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How to Sew an Easy Baby Bib


These sweet bibs are the perfect little present to whip up in a morning - just in time for a baby shower. This set was made using vintage fabrics, but you can make them with any material of your choice. If you're after a satisfying and quick sewing project, read on.


bib supplies
  • 1/3 yard (30cm) of covering fabric
  • 1/3 yard (30cm) of backing fabric
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Snap or poppers to close the bib
  • Hand needle

1. Prepare the Bib Template

Step 1

Draw a rectangle that measures 3 1/2in by 10 5/8in (9cm by 27cm). Draw the long edge of the rectangle so that it is on the side of the card.

bib draw template box

Step 2

Round the corners of the rectangle so that it resembles half an oval.

bib curve template edges

Step 3

Measure 4 7/8in (12cm) down from the top of the rectangle. This is the bottom edge of the neck opening. Mark this point.

Measure 1in (3cm) across from the drawn edge of the card (opposite the edge of the card). This will form the thickness of the neck edge. Mark this point. Form the inside of the neck by gently curving the bib between these two measures.

Cut out your bib template.

bib template draw neck

2. Sew the Bib

Step 1

Fold your fabric in half. Place the template on the fold. Trace the edges using tailor's chalk. Cut the fabric.

bib template on fold

Step 2

Repeat Step 1 for all your front and back pieces. You will need two pieces (one front piece and one back piece) for each bib.

bib cut pieces

Step 3

Take one front piece and one back piece. Place right sides together and pin.

bib pin sides

Step 4

Sew the two pieces together with your sewing machine. Sew as close to the edge as possible.

bib sew

Step 5

Leave a space of 2in (6cm) at the bottom of the bib.

bib leave a space copy

Step 6

Sew around the edge of the bib using a zig-zag stitch to stop the edges from fraying.

bib zigzag edges

Step 7

Clip small notches evenly around all the curves. This will stop the fabric from bunching. Be sure not to cut into the seam.

bib snip notches

Step 8

Turn the bib inside-out so that the right side is now facing out.

bib turn inside out

Step 9

Carefully press the bib flat. Press the seam allowance in the gap you left in step 5. This will make it easier to sew it closed later.

bib press

3. Finish the Bib

Step 1

Sew the gap closed using a hand needle and thread.

bib sew end closed

Step 2

Sew on the snaps or poppers using the hand needle. Place one snap on the front of the bib and one snap at the back.

bib sew snaps

Bundle Up Your Bibs For Baby

And you’re finished. Well done! Now you just need to find a little person (or a grateful mama/papa) and share your lovely handmade goods.

Do you like making gifts or sewing for your family? How did you find this tutorial? Let us know in the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you.

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