Bib Tutorial & 10 Free Bib Patterns

by Kelsey Norwood

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baby bib tutorial

My little Gussie is a champion spitter/drooler. At 4 months he still spits up a ton and so I finally got tired if him smelling sour all the time and made him some flannel bibs. (I hate cloth bibs for eating – they just get stained so we use the plastic ones. For spitting/drooling, flannel is the best – it’s like a burp cloth tied constantly around their neck and makes for lots less laundry and outfit changing.)

I used this bib pattern from Chickpea Studio and it has been perfect – I love the shape and size. So you cut out 2 of the bib pattern and sew them together.

infant baby bib tutorial

I appliqued my bibs cause I can’t help myself…I used my Cricut Expressions to cut some little patterns, backed them with Heat’N’Bond and edgestitched them to the bib before sewing the front and back together. (I used the following cartridges: Life is a Beach, Stamping Solutions, Paper Doll Dress Up)For some of them I did some little details with embroidery thread.

I also serged the front and back together to save time and used velcro instead of a snap or button.I just used flannel scraps or remnant pieces I’ve picked up at Joann so this project helped me clear out some of my ridiculous fabric stash.

(If you’re new to sewing or just getting back into it after many years, I recommend the following sewing 101 ebook.)

Here are some other great bib patterns I found in my wanderings:

  1. Nested Bib Pattern
  2. Reversible Baby Bib
  3. Catch All Laminated Bib
  4. Apron Bib Pattern
  5. Bandana Bib
  6. Fabulous Fifties Bib
  7. Recycled Vintage Bib
  8. Baby Breakfast Bib
  9. Towel Baby Bibs


1 Jessica September 23, 2009 at 8:05 am

Okay, so I’ve tried using my cricut to cut fabric and have not gotten a totally clean cut, like I would with scissors…what is your secret? I even have been using a brand new blade.

Also, did you use Heat and Bond for sewing, or the other, regular kind?

I’ve been trying to do some appliques for Halloween shirts for my sons and a birthday shirt for my baby and I am getting frustrated and would love any tips you have on using the cricut to cut fabric…if you ever want to cut gumpaste with your cricut to decorate cakes, go to my mom’s site (no, I did not start this to advertise, I really want to know what I was asking, but figured you might be interested in this, too…it is so easy and so cool…sorry to hijack the post)
She has a DVD telling you how to use the cricut to cut out designs. I just wish she’d cut out fabric and help me out!

Thanks for any tips or tricks!

2 Janie September 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Thanks for sharing these! I’ve actually been looking at bib patterns, and some of these are adorable! I think I may try several different ones to see which works best for my little one. He manages to get food under the ones he has now, so we’ll see what works best!

3 Meghann P. September 29, 2009 at 8:46 pm

These bibs are so cute! My daughter is also a champion spitter/drooler – I’m never without a burp rag in hand, and the bibs we get as gifts aren’t always so cute, or they don’t match her outfits (which bugs me). I can’t wait to try these out.

4 heleen May 9, 2010 at 3:51 am

what a nice surprise to find a link to my recycled vintage bib on your blog. Thanks! Love your blog.

5 erica June 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

thank you so much for sharing! time for some much cuter bibs on a budget. :) blessings to you!

6 Lanita August 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

Thanks Vanilla Joy for sending so many visitors to my blog post on creating baby bib’s from Fingertip Towels. I love creating bib’s and I guess so do all of you. I’ve had several questions on the bibs recently so I created a new simplified post on how to make them. You can view it if you are interested here:

7 Nita March 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Love this pattern! What a great idea to serge them together and a time-saver!!

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