By Christina Dennis

bib-pink-dotSewing a custom bib for your baby, or as a gift for a baby shower, is fun & easy! You can use scraps of fabric you have leftover from other projects, or purchase some special fabric, like laminated cotton, that works especially well for bibs.

You will need:

  • a pre-made bib (to use as a template)
  • fabric (flannel, minkee, or laminated cotton)
  • contrasting fabric (optional – for reverse side of bib)
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • velcro or snap (use velcro if you want the bib to be reversible)

To make the bib:

  1. Fold the store-bought bib in half lengthwise. Each half should be identicle. Lay the bib on a piece of paper and trace around. Remove the bib, and draw an additional a 1/2″ seam allowance to the traced shape.
  2. Cut out the paper pattern, place on fold of fabric. If you want a bib with the same fabric on both sides, cut 2 bib pieces out of one fabric. For a bib with a contrasting reverse side, cut one bib piece from one fabric, and one bib piece from a contrasting fabric.
  3. Unfold pieces and place right sides together. Pin.
  4. Sew around the bib using a 1/2″ seam allowance and leaving a 2″ opening at the bottom of the bib.
  5. Turn the bib right-side out using 2″ opening.
  6. Top-stitch around the bib and doing so, close opening.
  7. Attach velcro pieces to bib tops, or attach snaps.