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Ruffle Bib Tutorial

Given that we have 2 boys we don’t see many ruffles around here.  Pretty much the only ruffles in our house are made from potatoes and come in a bag.

But I like ruffles.  Ruffles are pretty and girly and look especially cute on a baby.  So I decided to make a ruffle bib.  I may not have girls but that doesn’t stop me from making girly gifts for others.

ruffle bib

Here’s my take on how to make a bib full of ruffles-

You will need:

  • Bib pattern UPDATE: I’ve made a new bib pattern!  I fattened the straps up a little bit which makes it easier to turn in step 10.  You can use this old one or try the new one here.  The tutorial process is the same as the one listed below, just print and use this new pattern.
  • 1 piece of fabric that measures about 8.5 inches by 11 inches for the front of the bib
  • 1 piece of terry cloth that measures about 8.5 inches by 11 inches for the back of the bib
  • 3 pieces of fabric to make the ruffles that measure 3 inches by 16 inches each

Here’s how you make a ruffle bib:

Step 1: Print out the bib pattern.  {Or the NEW BIB PATTERN}  Make sure that your printer settings are set to print it correctly.  The bib pattern should take up most of the page.  I give you this warning because I did not take my own advice when I made this bib and I didn’t realize until I had already cut my fabric.

Don’t worry, the measurements are correct for the bib when printed correctly and the steps are the same.  Your bib will be the correct size for a baby unlike my bib which is slightly smaller and will be perfect for my friend’s daughter to use with her dolls.  So moral of the story- make sure your printer settings are correct!

bib patternStep 2: Wash, dry, iron, and cut your fabric.

bib pieces cut out

Step 3: Fold each of the long strips in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together.  Pin.  Adjust your sewing machine to make your stitch length longer.  Sew along the edge with the open ends (not the fold).  I sewed about 1/2 inch from the edge.  DO NOT backstitch when you begin and end.

the fabric pinned

Step 4: Take one of the strings hanging from the end and pull while pushing the fabric strip in the opposite direction.  Keep pulling and pushing until your strip is evenly gathered and about the right length to go across the middle of the bib.  Repeat the gathering process for each strip.

pulling the threads to gather the fabric the gathered fabric

Step 5: Pin the top strip onto the bib with the sewn edge down and the folded edge up.  Sew across the strip, sewing over the seam from when you sewed up the strip.

the fabric sewn down

When you flip the ruffle down and iron it your bib will look like this:

after pressing

Step 6: Flip your top ruffle up so that it’s upside down again.  Pin your second stip just under the top one.  Sew across this strip along the seam just like you did with the first one.

the second row pinned on

Step 7: Repeat step 6 with the third ruffle.

third row pinned onruffles pressed down

Step 8: Take your bib front and place it right side down on the terry cloth.  Pin it into place.

bib front pinned to terrycloth

Step 9: Sew around the edges about 1/4 inch from the edge but don’t sew all the way around!  Stop a few inches short of where you begin so that you can have an opening to turn the bib right side out.  Then trim off the excess fabric.

ruffle bib sewn around edgesStep 10: Turn the bib right side out using the hole you left open.  The turning process really wrinkles the bib a bunch so take a little time and iron it.

bib turned right side out

Step 11: Topstitch around the edges, sewing about 1/4 inch from the edge.  This will close up the hole that you left.  Then add a snap or velcro to make a closure for the bib.

ruffle bib topstitches and snaps addedruffle bib finshedThat’s it!  If you like this bib be sure to check out my basic bib tutorial as well.

So what do you think?  Do you love ruffles or not really?  I always find it interesting to hear people’s thoughts about baby style.  Are you more traditional?  Modern? Preppy?  I’d love to hear your “baby style” preference in the comments.

ruffle bib1 pin

Brenda Jerles

Saturday 23rd of July 2016

Love ruffles and all things girly!


Saturday 23rd of July 2016

I love them too! Nothing cuter than a little baby girl in ruffles!

Kathy E.

Saturday 23rd of July 2016

Cat, I've made a ton of baby bibs, but have never thought of adding ruffles to them! You've opened up a whole new area for me to explore and have fun with! I usually add an applique and embroider the baby's name on mine. Thanks for the idea and tutorial! Beautiful work!


Saturday 23rd of July 2016

I love bibs with appliques on them! I'll have to try that maybe next time I make a baby gift. Thanks for your kind words and sharing your ideas!

Barbara H.

Thursday 14th of July 2016

This bib is adorable! Love it when we get a chance to make a unique, and very sweet baby gift. One you cannot find in the stores. Thank you!


Thursday 14th of July 2016

Thank you for your kind words Barbara!


Thursday 30th of June 2016

So when you print this out, is it on a normal size piece of paper or and 11 x 14 size? Your tutorial is awesome by the way, I love when it's in simple terms!! Thanks for sharing!!


Thursday 30th of June 2016

It should be set to print on a normal 8.5 X 11 piece of paper.


Friday 10th of June 2016

This is super cute!! Almost makes me wish I had a baby just so I could give it a try! Hmmmm. Could be a great shower gift!


Friday 10th of June 2016

Thank you! Yes, I store up all the baby gift ideas for showers now and that's how I get my fix :)

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