Saturday, November 17, 2012

DIY baby bib

Hi friends! Today, I'm back to show you how to make an adorable baby bib. I've been missing for almost a week because I've been sick. It was not fun, and thankfully my mother-in-law was able to come on zero notice to help out with Audrey. I seriously do not know what I would have done without her...I was in such bad shape! Thanks, mom! I so appreciate you taking nearly a week off from your own life to help me out!

So about this baby's a fairly easy project, and oh-so-cute! Audrey was in need of some new bibs and I just didn't love anything I saw in stores, so I took it upon myself to make my own!

As you'll see, I've chosen girly fabrics and embellishments for mine, since they're for Audrey, of course. If you have a boy, you can choose more boy-appropraite fabrics, and leave the embellishments off...or cut out shapes like boats or airplanes and sew them on the bib like an appliqué. You get the idea...

Now, would you like to follow along and make your own bib? Good! I'm glad you said yes:)

Here's what you'll need: 
(Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the supplies this time around!)

  • Cotton fabric for the front of your bib
  • Chenille or terry fabric for the back of your bib
  • Velcro
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

It's also helpful to have a bib to trace your pattern from, but not totally necessary. You could easily freehand this, but a pre-made bib is just a nice starting point for size and shape, if you have one. 

First, if you're using a pre-made bib as your pattern guide, trace it onto the fabric that you'll use for the front of your bib. Don't forget, you'll have to give a seam allowance of at least 1/4", so don't trace exactly!

I just dotted around the outline of the bib with a Sharpie marker instead of literally tracing a line around it. 

If you don't have a bib to trace from, just freehand this step, making the bib an appropriate size for your baby's age.

Now, cut it out, and snip right through the top of the bib to make it easier to cut out the hole for the neck. 

Repeat the same steps for the fabric that will be the back side of your bib.

Pin your fabric right sides together.

Sew together, including around the neck. Leave one of the ends open...

Trim the excess fabric around the edges, and turn the bib right side out by pulling through the opening.

Once your bib is right side out, tuck in the fabric at the opening.

Topstitch to close the opening.

Now, press the bib. This will help with the next few steps and just make it look tidy. 

Topstitch around the entire perimeter of the bib. You can choose matching or contrasting thread, depending on the look you're going for. The topstitch will make the bib look finished and polished.

Now, for the fun part. The embellishment. For this bib, I made a rosette. Cut a strip of fabric that is 3" wide by 10" long.

Fold it in half, lengthwise, and stitch closed to form a tube. If your fabric has a right side, those sides should be facing inward. If applicable, turn your fabric tube right side out after you've stitched the tube together. 

Press the fabric tube, and bring it back to your sewing machine. Set your machine to its highest tension, and your straight stitch to it's longest setting. Run a straight stitch down the middle of the fabric, without backstitching. This should at least somewhat ruffle your fabric. If it doesn't ruffle enough, pull one of the threads until you get a nice ruffle. 

Now, stitch your ends shut by tucking them inside the tube and topstitching to close (the same way you did for the bib itself).

Place your ruffled fabric onto the bib to form a rosette, and pin it, then stitch it onto the bib.

Now, the last and very simple step! Sew 2 squares of velcro onto the straps of the bib. Snaps would probably be a more durable choice here, but I already had velcro on hand, so I used that.

Congratulations, you're done! Step back and admire the pretty new bib you just made!

Here's another one I made.

I hope you liked this tutorial! Get creative with your own bibs...there really is no limit to what you can create with different fabrics and embellishments. I already have several more in mind that I want to make! 

As of tomorrow afternoon, we will have Andrea and Bryan visiting for a whole week! I am so excited! We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving together, and we have lots of fun things planned, like thrift shopping, and having afternoon tea at an old plantation! It's going to be a great week! I probably won't be posting much, if anything, for the next week, so I hope you understand! But...I'm always sharing snippets of daily life and sometimes even projects on Instagram, so you can always follow along there in the meantime!

Have a great week!


  1. These are so cute, Rachel! Audrey must be a really neat eater though - Kyler has to wear the equivalent of a raincoat whenever he eats most meals! :)

  2. Thanks Tara! I guess she isn't too messy...but I think that's mostly because I have to fight her to eat anything lately! Haha:) You could always make the bib larger if you need to!

  3. Nice tutorial and can I just say that you have a great eye for design. One thing I would like to suggest is instead of the velcro why not change it into snap buttons. They are harder to rip off than the velcro ones.


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