These DIY baby bibs make the perfect baby shower gift! They’re easy to make and you can use whatever fabric design suits the mom-to-be and her new baby.
I like to use terry cloth for the back of the bibs since it tends to be the most absorbent fabric, but for the front, you can use pretty much anything. I’ve made these with flannel and with cotton and both have turned out well.
If you’re ready to get started, I’ve included a free printable pattern. You can make a solid front bib or a 3-striped bib with the pattern – both are equally adorable!
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- Printable pattern (find it here!)
- Fabric – 1/2 yard for front and 1/2 yard for back
- Velcro – I used 3/4 inch
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Pins or clips
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
Print, cut, and tape together the bib pattern.
If you are making a 1-piece solid bib, skip to Step 5.
If you are making the 3-piece striped bib cut your fabric into 3 rectangles. The top piece will be 11.5 inches by 8 inches. The middle piece will be 11.5 inches by 4.5 inches. The bottom piece will be 11.5 by 4.5 inches. See diagram below.
Sew the rectangles together. Start with the top and middle pieces. Place right sides together and line up the bottom edge of the top piece with the top edge of the middle piece. Sew a ¼ inch seam along this edge.
Next, place the sewn together pieces right side together with the bottom piece. Line up the bottom of the middle piece and the top of the bottom piece. Sew a ¼ inch seam along this edge.
Iron open the two seams so the back side of your fabric looks like this:
Fold your fabric in half. Place the pattern on top, lining up the folded edge of the fabric to the fold side of the pattern. If you are making the 3-piece striped bib, line up the seams with the dashed lines on the pattern.
Cut around the pattern either with a rotary cutter or by pinning the pattern to the fabric and using fabric scissors.
Repeat Step 5 with the terry cloth fabric for the back of the bib.
Cut a slit for the neck hole at the top of the inner circle in each fabric piece.
Place front and back pieces right sides together and pin or clip around the edges.
Leaving a 3- to 4-inch opening at the bottom of the bib, sew a ¼ inch seam all the way around. The opening will be used to turn the bib right side out.
Cut slits around the raw outside edge of the seam all the way around the bib. This will allow the curves to lay flatter when the bib is turned right side out.
Using the opening at the bottom, turn the bib right side out. You might need to use something to help push the edges out. I used a knitting needle, but anything with a blunt edge (like the eraser side of a pencil) will work.
Fold in the open edges at the bottom of the bib and pin or clip them in place. Then, top stitch all the way around the bib, closing this opening.
Cut ¾ inch squares of Velcro and place on the bib like in the picture below.
Sew the Velcro in place (this is optional if you used sticky Velcro).
That’s all there is to it. Now you have yourself a homemade baby bib!