Quick and Easy Baby Bibs

30 Minute Baby Bib

I’m still trying to get some handmade gifts done for Baby K. I was so busy planning the baby shower that I had no time to make a gift! And to be honest, I wasn’t able to get inspired. She’s now 2 months old, and I’m playing catch up. Bibs are an all-time handy must-have for every baby. These are simple, with no fancy applique or stitching, yet cute because of the printed fabric. And, they areĀ  reversible with the chenille side being extra absorbent!

You’ll need 2 fabrics, I used a cotton print and a chenille. You could substitute another fabric for the chenille – these would look cute with denim, terrycloth, corduroy… really just about anything! Using a more heavy-duty fabric on one side will help the bibs keep their shape through washing. You’ll also need freezer paper, a marker or pen, a couple pins, your iron and sewing machine.

I started by printing out the bib template that you can download here, and tracing it on freezer paper. I cut out on the traced line and ironed the template onto the wrong side (back) of the cotton fabric. Freezer paper is amazing stuff – I could draw on the paper side, and the plastic side irons onto my fabric, and pulls off without damaging it.
Next I put the cotton fabric onto the chenille, with the right sides together (the print side and the fuzzy side towards the middle) I pinned the bib template in place through both layers of fabric, then stitched around, right next to the line. If I was careful to stay right next to the line and didn’t stitch into the freezer paper, I was able to re-use the stencil on another bib. I left the left side open between the two little marks so that I’d have a hole for turning.
I pulled off the freezer paper, and cut around the bib with pinking shears (that’s the “official name” for the sewing scissors that cut a zig-zag). I wanted to cut close to the stitching, but not so close that I risked cutting the stitches I just made. I also cut carefully in the gap between the bib and the strap, and cut some extra “room” next to the turning hole to make it easier to tuck it in when stitching it closed.
Using pinking shears instead of regular scissors means that I don’t have to clip the corners before turning it. Yay for time-saving steps!
The next step is to turn the bib right side out through the hole I left for this purpose. I used a turning tool to help me poke out the curves and corners, and to turn the strap.
Once I had the whole bib turned right-side out, I tucked in the fabric at the turning hole, and pressed everything down with an iron.
Once it was pressed, I brought it back to the sewing machine and top-stitched close to the edge. This gives the bib a nice finished look, and closes the turning hole at the same time.
All stitched together, the bib looks like this:
The last step is to add a fastener for the bib strap. I used this little tool to attach snaps. I know a lot of bibs nowadays use velcro, but with a double-sided bib, I didn’t want the scratchy side of the velcro face the baby’s skin. Also, velcro can get stuck on other things in the washing machine. Plus, these snaps are super-easy to put in. Just have a hammer handy, and follow the directions on the package.
EDITED TO ADD: I’ve had lots of people e-mail me to ask about the snap setting tool. I love this tool, and actually own two (I misplaced the first one, and ended up buying a second one when I was whipping up some bibs and couldn’t find the tool). Here is an Amazon affiliate link that you can use to buy it, or just get more details: Dritz Snap Fastener Attacher Kit – “Easy Attacher”

Who knew that making a bib could be this easy? If I would’ve known, maybe I would have had them done in time for the baby shower!

Until next time,

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Comments

  1. I love it when you post baby's stuff! I get tons of ideas of things to do for my little baby!!!

  2. Cute. I never thought of making my own bibs when my girl was a baby. So easy and quick. Why didn't I think of that?! :) These would make great baby shower gifts!

  3. Super cute….loving the cupcake print. I need to get an apron in cupcake print.

  4. These are very sweet… nice!

  5. adorable Baby Bibs, looks cute, thanks for sharing your nice blog, its very helpful, im planning to make 3 or 4, gift for baby shower of my sister.. really nice idea, thanks for the tutorial….

  6. I Love it, thanks for sharing

  7. I have a question. Can you explain to me the purpose of using the freezer paper rather than just tracing the template onto the back of the fabric and just cutting it with scissors directly?

    I don’t have freezer paper and don’t know if this is a necessary step.

    These bibs look so cute.

  8. Also, I have considered getting a snap tool myself. Do you recommend yours? Do you mind sharing where you got it?

  9. Brooke M – great questions!
    I like freezer paper because it irons on to the fabric to stay put a little better. You can make a template out of regular paper, and just pin it really well. With this project, I cut after sewing for a couple reasons.
    First, there are a lot of curves in this bib. When sewing around those curves, the fabric can shift. It can shift so much that you’re not sewing through both layers of fabric if you already cut it out!
    Second, when you have curves like this, you need to clip your seam allowance in the curved areas so that you don’t get bulky areas or puckers. Cutting with pinking shears is double-duty. It both cuts out your bib and clips the corners at the same time – making it a great time-saver!
    Yes, I love this little snap tool. It is inexpensive and easy to use. Great for beginning sewers, but handy for experienced sewers who don’t want to invest in a heavy-duty snap maker.

  10. Pip Murphy says:

    I stumbled across this today whilst looking for home made gifts for a friend who is 6 months pregnant. I have to say, it was super simple to make and my finished one (so far) looks so cute! I found some cute fabric but I ended up buying a cheap white towel and using that for the back. I can’t wait to try some more of your 30 minute ideas!

    NB – I’m not sure what the Australian equivalent to US freezer paper is but I cut the pattern out of baking paper, pinned it through both layers of fabric and then sewed just outside the edge of it. Worked a treat!

  11. Thanks for this template – I’ve tried making a bib based on one we had, but didn’t make the band long enough so it’s too tight! I’ll try another with this template (and edit the first one to make it fit).

  12. Can you tell me the name of that little snap tool please?

  13. My mother printed out this pattern today and made my daughter’s baby girl about a dozen bibs to leave at my house. She was so excited about how easy it made the process. She already had the snap tool so she flew right through making some adorable bibs! Thanks for the info!

  14. Now that is genius to cut further out at the opening! Why didn’t I think of that sooner! I always have such a hard time tucking in my edges when I am doing a seam like that – thanks for the idea!

    • I’ve been sewing since I was 6, and I think I figured this out at about age 30? But, better late than never, right? ;)
      Glad I could help!

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