Tablecloth Bib Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

Good bibs are hard to come by, are they not? We had one old one that was perfect – vinyl and big, easy to clean and didn’t get moldy. But Gus has ripped it to shreds. I couldn’t find any bib in a store worth buying, so when I saw an adorable tablecloth at Target, this project came to me.

Materials and Supplies for a Tablecloth Bib

  1. vinyl tablecloth
  2. 1/2″ double fold bias tape (about 3 yards)
  3. lots of pins
  4. bib pattern
  5. set of snap fasteners

table cloth bib

I traced our old bib onto two file folders taped together because I loved the shape so much. I wish I knew how to get my pattern online so I could share it with you. Anyone know how to do that?

Cut two pieces, a front and a back, and make sure to flip the pattern over before you cut the second one.

**Vinyl shows pin marks, so I traced the pattern onto the back of the tablecloth with a pen rather than pinning the pattern to the tablecloth to cut around.

Pin the bias tape all around the edges of the bib. When you get to the neck, stretch it out so it’s as straight as possible (as shown in the picture). Also stretch the bias tape as you go around the curves to minimize tucks.

On store bought bias tape, one side is a smidge longer than the other, so edgestitch the bias tape to the bib with the short side up.

**I tried serging the two pieces together first, which did not work at all. The vinyl didn’t feed through very well and the sharp curve of the neck meant that my blade was cutting off fabric and not sewing the layers together behind it. Bias tape is a much better option and it looks nicer too.

Attach the snap fasteners according to the package instructions.

table cloth bib

I love when I have an idea that turns out even better than I had imagined! Making my own table cloth bib solves all the problems I was having with bibs – this one is so cute and will be easy to clean. And if it does get ruined quickly, I have an entire tablecloth to make some more!


1 Gigi May 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

Those would make really neat shower gifts too. Way cute!

2 Kris May 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Could you reduce the pattern size so you could put it online and then indicate how much to increase the pattern so it could be taken to a copy machine? I would love the pattern.

3 Kelsey May 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

That’s a good idea. I’ll do some thinking and see if I can make it work…

4 Teri May 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I love it! So simple and easy and inexpensive! 3 of my favorite things :)

You could shrink your pattern and scan it in and then tell us how far to enlarge it OR you could just scan it in and give general measurements OR just scan it in and let moms decide how big to make it :)

You could even add a pocket at the bottom to catch stuff!

… I am sure there are other ways lol


5 Jennifer @The Literate Mother May 6, 2010 at 9:34 am

What a cute idea! Although we are out of the bib stage, this idea would also work for a kitchen apron. When you spill on a fabric apron it goes right through, so this would solve that problem! Thanks!

6 Elizabeth May 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I love this tutorial and I love the cute material.

Thanks for sharing!

7 Kristen November 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I stumbled onto you while looking for a boppy slipcover pattern. I am 5 months pregnant with my 2nd child (a boy this time) and wanted to make a slipcover to fit my daughter’s boppy. Wow, loved looking at everything. You are so creative. When I saw the Humanitarian quilts I thought, she must be LDS! Sure enough, then I saw the reference to YW camp! I printed out the patern for the Boppy and plan to share it at the next RS enrichment nt. There are quite a few pregnant women in my ward, and I am sure they would all love to make a slipcover with unique fabric instead of getting a generic one at the store! Thanks again for all of your creative ideas!

8 Marci May 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Are these bibs machine washable?

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