Free Baby Bib Sewing Tutorial

I thought I would share a special tutorial for the best handmade baby bibs out there (just sayin’). These bibs are a top seller in my handmade Etsy shop and make a great new baby gift. For one, they’re a great size – not too big or too small. They have snaps which babies can’t yank off, and gives you a few neck size options. Finally, they’re made with cotton and a thick terry cloth backing which makes them soft and soaks up mess. Find these cute prints here in my fabric shop tab right here and the super awesome waffled cotton terry cloth here.

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Of course you can use different materials, and even add a layer in the middle of waterproof PUL for extra protection. Instead of terry cloth backing you can use two layers of flannel for a thinner but more flexible bib or minky for a super soft bib. Although, I would definitely recommend to stick with 100% cotton materials at least for the front which is best for baby’s skin and will soak up spills the best.

Find some fun cotton prints to make adorable bibs! Click the pictures to my fabric shop.

What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of quilter’s cotton, which you can find here.

1 Fat quarter of your backing material of choice. (My favorite is this waffle terry available here. It is very soft, and the loops are inside which makes it safety compliant)

Snaps or Velcro  (If you have snaps and snap pliers-awesome, if not you can use velcro, but I prefer snaps)

Printable Pattern – DOWNLOAD HERE Baby Bib Pattern (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and tape together)

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

Scissors, Pins, Iron, Pinking shears

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Step One, Cut out our materials. Fold the fabric in half, line the pattern up to the fold, pin and cut. (The fabric is here is pictured folded in half)

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Pin your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in. Leave about a 2-3 inch gap on one side of the point to turn the bib inside out. Sew around the bib, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the opening. Trim with pinking sheers.

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Free Baby Bib Sewing Pattern | Baby Bib Pattern | Sewing Pattern Bib | Busy Bee Fabric Co | Sewing for Babies | Easy Sewing Project

Turn the bandana bib inside out and use a dull pencil tip or stick to push out the corners and ends. Iron it flat, making sure to fold in the opening flap where you turned it around.

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Now we will top stitch to close the opening and to give it a professional, crisp look. Change your stitch length to 3 for topstitching.

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We will be adding the snaps now. If you are using velcro, pin down 1 inch strips of velcro on the ends. Make sure to sew to opposite sides so it matches when you overlap the back to close it.
For the snaps you will need your snap pliers, and this sharp point stick to make your hole. I also made a template from cardboard, so my snaps are evenly placed on both ends. (Pliers kit and snaps)

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Free Baby Bib Sewing Pattern | Baby Bib Pattern | Sewing Pattern Bib | Busy Bee Fabric Co | Sewing for Babies | Easy Sewing Project

Insert the cap into the remade hole on the outer side of the fabric. Insert the other half on the other side. It doesn’t matter if you use a socket or stud, as long as you keep it consistent if you will be using more than one snap on each end of the bandana bib. I like to put sockets on this side. Take your pliers, with the cap at the bottom, flat side down, and squeeze. Repeat for the other hold on this side (if adding snaps for adjusting).

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Free Baby Bib Sewing Pattern | Baby Bib Pattern | Sewing Pattern Bib | Busy Bee Fabric Co | Sewing for Babies | Easy Sewing Project

Repeat on the other side, but make sure to insert your cap from the inside, and use the opposite (stud or socket) from your other side.

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Check that your snaps click and open easily, and use the pliers again on any that need fixing. Then you are done! Congratulations!!

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One thing I do want to note. If you plan to sell these, you can not use flannel or a loop cotton terry (facing out) because it will not be CPSC compliant.

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Cotton Spring Baby Bibs!

I am so ready for it to warm up here! We got teased in February with a few warm days, and now there’s snow on the ground again. At least I had a few days stuck inside to get some spring baby bibs done for my Etsy shop, Milk & Bones.
So if you’re wondering, Milk & Bones is my baby, children, and dog accessory brand. You can read more about how that got started in the about me section.

                

I love my bibs! I know… you’re thinking who does this girl think she is? But I stand by my product 100%. I have experimented with many kinds of backing and sizing to make the best bibs. What I have come up with is a durable bib featuring adorable, fun and unique prints that will work from a little one’s first bites through toddler years. I love the hunt to find the fabrics, probably my favorite part, aside from sending out finished products. The backing to my bibs is a surprisingly soft and thick waffled-terry cloth. I was so excited to find this on fabric.com, because the only other place I knew to order from was Germany, and wow, shipping would be expensive.

As a new mom, I wasn’t really sure when I started making these bibs how long we’d still be using them. Well, Riley is now 18 months and we are still using these. There are meals that are not as messy and we may skip, but spaghetti night, we are for sure using one. Even at 18 months old, it still covers most of her shirt, and with the snaps, I’m able to adjust the neck to fit her and she can’t pull them off. I checked with my mama friends, and we’re not the only ones still using bibs through the toddler years. I have some store bibs left in the cabinet that just do not fit her at all anymore, and cover only a few inches of her clothes. Not helpful at all! The bibs I made for Riley before she was even born are still holding up well and strong.

    

I didn’t have any new styles to add for boys this time round, sorry boy mamas,  but I have a few more summer prints for boys I’ll be releasing next round! So stay tuned.

 

You can check out the bibs I have for sale at my etsy shop here. They’ll be available in my shop tab soon.

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