Bib Tutorial

As promised ... here is a free tutorial for this baby bib. Make as many as you like, but please don't sell bibs made with this pattern! Thanks.

Note: To print the template in the correct size, right click on the image and save to your computer, then open to print as an 8 1/2 x 11 inch image. If you print from your internet browser, the template will be resized to smaller dimensions.

1. Cut out two pieces of fabric to the above dimensions. I like to use terrycloth for the back so the bib can double as a washcloth after dinner.

2. I added a strip of bias tape to the front for decoration, mainly to cover a flaw in the fabric. If you want to add any kind of decoration, appliqué or embroidery, now is probably the time to do it.

p.s. bias tape makers are awesome!!

3. Pin the RIGHT sides together. Top stitch around all the edges using a 1/4 inch seam, leaving about 1 1/2 to 2 inches open at the bottom of the bib (for turning). See below.

4. Trim the edges, especially in the small round corners. Pinking shears work well for this if you have them.

5. Turn the bib right side out and top stitch around all the edges again, using a 1/4 inch seam. This will give a nice finish to the seam and will close the opening at the bottom.

5. I use velcro for the closure. You can also use snaps or ties, although if you are sewing ties into the end, you will need to add them in step 3. The button on this bib is merely for decoration. I added it to cover up the poor sewing job I did attaching the velcro. :)


Enjoy!! This is a fast, easy project - great for beginning sewers.

34 comments:

Trina said...

Ah ha! And this whole time I thought that button was a snap! I almost bought some yesterday but was waiting until you posted your tutorial. Now I am glad I waited! I already have some velcro!

I finished 4 burp cloths this weekend and they look cute. However flannel is harder to sew on than I thought. It kept shifting around! But they just be used for spit up so they don't have to be perfect right?

Thanks Jill!!

Tinner said...

I just love your blog. I am beccoming a huge fan of your crafts. Im a scrapbooker, but want to get into sewing, since I have 2 little ones, a new niece and more to come! Thank you for posting tutorials and pictures. And thank you for sharing your creativity!

Malone! said...

it does look easy! Thanks for sharing your skills- I am all thumbs with a needle & thread, but this is worth trying for my 3mo old nephew.
have a great day!

Cassidy Jayne said...

I love that fabric...!

mau said...

Have been waiting for this. Thanks,it really looks easy. Think my son and daughter-in-law will like these bibs. Love your blog, have put you on my favorites for everyone to share. Thanks again.

mau said...

Will you be doing a tutorial on the sock animals also?? Would like to know.

Heather said...

I have just stumbled upon your blog and love it! I'm adding it to my favs. I just got a new sewing machine that does tons of things, including embroidery (which to me is easier than sewing), but I'm determined to learn to sew more! Thanks for the ideas and instructions :-)

Defensive Boy 67 said...

That's really cool, by the way, it would be great if you could go and check out my blog at www.defensiveboy67.blogspot.com

CChristianmomma said...

Cool blog. You should sell those sock puppets they rock! I'll feature them when i do an article on handmade toys! As far as bibs go, it's cute. You can use thin vinyl as an inner liner for you bib to make it waterproof for the messier and bigger babies. Just don't put it in the Dryer!
www.mommasassy.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

I'm so glad that blogger is featuring your blog-- you've got some great ideas on here and some things that I think I actually might be able to make! Thanks!

Marcee said...

Hey Jill,
What kind of fabric did you use for the top of the bib? Is it just cotton?

I'm a lurker by the way, I love your blog. I'm a friend of Holly's in Austin, the one who's husband is applying to law school in New York.

There are 20 pregnant women in my ward right now, so I'm going to try this pattern and the burp cloths next. Thanks for being awesome AND blogging about it!

Anonymous said...

IRON-ON VELCRO IS THE BEST!!

Just another idea to avoid sewing...LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill,

Thank you for the tutorials. I made bibs, burp cloths and the fabric shoes!! I am so pleased that I did this...never thought I could sew but with your help, I am getting excited about sewing.

Natalie said...

