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My Little Sunshine Blog Hop, Fabric Giveaway, and a Flutter Sleeve Bib Tutorial

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop, Fabric Giveaway, and a Flutter Sleeve Bib Tutorial

I’m so thrilled to be the next stop on the My Little Sunshine Blog Hop! Cherry Guidry has designed these adorable prints that are absolutely perfect for kids. The main print is a super fun with baby carriages, baby clothes, and bright suns. Her collection also has monkeys, lions,  giraffes, and elephants, along with many great coordinates. I adore the elephants most! I love the retro feel and the bright, cheery colors. These are just a handful of the collection.

And the Words coordinates are so sweet.

You can see all the cute prints here on the Benartex website. Cherry created several quilt projects that are available  on the Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio website.

Bailee – quilt pattern by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of Cherry’s My Little Sunshine fabric collection to one of my lucky readers. [The giveaway details are at the end of the sewing tutorial for a Flutter Sleeve Bib in this post.]

When I saw Cherry’s collection, I  was immediately taken back to my time as a younger mom and remembered how much I loved sewing for my babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. (Ask my older two about the jungle dress. It was both their favorite and there were many skirmishes over who could wear it. They still talk about that dress. They would have loved this print!

“Animal Forest White” main print from the My Little Sunshine Collection by Cherry Guidry for Benartex

I also remembered how a bib is truly essential to their outfits when they start teething and drooling non-stop. For my babies, that was about 4-6 months old. I always found this especially hard when they were wearing their church clothes or at special occasions. The bib kept the clothes from getting stained, but most often didn’t really complement the outfit.

Remembering all this made me want to create a DIY Baby Shower Gift Set for a new mom, one that includes a bib pretty enough to wear to church or special occasions.

Wouldn’t it be nice for the bib to act more like a pinafore for a baby girl? This flutter sleeve bib is certain to complement a classic A-line dress. And of course a diaper cover with a ruffle bum is always a fun accessory to a pretty baby-size dress. Don’t you think?

For the dress I used an Ottobre pattern from their summer 2009 issue (3/2009 #5). It’s a classic look, especially since I didn’t add the contrast hem piece. You can read more about the dress in this post.

The bib mimics the look of a pinafore: functional and fashionable.

For the ruffle bum diaper cover, I used a pattern from Ottobre Spring 2003 issue (1/2003 #3B). I created the ruffles quite easily and this could be done to any diaper cover pattern really.

Materials Needed for Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover

  • 1/2 yard main fabric
  • 1/4 yard for each ruffle
  • 1 yard elastic

Cut strips 1 1/2” wide x 30″ long and hem the long edges with very narrow hems. Making rolled hems with a serger would also work.

Sew gathering stitches and gather the ruffles to fit the back piece. Sew the ruffles in place before sewing the diaper cover together.


Flutter Sleeve Bib Pattern and Tutorial

It’s important to prewash the fabric that is intended for baby, especially if it’s to become clothing.

Materials Needed for Flutter Sleeve Bib

  • Fat quarter of main fabric
  • Fat quarter for lining (another coordinating print for a reversible design)
  • Fat quarter for flutter sleeves
  • Hook and loop tape or snaps for closure

Cutting Instructions

1. Download the pattern here and print the pattern pages with no scaling. Make sure the 1 inch square on each page measures 1 inch.

2. Cut out the upper and lower bib pieces and tape them together.

3. Use the patterns to cut out the fabric. Cut around the triangle notches on the upper bib piece or mark them with a fabric marking tool.

Sewing Instructions

All seams are sewn with a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

1. Pin and sew together the sleeve pieces, with right sides together, along the curved edge.

2. Cut notches in the seam allowances of the curved edges. I used pinking shears.

3. Turn the sleeves right side out and press.

4. Sew gathering stitches on the straight edges, sewing through both layers.

5. Pull  the bobbin threads to gather the sleeves to fit the space between the notches on the bib piece.

6. Pin and sew the sleeves to the bib piece, with right sides together and keeping the raw edges even.

7. Pin and sew the bib lining to the bib piece, with right sides together and edges even, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning later. Note: When pinning the neck edge, fold and keep the sleeves out of the seam allowance, so you don’t accidentally sew them into the seam.

