Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Quibs" (quick bibs)

As a mother of three, my "just-in-case" kids supplies can quickly over take my diaper bag. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the idea of being prepared, but I love the concept of packing light. This next project achieves both of these ideals: Packing light and being prepared.


Supplies needed:
10 in. of 1/4 inch ribbon (longer piece for older children)

2 small binder clips


Low-temp glue gun

Lighter or a match

Felt scraps (optional)

Small buttons (optional)


Using the lighter, lightly melt the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying. (Sorry, no pics here. It is too hard to use fire and take pictures at the same time!)
*This step is optional and can be changed to suit your liking. I try to coordinate the embellishment to match the ribbon.*

Using the scissors, cut out small felt flowers. Sew the buttons on to each button.
(you may also glue them on, but I prefer the "hand-stitched" look.)

Now, wrap one end of the ribbon through the loop on the binder clip. Using the hot glue gun, secure the ribbon around the clip. Press firmly to seal. Repeat on other end, taking care to not to twist the ribbon.

Next, glue the flowers on to the ribbon, just above the clip.

That's it! Quick and easy. Stash these in your purse or diaper bag to have on hand. Simply clip on a napkin or paper towel and you are ready to go!
Photo of finished clip.

Variations to clips. The one on the left is for a boy. Feel free to email any photos of your own creations. Good luck!

*Disclaimer: These clips are not intended for newborn babies. Only use these with a child who can sit unassisted. Never leave baby alone with the clip, as it can become a choking hazard.*

SHOPPING TIPS: I purchased the binder clips in a 12 pack at our local dollar store on their "$.88 Tuesday" sale. The ribbon was purchased at Joann Fabrics for $1 per roll (4ft. per roll.) I had the buttons and felt lying around in the craft drawer. Watch sales for ribbon for the BEST pricing. My total cost per clip: $.35/each. ($.15 per set of clips and $.20 for ribbon)


  1. What a great idea! I will definitely be making some of these! Especially since I often forget to back a bib! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica~Who would have ever thought to make a bib this reminds me of a dentist office, but they are so cute, easy, cheap, and portable. *If some people want something more absorbant they can always clip a burp cloth instead of a napkin*

  3. That is so darling! You are truly so talented. Thanks for the idea and for your blog to look at.