My friend just sent me the link to your blog. I am so excited to make burp rags and bibs... I went and bought lots of fabric today. I love your blog!

Lydia said...

thanks so much for posting this. i'm 18 weeks pregnant and decided today that i need to learn how to sow! i'm starting with a bib,...since i know it shouldn't be too hard. :) I love all of your pictures for examples! it helps so much!! thank you, thank you! :)

Natasha said...

Great tutorial! Thank you so much, I really love your blog and have totally been stalking it looking for ideas of crafts to make for my baby girl. The bibs came out pretty good considering I'm a newbie sewer but for some reason every one got a little wonky when I put the last top stitch in, maybe I'm not lining something up correctly?? I put pics on my blog here http://samstermommy.blogspot.com/2009/01/snow-day.html

Can't wait for the next tutorial! Thanks for giving me fun crafts to do (:

Louisiana Momma said...

wow your stuff is so cute.. and perfect for a new niece or nephew of mine that is on the way.. I have bookmarked your site for repeat visits :-)

Courtney from Louisiana

Anonymous said...

hi jill.
thank you so much! im going to make at least one bib (i will see how i do).
i am 16 and i live in australi. my sister is due to have a baby in just 7 days! i am extremely excited, i will be an aunty for the first time! we are all about 95% sure its a boy. i have been wanting to make somthing for the baby but thought that i wouldnt be able to. so i searched google looking for a website on how to make a bib... and i found the perfect site! your site! i am verry glad you put pictures up or i would not bother trying.
so, as i said, thank you.

keep up the good work! ;)

Anonymous said...

great post

nualan said...

I just love your blog!!
Can i post your tutorial in my blog...?
Please, have a look on it!
Kisses!

Jill said...

nualan -
please do not post my entire tutorial on your blog. You can post a photo and link back to my tutorial though. Thanks!
Jill

Katrina said...

thank you for the pattern! I'm making some later this week... :)

Pamela Kirk said...

Found your blog today and linked to this post. I have a baby bib pattern too and if I do say so myself it is pretty adorable.

Brianna said...

Wow that is so cute...

thinkshink said...

I love this blog. I made bibs for my niece when she was born but could not figure out how to sew the velcro on. It kept jamming in the machine...alas, she never got her bibs. Any tips would help as I am forever the Aunt, and have literally 10 friends due next year.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

cjblevins said...

I love the blog.. 7 weeks left in mine and one of my great friends pregnancy.. so needless to say I'm getting to work on some of your great ideas. I'm so excited to have found you.. I hope my procrastination doesn't get the best of me.. I'm really looking forward to trying out some really great projects over the next couple of days.. Thanks!!

Tiffanie Marie said...

Hi Jill! I just recently found your blog and LOVE it. I am making these baby bibs for 25 orphaned infants in Rwanda and am so excited about it. I recently just got home from a missions trip to Rwanda and Ethiopia and love to use my passion for creating things for a good cause. I have had some fabric donated to me and can't wait to start! Your tutorial has been a wonder to me. Thank you so much!

http://www.artfire.com/users/auntiechrisquiltfabric said...

I really like this bib!

Bibs said...

Thank you for the tutorials. I made bibs, burp cloths and the fabric shoes!! I am so pleased that I did this...never thought I could sew but with your help, I am getting excited about sewing.
Thanks for post..

baby bibs said...

Your designed baby bibs are very impressive ,as we know babies are messy so parents need baby bibs during food training.

Beth said...

Hi JIll--this is a great tutorial, very straight-forward and encouraging. I'd love to make some bibs, but I can't "right click" and save the pattern. (My Mac can't do that.) Would it be possible for you to email me a template? I would really appreciate it, although I completely understand if you're not able to.

Thanks again for sharing your tutorial with us.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Babasling said...

When choosing closures, many parents prefer snaps. A row of snaps allows you to adjust the neckline to the perfect circumference. Snaps also close securely to keep the bib in place.

bibs online said...

Baby Bibs is soft for baby to touch and comfortable to wear.

Kids on Abington said...

Amazing tutorial. I love the fabric you have used on the bib, the green really stands out. Thank you.