Wednesday, June 13, 2018

FREE Pattern Download - Bandana Baby Bib

It's been a while, but I'm thrilled to have a new easy tutorial and FREE downloadable pattern to share today!!  A quick & simple to make Bandana Bib:)

My little guy has reached the phase where he is super drooly most of the time.  Poor guy. Bibs are a necessary accessory to keep him from sporting a constant wet ring on his neck and clothes.  All my kids were like that as babies and most bibs didn't do the job because they soaked through right away.  Finding bibs that aren't hot and plastic-y, but still keep the moisture out is tough though.

I decided to make some that are comfy, have a bit of style to go with outfits AND most importantly, keep baby dry.

By using PUL fabric as the back side, it keeps the dribble from getting to the clothes or skin underneath, but it's not hot or stiff like the usual vinyl manufactured bibs have.  

Woven cotton or knit would also work well for the front, but I decided to use some scrap gauze leftover from making some baby pants.  It's breezy & soft for summer, but also soaks up moisture well and gets softer the more you wash it.  

Making this bib is fast & easy too, which is key for us moms with babies!  

Here's how to do it with my free pattern:

- FQ or (10in high x 14in wide piece) of Gauze, Cotton or Knit 
- FQ or (10in high x 14in wide piece piece) PUL fabric
- Download my FREE Bandana Bib pattern HERE
- 2 sets of plastic snaps & setting tool
- Marking pen, lip balm, clips (or bobby pins) 
Optional: walking foot

Print the pattern at 100% scale (use the inch gauge box to confirm the print size is correct)

Fold both fabrics with selvage ends together and cut out a bib from each on the fold.  

Mark placement for snaps on right sides of fabrics.

With wrong sides facing, place clips around bib edges (using pins makes holes in the PUL and we don't want that!).

Run a bit of lip balm along the shiny PUL side to keep it from sticking to the presser foot when sewing - it's ok, the lubricant is good for the machine and easy to wipe off the fabric.  

Stitch together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch gap on one side.  Using a walking foot is ideal since it keeps the fabrics from slipping or catching on the feed dogs.  I use one for all my PUL projects.

Clip around curves.  To save time and avoid the chance for clipping into my stitching, I use pinking shears.

Turn right side out.  Pressing PUL to get the edges flat could melt it, so press them down with my hands and clip them, then topstitch all the way around.

Set snaps using a snap press or pliers.  I highly recommend using plastic snaps since they'll hold up great to constant tugging and washing.

Put the stylin' bib on the bub and admire how cute and fashionable baby is.  Now we've got a cute coordinated outfit and we're keeping it dry:)


  1. I love the bib pattern! Is there a pattern for the pants the baby has on? The baby is adorable also!

    1. Thank you Deloris! The pants pattern is from an excellent book - Kwik Sew's Sewing for Baby. It is literally the BEST value for baby patterns with so many in one place and giving loads of variation options. I'll be doing some posts about it in 2020 because it's one of my absolute favorite sources. And thanks for reminding me I should make some more of these - baby #5 is coming early next year, so I'm going to need a lot more of these bibs soon!


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