Making a Baby Bib From Scratch! July 05, 2016 13:24

DIY baby bib: you can save money while having fun and being creative!

My friend just had a baby and after leaving the fourth baby store without finding a good gift, I got frustrated. Spending a lot of money on something that seems to have no use other than to ‘look cute’ makes no sense to me and I started thinking about a DIY project.

‘Well, babies get dirty all the time’, I thought to myself, and came up with the idea of sewing a bib. The perfect gadget to keep your baby clean - at least for a little while.

First, I started searching a pattern online. After a while I gave up, merged two that I found and made some changes to it and then ended up with something like this pattern right here.

It turns out you do not need much material for a bib and you can also upcycle old towels if you have any. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Front fabric (preferably PUL)
  • Back fabric (terry or something soft)
  • Thread
  • Velcro
  • Pins
  • Paper clips
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Ballpoint twin needle & single
  • Sewing machine

I usually have most of these supplies at home. Here’s the material I went out to buy:

Beautiful fabric for making a baby bib!

Step 1: Cut fabric

Using PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) has the advantage of being waterproof and instead of having to wash the bib after each meal, wiping it usually is sufficient. However, No pointy needles should be used with this kind of fabric.  As you can see in the picture below, I just used paper clips and electrical tape. You can certainly use regular tape; I just didn’t have any at home. But like any true engineer I always have electrical tape laying around somewhere.

Fold the fabric (right on right) and clip or tape it together. Place the pattern on the fold and fix it to the fabric. Seam allowances are included so you only need to mark the outlines with chalk.

Prepping fabric for making a bib for babies.

Repeat the same procedure for your back fabric. Note that you can use regular pins here.

Then go ahead and cut along the marked lines.

Cutting up fabric for a baby bib.
  • Step 2: Sew on Velcro
  • Cut two matching pieces of velcro and fix them where you want them to be. This may vary depending on the baby’s neck size and you could also consider adding multiple pieces so the bib can ‘grow’ with the baby. Initially, I tried gluing on the velcro to hold it in place. However, it didn’t really stick together and I ended up using a pin instead.

    Put them on the same side on both fabrics. I.e. if you want them on the left side on your front fabric also put them on the left side of your back fabric. Since the back fabric will be flipped 180 degrees, the velcro will end up on the opposite side.

    Both sides of fabric for crafting a baby bib.

    Go ahead and and sew on the velcro using a relatively small stick length like number 2. I recommend using the following sewing pattern for your velcro:

    Sewing pattern for crafting a homemade baby's bib.

    Using a clever pattern to craft a beautiful homemade baby's bib.

  • Step 3: Sew Back & Front together

    Take the two fabrics and place them with the left side on the outside on each other. Use paper clips to hold them in place and leave a gap of about 15 cm on one side.

    Sewing the back and the front pieces of fabric together to create a baby's bib.

    Start sewing on one end of your gap, along the outside of your bib approximately 1cm from the edges. You can use a longer stitch here. I used a length of 3. Then cut back your seam allowance except for where you left the gap.

    Sewing together a beautiful baby's bib. Takes some skill!

  • Step 4: Sew outside Seam
  • Turn your bib inside out and fold extra seams inside where the gap is. Hold fabric in place using office clips.

    Sewing together the outside seam of a homemade baby's bib.
    Using your twin needle, sew along the edges of your bib. Make sure to have the front fabric on top!
    Twin needle utilized in the making of a baby's bib.
  • Step 5: Enjoy!
  • That’s all; your bib is finished! 

    You can download the patterns here. Have fun!

    A beautiful, homemade baby's bib!



    By Reni Diggelmann