peel off the middle of the A with an X-ACTO knife, being careful not to cut through the fabric.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

OK, so I was nervous about peeling off the stencil but it worked really well. Let it dry and then sew up the bib. Follow Folkart’s heat setting instructions to set the paint.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Get ready to sew bias tape. I let Elise pick out a bias tape color. I think orange was a good choice!

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Cut out a bib back by putting the painted bib wrong side up. I used the same fabric as the front. Now if you’re using VELCRO Sew-On fasteners, be sure to attach them now.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Put front and back wrong sides together. Sew bias tape around the bib by following my detailed instructions in my toddler bib tutorial. This is also a good time to check out my post how to sew bias tape around corners to make mitered corners.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Sew it around the entire bib.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Fold it under to encase the raw edges and secure with pins or just use barrettes.

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

Sew around the bias tape close to the edge making sure to catch the back, removing pins along the way. Add iron-on VELCRO brand Fabric Fusion fasteners and blow out the candles!

How to make a DIY 1st birthday bib for first birthdays

See other projects made with Handmade Charlotte stencils:


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Angela Jackson

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

I like your tutorial of the bib. I was wondering if this bib just a one time use? Just for the party?

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Lucas

Thursday 17th of October 2013

What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how concerning unpredicted emotions.

Lisa

Friday 20th of September 2013

This is amazing. I'm going to try it with some fabric left over.

Ann Martin

Saturday 18th of May 2013

Adorable baby! Adorable bib!

Dawn

Wednesday 1st of May 2013

So cute! I love that you made the "i" a number one candle-very creative! My daughter Quinn just turned one last month and had she been a boy, she would've been a Liam. Such a great name! :)

Kathy Beymer

Thursday 2nd of May 2013

Thanks, Dawn! Quinn is actually one of my favorite girl names.

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