* 2-1/4" bias cut strips of fabric, 38" long ~ OR (if you don't want to make your own) ~ packages of 1/2" wide double fold bias tape, available at most fabric stores.
* Scissors, Pins, Iron
* Sewing Machine
Packaged Bias Tape is absolutely the easiest way to go, as all the work is done for you. If you want a little variety in your ties, Bias Strips are extremely easy to make on your own - the longest time you will spend on them will be ironing. "Bias Cut" means at a 45 degree angle across the face of your fabric (great little explanation HERE) - this allows for "give" around curves. If you have cut your own strips (2-1/4" x 38"), fold them in half lengthwise (so they are now 1-1/8" x 38"), and iron a crease along the fold (this will run down the center of your strip). Open the strip out and fold one raw (long side, still) edge in to the fold line, and iron that (you will now have two creases running along your long edge - one down the center, and another halfway between the center and one side).
Fold your remaining long raw edge in towards the center crease, but leave almost a 1/4" gap (we are going to make one side of your folded tape wider, so as to make sure your stitches catch it from underneath - packaged Bias Tape is made this same way). Iron this side down as well, and then fold your strip together along the center crease again, (your folded edges will now sit atop one another, with one jutting out just a bit, under the other)...
like this. Do this for all your strips.
Cut yourself a 4" diameter circle (don't use your good fabric scissors...get the paper scissors out). Fold this in half - it's now 4" across the fold, and 2" from the fold to the bottom of the circle. Fold this once again, and you have a 2" X 2" wedge.
Determine the top/neck edge of your bib, and fold the washcloth in half, lengthwise (you will be cutting the neck hole). Pin your wedge pattern along the fold of your washcloth, and cut out.
Finding the centers of your bib AND bias strip, and with the WIDER edge UNDER the neck edge, insert the bib into the folded bias tape (clear to the center crease) and pin in place. I pin around the neck edge, but leave the ends free from pins - if you need to pin the entire edge, go for it! Make sure you catch the back side of your bias tape while you are pinning. Check this as you go along - you want to have enough "overhang" to catch with your pins, so that you know you will be catching it with your bobbin thread when you are sewing.
What the back side of your bib should look like - see how there is a little more below the pins than on the top...this way your machine has enough material to ensure that you get both sides stitched in one pass.
You've got two options for finishing off the tie ends - I took the easy route on these. I sewed across my starting end at an angle, then down the strip along the folded edges (your wider folded edge will just be peeking out as you sew, and that's what you want - you can see how you are catching both sides as you go). Continue sewing around the neck edge, removing pins as you come to them. Sew the remaining length of the tie, pivot at the end and sew another angled end to match your starting one. You will trim close to the stitching on each angled end, and Fray Check them. There really is no ravelling of the ends, since they are stitched across - the Fray Check is just something I like to do.
~ OR ~
For a totally finished end, open out each short end, fold ends inside your strip, refold and iron. Stitch across your squared off end, along the entire tie, and back across the opposite tie end. Either way you do these, they are going to be fabulous. Hint - take the easy way out. They will look just as great and save you the frustration of sewing over extra folds of fabric and chancing skipped stitches at the ends.
Favorite bibs EVER - I never worried about ruining these because they were SO washer friendly (they're also big enough to cover LOTS of area). Fast cleanup of "messy parts" (not to mention the highchair tray, and/or floor...obviously clean your little one before the floor) - rinse and toss in the wash. FAVORITE!
Bon appetite, Baby!