Quick and Easy Baby Bib

30 Minute Baby Bib

Bibs are an all-time handy must-have for every baby. And handmade bibs are a perfect baby shower gift. This is an easy baby bib that is simple to make, with no fancy applique or stitching. But it is still cute because of the printed fabric! And, they areΒ  reversible with the chenille side being extra-absorbent! If you want, you can use terrycloth instead of chenille for the backside of your easy baby bib. Your local fabric shop should have terrycloth you can use… but if they don’t, you can buy a towel. You’ll get several easy baby bibs out of a single towel.

Supplies for 30 Minute Easy Baby Bib:

2 fabrics (I used a cotton print and a chenille)
freezer paper
marker or pen
a couple pins
your iron and sewing machine
Snaps and snap tool (if you want to use velcro, check out the 30 Minute velcro bib)

Print out the bib template that you can download here, and trace it on freezer paper. Cut out on the traced line and iron the template onto the wrong side (back) of the cotton fabric. The paper side of the freezer paper is easy to write or draw on, and the plastic side irons easily onto the fabric (and removes easily later).
Next, put the cotton fabric onto the chenille, with the right sides together (the print side and the fuzzy side towards the middle). Pin the bib template in place through both layers of fabric. Stitch around, right next to the line. If you are careful and stay right next to the line, you can re-use the stencil on another bib. Don’t stitch along the side between the two little marks so that you have a hole for turning.
Pull 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). Cut close to the stitching, but not so close that you risk cutting the stitches you just made. 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 you 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 you left for this purpose. If you have a turning tool or some long pointy object (but not too pointy!), use it to help poke out the curves and corners, and to turn the strap.
Once you have the whole bib turned right-side out, tuck in the fabric at the turning hole, and press everything down with an iron.
Once pressed, bring it back to the sewing machine and top-stitch 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 love 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. However, if you really want to know how to make the bib with velcro, you’ll want to check out How to make a velcro 30-minute bib.
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? You can whip up an easy baby bib or two on the morning of a baby shower, and still have time to do hair and makeup before you go!

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  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?! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜‰
      Glad I could help!

  15. Rob O'Neill says:

    This is really amazing! I am so impressed on how you have done this. It looks so simple to make. This type of bibs are so cute and perfect for a baby shower gift. Great Job!

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