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Bib Pattern for Beginners: You Can Make This!

I like to make baby gifts for friends and family member’s new babies. I’ve made a number of bibs over the years. Recently I have tinkered with my original baby bib pattern pdf and I think I’ve found something that I like better. Introducing: The Bigger and Better Bib Pattern!

Make this beautiful baby bib using this free baby bib pattern. #bibpattern
image of the free printable bib pattern

I know, it looks very similar because it is.  The basic shape is the same but I’ve widened it in some areas, including the straps which makes it easier to turn right side out during the process of making it.  And in my book easier is much, much better.

This bib is for younger babies, from newborn to about 4 months old.

You can get the free baby bib pattern pdf by clicking here.

The process for making the bib is the same as in my old tutorial but I’m going to go through it all here again so that you don’t have to click over to that post.  What can I say, I like simple!

You will need:

Video Tutorial

Tutorial

Step 1:

Print out the Bigger & Better bib pattern.  You will either need to print two and tape the two halves together or print one and place it on the fold of your fabric.

When you print it out it should measure just over 10 and 1/4 inches from top to bottom.  If it doesn’t then adjust your printer settings, such as scale or zoom.

measuring the pattern once it's printed to ensure it's 10.5 inches from top to bottom

Step 2:

Cut out the pattern and place it on top of your fabric for the front of your bib.  Remember to place your pattern with the flat side on the fold because this is just half of the pattern.  Cut out the fabric.

the bib pattern laying on top of the fabric
the bib once it is cut out sitting next to the pattern piece
the fabric piece once it is unfolded

Step 3:

Place your front fabric on top of the terrycloth, with the right side down.  Pin the front fabric into place and trim around the edges.

Step 4:

Sew around the outside edge of the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge.  Sew almost all the way around but leave an opening of a couple of inches or so.  Trim any excess material from the edges that you might have left before.

the front fabric piece of the bib laying right side down on top of the terrycloth with lines drawn where you should sew
the two pieces of the baby bib sewn together with writing showing where the opening was left unsewn

Step 5:

Remove the pins and turn the bib right side out, using the opening that you left.  Be sure to get into all the little corners and push everything out so that it will lay nicely.  Iron the bib nice and flat.

turning it right side out

Step 6:

Topstitch around the edge of the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge.

the baby bib once it has been ironed and topstitched along the edges

Step 7:

Attach either velcro or a snap to the straps of the bib for your closure.  I chose to use velcro for this one but I often use snaps as well.

the finished bib showing where the velcro was sewn onto the straps
the completed bib
a hand holding the floral bib

And that’s it!  Now you’ve got a beautiful bib that some mama-to-be is going to love.  I really love making gifts that are personalized to the tastes of the mother-to-be.

Yield: 1 baby bib

Baby Bib Pattern and Tutorial

Baby Bib Pattern and Tutorial

Baby bibs are an easy baby gift to make. Make a bunch using this baby bib pattern and tutorial.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost depends on materials

Materials

  • The Bigger & Better Bib pattern
  • fabric for the front of the bib
  • fabric for the back of the bib (I like to use something absorbent, like terry cloth)
  • thread

Tools

  • sewing machine (unless you want to do it by hand)
  • pins
  • velcro or snaps to close the bib
  • Snap Fastener tool if you elect to use snaps
  • scissors or a rotary cutter and mat

Instructions

  1. Print out the Bigger & Better bib pattern. You will either need to print two and tape the two halves together or print one and place it on the fold of your fabric.When you print it out it should measure just over 10 and 1/4 inches from top to bottom. If it doesn’t then adjust your printer settings.
  2. Cut out the pattern and place it on top of your fabric for the front of your bib. Cut out the fabric.
  3. Place your front fabric on top of the terrycloth, with the right side down. Pin the front fabric into place and trim around the edges.
  4. Sew around the outside edge of the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge. Sew almost all the way around but leave an opening of a couple of inches or so. Trim any excess material from the edges that you might have left before.
  5. Remove the pins and turn the bib right side out, using the opening that you left. Be sure to get into all the little corners and push everything out. Iron the bib nice and flat.
  6. Topstitch around the edge of the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge.
  7. Attach either velcro or a snap to the straps of the bib for your closure. I chose to use velcro for this one but I often use snaps as well.

As with all baby accessories please wear the bibs with care—use only on a child under supervision and never leave one on a sleeping baby.

What do you like to give for new baby gifts?  Let me know in the comments below!

Free printable bib pattern and tutorial.  This tutorial features both a video tutorial and step by step written instructions with pictures to help you make a cute baby bib!

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Lorice Robinson

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Thank you for the pattern

Cat

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

You're welcome!

Cyndy

Friday 10th of March 2017

Thank you so much for this awesome pattern and tutorial! I shared it with my sewing for beginners group!

Cat

Friday 10th of March 2017

You're so welcome! Thanks for sharing!

Ornella Day

Saturday 4th of March 2017

Thanks for this post, pattern downloaded and pinned for later. First grandchild due to make an appearance at the end of April, making other things at the moment - most recent is a changing bag on my "baby stuff" board. To save time, ill probably put the fabrics rs together, draw around the pattern, sew the seam allowance and then cut out, that way I can make a few at a time.

Cat

Saturday 4th of March 2017

Sounds great! Congrats on the grandbaby!

Joy McElroy

Saturday 25th of February 2017

Thank you- this looks great, and I really love the fabric you chose! I like to use horizontal rectangles of velcro on the bibs I make, as you did- it makes them somewhat adjustable for different size babies and as they grow. :) Pinned for future reference. :)

Cat

Saturday 25th of February 2017

You're so right! The thing I love about making bibs is that you can make them adjustable size-wise by placing velcro horizontal like you said or putting snaps in two spots along the strap. Thanks for pinning!

Kelli Lawson

Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Do you know what size this would fit (newborn, 6-9mth)?

Cat

Tuesday 14th of February 2017

So size would depend a little on the size of the child... my boys were big babies. They wore these bibs from about 3 months to about 6 months. You can also adjust the size by adjusting where you place the snap or velcro and you can make it even more versatile by putting snaps or velcro in 2 spots along the strap.

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