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Learn how to make a baby bandana bib with a free sewing pattern. These drool baby bibs are cute to wear and easy to make.
One of my babies never spit up a lot, but she was always drooling or just spitting up a little. I was constantly changing her shirts to keep her dry.
To fix the problem I made a bunch of baby bandana bibs. I loved that they were shaped like triangle scarves so they looked cute, and they kept her shirt dry. I could just switch out a couple different bibs during the day.
I’ve created a free sewing pattern so that you can make your own! These bibs are so fast and easy to make! I often make a bunch at once so I can add them to baby gifts!
What Fabric should I use?
I prefer using quilting cotton or double gauze. Flannel is the most absorbent, but it’s not that comfortable to wear all day long.
Quilting cotton works great, but sometimes it’s stiff so if it’s a non-direction print I will cut the neckline on the bias. Double gauze is my favorite because it’s right in between absorbent and soft.
Should I use Velcro, snaps or buttons for a baby bib?
I used to use plastic snaps all the time, but I worry about the snaps falling off and being swallowed by a baby. That’s the same problem with buttons, and doing a button in a buttonhole on a wiggly baby is pretty tricky.
Any of these fasteners will work great for a baby bib, but my favorite is Velcro. It’s easy to get on and off, it can pull apart if pulled hard, and it’s easy to sew on. Be careful when washing it so that the Velcro doesn’t attach to anything precious in the washer or dryer.
Do you love to sew for babies? Try some of these sewing projects:
Free Baby Bandana Bib Pattern
- Fat quarter or quilting cotton or double gauze
- 2 inches of Velro
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
- Free baby bandana bib sewing pattern (no instructions) – get it at the end of the post
Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the bib pattern and photo tutorial for just $3. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.
Use the baby bandana pattern to cut out two bib pieces.
If you are using double gauze or directional quilting cotton fabric then cut with the grainline. If you are using nondirectional quilting cotton then cut on the bias.
Pin the two sides of the Velcro to the two sides of the bandana bib. Make sure to choose the same side (both left for example). Center the Velcro on the straps.
Sew around the Velcro to secure. You can skip sewing the short side of the Velcro along the raw edge of the fabric.
Pin the two pieces of the bandana bib right sides together.
Sew around the edge and leave a 4 inch hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and stop.
Trim all the corners, bottom point and strap corners, to reduce bulk. Clip in the inner curves on the bottom of each strap to create space.
Turn the bib right side out. Use a point turner to poke out the points but be careful not to poke holes in the fabric.
Press the bib flat. Roll the seams with your fingers to bring the seam right to the edge before pressing.
Edgestitch around the edge of the bib. This creates a clean, crisp look and it closes the hole.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!