Handmade Dish Towel Bibs

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing

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I really do love the tablecloth bib from a few months ago, but I only made one and bias tape isn’t my favorite thing so I wasn’t real keen on making a whole handful of them. But a bib made from a dish towel is something I can really put into production! Except I didn’t have any old dish towels so I bought 5/8 yard of terry cloth in two colors each at JoAnn and made 6 bibs. Cheap and easy, my two favorite things!


  • terry cloth or dish towel
  • cotton ribbing


  • marking pencil/chalk
  • CD (as in compact disc…) or other round object for template
  • pins
  • scissors
  • rotary mat and cutter

hand towel bib

Cut strips of ribbing 2.5″ x 12″. (The piece in the picture is just under 14″ which turned out to be too big.) This size will fit babies and toddlers.

Cut rectangles from terry cloth 14″ x 22-25″ depending on how long you want the bib. If you’re using a premade towel, preserve the original dimensions.

Sew the ribbing in a tube by opening it up flat and sewing a seam, right sides together. After it’s in a tube, fold it in half so the seam is completely on the inside.

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I found a CD to be the perfect size circle for the towel neck hole – trace in the center of the width and about 1/3 down from the top and cut out.

hand towel bib pattern

Divide both circles into fourths with pins or by some very shallow clipping. Clipping is my preferred method, just be careful!

towel baby bib pattern

Match up the seam in the ribbing with the center back of the towel. Match up the other 3 marks and pin it to death in between.

Stretching the ribbing as you go, serge the towel to the ribbing.

That’s it!

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I made 6 bibs and I love them! They fit both Elliot and Gus and I can use them as a real towel in a pinch. Gus can’t rip it off by yanking down and they’re going to be super easy to launder and care for.

If I were feeling completely suicidal (which I’m not) I’d applique something cute on the front. Maybe for my grand kids…

handmade dish towel bib

Isn’t he adorable? Under bite/chocolate face and all?!? And what a bib…

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