8. Trim the seam allowances and clip notches on the curved edges.

9. Reach inside the opening and turn the bib right side out. Use a long corner turning tool or a wooden knitting needle to poke out the ends. Press.

10. Press the raw edges of the opening to the inside and stitch closed. Also topstitch the entire bib.

11. Add closure to the ends, such as hook and loop tape or snaps.

I just love how this came out and how lovely these fabrics look with the simple chambray dress. The bib could also be made to be reversible. Just use 2 prints, instead of a plain white lining.

Here’s baby in her new outfit. She is so expressive and was so curious about me taking her picture.

And now for the giveaway!

Benartex is giving away a fat quarter bundle of the My Little Sunshine collection to one of my readers. This give away is open to US addresses only, so to win the fabric bundle you must live within the US.

Please comment on this post which My Little Sunshine fabrics you love best and what you would make with them if you win. Giveaway ends August 30 at midnight PST.

I will use Random.org to choose a random winner and announced the winner here on this post Thursday, August 31.

Update: The giveaway is now closed-thank you to everyone who entered.

The lucky winner is….Comment #17 Kathy E, who wrote, “All of the fabrics in this collection are adorable, but my favorite is the Sweetheart in White/Turquoise. I make a lot of personalized baby items, so this fabric would work itself into many bibs, burp cloths and play mats! So sweet!”


Be sure to visit the other stops on the My Little Sunshine Blog Hop!

Tuesday: Mary @ Needled Mom
Wednesday: Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt

Thursday: Erin @ Avery Lane Designs

Friday: free patterns @ Sew in Love with Fabric
Monday: Elaine @ Summer Crafter
Tuesday: Annie @ Annie Smith



67 thoughts on “My Little Sunshine Blog Hop, Fabric Giveaway, and a Flutter Sleeve Bib Tutorial”

  • I am extremely fond of elephants, so much so that when I was expecting 30+ years ago my MIL bought EVERY THING that had an elephant on it. So the elephant fabrics are my favorite. I’d love to sew a little dress from the fabric.

  • I love the My Little Monkeys Pink print! I would like to make one of your Flutter Sleeve Bibs for my granddaughter.

  • I love the animal forest in white. I would make some baby “supplies” and a quilt for my new grandson due in October.

  • OMG!!! Could a post be more A D O R A B L E!!!!! I really didn’t look at the elephants until your post. This line is just so wonderful for babies! I have my eye on the Animal Forest blue and I’d use it to make a receiving blanket for my new grandson coming in November. I’m very tempted to get some yardage of the sweetheart white/pink just for my stash….as I LOVE it!! Thank you for the chance to maybe win. 🙂

  • I love all of the fabric, but My Little Duck Light Turquoise and Animal Forest White would be cute for some bibs and diaper covers. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • My favorite is the Animal Forest blue. Thank you for the chance.
    I just adore the outfit you made for the baby. It is as cute as can be. I love sewing things for babies so if I won, I would use these fabrics to make some mommy some very cute baby items.

  • I especially like the elephant prints! I would love to make a baby quilt from these fabrics. Making and gifting baby quilts is one of my favorite things!

  • I love all the prints, but the text prints are my favorite!! Thank you so much for the free pattern and the chance to win this awesome fabric !!

  • Hello Erin………thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I’d have to make that sweet set, especially the ruffle bib….and I have a new mom coming to visit soon.
    Baby boy tho so I could just leave the ruffle off the bib:) Your modelis darling!
    THank you Benartex too!

  • One of my daughter’s school friends is expected her first baby, a boy, in January. Those elephant fabrics are “spot-on” a the new Mommie-to-be works with elephants at the Oakland Zoo.

  • Aren’t these prints adorable and so perfect for baby sewing? I love your cute bib and the sweet ruffles on the baby pants. Of course, the little model is the cutest of them all.

