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Design Ideas to embellish  Baby Bibs

Instructions kindly shared by Faye Waller


This is such a fun way to use the appliqué animals, especially the sheep which will be the focus of this Blog.  The bib is done completely in the hoop and will require two hoopings. For purpose of the Blog I used adhesive stabilizer, however I have also used cut away stabilizer and basting spray with equal success.  The process is the same for both.  I used the 5x7 applique, but choose yours according to the bib size you have.



  • Cutaway stabilizer (or adhesive stabilizer)
  • Water Soluble Stabilizer
  • Water Soluble Topping
  • Pellon (for body only)
  • Plain bib
  • Towelling Fabric in two colours
  • Scraps of fabric for feet
  • Backing fabric—flannel is ideal 

 Materials for Bib

  • Before starting on the bib complete the body of the sheep (1SHEEP) as per Heather’s instructions.  
  • Use File named BONUSBIB(hoopsize) for the Sheep Head
  • Pellon is not used on the bib as the towelling is sufficiently thick.


STEP ONE - Preparation

  • Hoop Your stabilizer with the PAPER side up 
  • Stitch the outline of the sheep – Color 1
  • Remove hoop and carefully tear away the paper from INSIDE of the  stitching line to expose the sticky surface
  • Place the hoop on a flat surface
  • Take your bib and fold in half to find the centre line
  • Carefully align the centre of the bib with the centre markings on the hoop Press down firmly. Unfold bib and press the other side down firmly

If you are using cut away stabilizer and basting spray the steps are essentially the same.

Hoop Stabiliser and Bib

STEP TWO - Stitching

  • Place the hoop back into the machine and continue to stitch the design   
  • Color 2 attaches the Bib, and stitches fabric guideline
  • Color 3 attaches Face fabric
  • Color 4 attaches Fleece Fabric
  • Float Water Soluble Topping over the design and stitch out the facial features 
  • Color 5 White of eyes
  • Color 6 Black Eyes and Nose

 Embroid Sheep Face

STEP THREE - Adding the backing 

  • Place your backing fabric under the hoop either taping it in place or floating it
  • Stitch Color 7 which stitches the outline which will attach the backing fabric
  • Remove hoop from machine and trim the top and backing fabrics.  Leave the topping on at this stage as it will help give definition to the satin stitch
  • Stitch Color 8 which completes the zigzag

STEP FOUR - Attaching the body

  • Continue with the steps as per the design, attaching the body to the head Color 9 joins the Body to the head
  • At this point ensure that the bottom of the bib is lying flat and won’t get caught up in the stitching
  • Continue stitching Color 10 Face Satin Stitch and Color 11 Fleece Satin Stitch
  • Remove from hoop and trim stabilizers 
  • Design is now complete.  Gorgeous!!

Front and back of bib


If you are going to make more than one bib, I suggest that you leave the bib in the hoop and carefully cut the head out from the stabilizer.  You will then have a perfect template for the next one.

Sheep Bibs

Faye used the Large Sheep design from our Large Farm Animal Collection 

You could use just about any of our Large Animal Designs

Susanne has used the head only for her cute Bibs

 sheep bib

Large Farm Animal Set

 Dog Bib

Large Farm Animal Collection

 Monkey Bib

Jungle Collection

 panda Bib

Jungle Collection

Download Printable version (PDF) 

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