Sewing for babies is the best thing ever. This reversible baby bib is a fun and quick little project that is great for even a beginner seamstress. You can apply snaps or Velcro and it has an optional food pocket.
You can use two different contrasting fabrics, or use the same fabric for both sides. The baby bib can be made with several types of fabric: flannel, terry cloth, quilting cotton, sturdy knit fabrics, or laminate cloth.
These make the best baby gifts! Combine a few bibs with some burp cloths, a mitered corner baby blanket, and a bottle of yummy smelling baby lotion and you’ve got an adorable baby gift, a gift that is made from the heart.
Be sure to check out my other baby tutorials.
Baby Bib Materials and Items Needed
- FABRIC (flannel, terry cloth, quilting cotton, knit, or PULL laminate cloth) approximately ½ yard/49 cm
- PDF Pattern
- Sewing machine
- Snaps (3 sets)
- Fabric Clips/Pins
- Turning stick
- Label/tag (optional)
Baby Bib Fabric Choices & Requirements
Bibs can be made using several types of fabrics; flannel, terry cloth, quilting cotton, knit, and Pull laminate finished cloth (used for diapers).
You can make the baby bib reversible and you can use two different prints or colors.
Baby Bib Pattern Assembly
Due to the large size of the pattern, you will need to assemble the pattern first.
Simply fold or cut the dotted line on pattern piece 2 and place it on top of and on the dotted line on piece 1 where indicated.
Tape in place and cut out the chosen size.
There is a size for infants, toddlers, children, or a small teething bib.
*YOU CAN MAKE THE PATTERN SMALLER OR LARGER. I give you specific instructions in the video on how to easily do that.
Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise with selvage edges (the finished edge of fabric) parallel to the fold.
Place the pattern piece so the grain arrow is parallel to the selvage edge.
Cut out 2 bibs on the fold. You can double fold and cut all 4 pieces at once if you are using the same fabric for the front and back.
FOOD POCKET (optional)
Cut out a piece of fabric approximately 8 x 12 inches. Fold the fabric in half crosswise and then fold in half again lengthwise.
Place the food pocket pattern along folds where indicated. Cut out one.
Sewing Baby Bib
If applying a FOOD POCKET, fold the pocket fabric piece in half lengthwise.
* Adding a tag along the pocket top is a cute addition, but optional. Or you can add a tag in the seam somewhere.
Place the folded pocket on top of one of the bib pieces right side facing up. Align the edges and clip in place.
Baste in place using a ½ seam allowance and a long basting stitch. Do not backstitch.
Place the other bib piece right side facing down on top of the other bib piece. Line up edges and clip or pin in place.
You will be leaving about 4 inches unsewn on one of the sides of the bib. (This will allow you to turn the bib inside out).
Starting on one side, sew all the way around using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
Clip outer curves with V notches and inner curves with little slits.
Using a turning stick, poke out the curves and edges.
REMOVE BASTING STITCHES FROM FOOD POCKET
Close the opening you left open by folding the edges in to match seam allowance. Press and clip in place.
Topstitch all the way around using a 1/8 – ¼ inch seam allowance.
Baby Bib Snap Application
You can use KAM snaps, which is what I prefer and use. Or you can use sew-in snaps or even Velcro.
Place the pattern on top of the bib, lining up curves. (Notice: you will be placing two snaps on one side of the bib and only one on the other. This will allow you to adjust the neck size).
Using the awl, that comes with the snap kit, poke the holes where indicated to mark the snap points.
Follow product instructions for the snap or Velcro application.
Here are some other baby projects you may be interested in:
DIY MITERING CORNER BABY BLANKETS
Have fun sewing!