  • What an adorable baby gift!! I love the elephant material, which you used on the bib. That is so cute, I am going to have to make one!!

  • Animal Forest White is sweet and would make a sweet pajamas for a boy. I live the bib with the flutter sleeves too. I would use elephants on that one in the summer along with the “rumba” pants.

  • I like the elephant prints best. I love making quilts for expectant moms, so that is what I would make with the bundle.

  • Making baby things for new lil nephew…looooove ALL these prints..but choosing the My Little Monkey’s in Lime!! because are perfect for his room! 🙂
    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! 😀

    (Love the outfits & bib…and your Adorable lil Model!)

  • I love the sweethearts prints . . . especially the blue one. I’m not sure what I would make. Maybe this bib. It’s adoreable!

  • Collection Assortment (because I like them all) & I would enjoy making baby clothes, doll clothes or mini quilts.

  • My very good friend told me yesterday she is expecting her 18th great grand child. My friend can’t sew anymore so I’d use the bundle to make a quilt for the new baby. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  • Hi Erin,
    These are just so darn cute – especially that baby! My favorite fabric is the giraffes – my niece is expecting any moment but we don’t know if it’s a boy or girl. I would love to make those cute little ruffled pants . . . but I don’t think a boy would enjoy them. Sooooo, I have to wait to see what we get. ~smile~ Roseanne

  • I like the text print and would use it for a border in a baby quilt. And your bib is seriously cute, but I have to say the baby really out-cutes the bib big time!!

  • I love the little ducky fabric in the torquoise color. I have a new niece myself and would love to make some of these. Darling baby things. Your model is so cute, and I especially love the diaper cover! Thanks for sharing the great giveaway.

  • All of the fabrics in this collection are adorable, but my favorite is the Sweetheart in White/Turquoise. I make a lot of personalized baby items, so this fabric would work itself into many bibs, burp cloths and play mats! So sweet!

  • Every fabric in this line are so adorable it really is hard to choose one; but, I will go with Animal Forest Blue. I usually make quilts for new babies and then up to any age after that. LOL. After reading your post though, it brought back memories of what it was like to keep those special outfits looking great for the next go around. Plus, the ruffled diaper cover ups, they were always my favorites. Just so cute and adorable. So if I were to win a bundle of these adorable fabrics, I would have to make quite a few of your bibs and diaper cover ups! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • oh my goodness. how adorable she is. the bib and ruffled bottoms are so sweet. I have a great niece due in January and these would be so fun to make. thanks. I would love to use the fabric with the sun and animals for the bib

  • So sweet! Love the ruffles on the diaper pants! My Little Elephants in Grey is just too cute-I love the bib set-one always can use a baby gift-these would be wonderful & greatly appreciated by all! Thank you, Susan

  • I adore the elephant prints! I’d love to make some “laggy blankets” with them, for our local women’s shelter and Ronald McDonald House.

  • The whole outfit is adorable. I’m ready to get started with this line and the bib is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love the elephants with the grey background. I have never seen a flutter sleeve bib. I love it! Thank you for the tutorial. Your collection is beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • My favorite My Little Sunshine fabrics are Sweetheart pink or turquoise and My Little Duck turquoise. I would spread a little sunshine by making a quilt for a local charity.

  • This new collection by Cherry is absolutely adorable. My favorites are the monkeys and she has great blenders.. Thanks for sharing your tutorials. I remember those teething days. Hopefully I’ll have some grand babies to sew for soon. Thanks for the giveaway, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  • Cute little model!!! Love the text fabrics – would go well in almost every project – the grey wuld make a great lining in zippy pouches!

  • HI, this toddler outfit is so adorable! Love it! My favorite is the little elephants fabric that You used for Baby’s bib! I’d like to make this little outfit for my GrandBaby ! Thanks to You+ Benartex for a great giveaway!

  • Animal Forest in white is my favorite! I would like to make a baby quilt with these fabrics. The diaper cover is so cute!

  • I’m liking Sweetheart white/turquoise. This set is too sweet and adorable!! With new babies in the family on the way…decision made!

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