There’s nothing cuter than a baby… but babies make messes! With all the drool and spit-up you need some bibs, even for bigger babies. So today I’m sharing my toddler bib pattern with you all. It’s the perfect size for bigger babies and toddlers who might be drooling a lot from teething.
These bibs are make from a fun printed cotton on the front and a soft, absorbent terry cloth fabric on the back. My boys drooled a ton when they were teething and I found it much easier to change their bib than change a shirt/onesie a few times a day when they were really drooling.
Please always supervise your child while he or she is wearing a bib and remove the bib prior to putting the baby to sleep.
These bibs are big and if they are too big for what you are looking for then be sure to check out my regular baby bib pattern.
To make a toddler bib you will need:
- cotton fabric for the front
- terrycloth for the back
- velcro or snaps for the bib closure
- sewing machine and needles (this is the sewing machine I use)
- rotary cutting set (or scissors)
- coordinating thread
- my toddler bib pattern
Step 1: Print out my toddler bib pattern. I put a little 1 inch square on each page so that you can tell if it prints correctly. If you are having trouble then try adjusting your printer settings. Tape the two pages together and then trim off the excess.
Step 2: Wash and dry your fabrics. Iron the cotton fabric for the front. Fold part of your fabric over so that it’s just bigger than the pattern. Lay the pattern down on top of your fabric so that the long, straight part is against the fold. Cut out your fabric.
Step 3: Take your terrycloth fabric and lay it down. Then place your cotton bib front on top of it with the right side down. Pin the bib front in place. Sew around the edges, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge BUT do not go all the way around. Leave an opening of a few inches at the bottom of the bib.
Step 4: Trim the excess terrycloth off from around the sides and inside the neck hole area. This bib has a lot of curves so you are going to want to clip and notch the curves a little. This will help the bib to lay nicely around the curves. So… the thing with clipping is you want to clip areas that are concave like the neckline. Clipping is just cutting little slits in the edge. Be careful not to cut into your stitches!
Step 5: Now notching is when you cut little Vs into the edge. You want to do this on the convex areas of the bib. I also clipped the small areas of the ends of the straps a little more than other areas since it is so crammed in this area. (I trimmed it even more than in the photo below, this just shows you basic notching.
Step 6: Use the hole that you left in the bottom of the bib to turn it inside out, so that you can see the right side of your front fabric. Use something like a dull pencil or a pen with a cap on it, or a corner turner to help you push everything inside out. Then press it with your iron.
Step 7: Topstitch all the way around the bib, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge. This will close up your hole in the bottom. Go slowly if you need to!
Step 8: Last step! You add your closure method for the bib (snaps or velcro). I used sew on velcro. I attached the scratchier half of the velcro to the bib strap that faces up in a small velcro circle and then attached a longer oval to the other strap.
That’s it! Go put that bib on a beautiful baby or wrap it up for a baby shower gift.
Please let me know if you give my toddler bib pattern a try and be sure to check out my other baby gift tutorials!