In Search of the Perfect Bib

March 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm 10 comments


My granddaughter spits up a lot and might be starting to teethe. She goes through a lot of bibs. Most bibs are too small, too thin, and the plastic backing rips and tears after multiple trips through the washing machine and dryer. Fastening a bib at the nape of the neck requires a third hand. Velcro is nice, but the hook part sticks to everything in the wash if the dirty bib isn’t closed before it hits the washer. Cheap/fake hook and loop closures lose their “stick” pretty quick. A good bib is large, absorbent, waterproof, adjustable, easy to put on and take off, and easy to wash. Good luck finding one that meets all the criteria. It’s a good thing we can sew!

The “Perfect Bib” Tutorial

Bib1. Find a bib with a good shape. I found this one at Baby’s R Us. Great shape, good size, side closure, crappy hook & loop, too thin, and the plastic on the back cracked and tore.

Bib Tutorial -32. Trace or photocopy the bib to get the pattern. I used the copy button on my printer and then copied the bib in two sections. Then I taped them together. Two sheets of Sticky Template Plastic covered the pattern with some to spare.

Bib Tutorial-3Just peel off the release paper, place the sticky side down on the photocopy, and press. When using two sheets, as in this project, butt the long sides of each sheet together so there are no gaps. Cut two rectangles 1/2″ wide from the leftovers and stick those over the join to keep the template from bending. If I were making just one bib, I would use the paper pattern, but making a sturdy plastic template means I can trace the shape instead of pinning the paper to use as a pattern. It’s faster and more accurate. (Replace the release paper on the sticky part of the template plastic not touching the paper pattern to save it for another time.)

Bib Tutorial-43. Cut out the template with a sturdy pair of paper scissors and purchase a chunk of PUL fabric. PUL stands for Polyurethane Laminate. It will make your bibs waterproof. See more.

      4. Place the plastic template on the wrong side of the PUL fabric and trace with a ball point pen. Easy peasy.

Bib Tutorial 55. Place the PUL fabric on top of bib front, right sides together. You can purchase terrycloth  by the yard for the bib front or up-cycle hand and bath towels. The higher quality the terrycloth, the more absorbent the bib. Pin all the way around. (Don’t worry about pin wholes in the PUL fabric. A hot dryer will close them.) Don’t forget to mark an opening through which you will turn the bib right-side out.

Bib Tutorial 66. Sew on the marked line, leaving an opening. I backstitch several times at the beginning and end so the stitches won’t come out when I turn the bib right-side out. Cut 1/4″ from the stitching. Bib Tutorial-clippingClip inside curves.

7. Turn the bib right-side out and press. Turn under the opening and clip. Baste opening closed.

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Image-48. Topstitch 1/8″ from edge using matching thread.

BabyVille Snap Plierssnaps9. Attach snaps with Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers and snaps. I put two snaps on the neck strap so that it could be adjustable. Embellish with iron-on or sew-on appliques if desired.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra Pavletich  |  March 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I was looking for a better bib and found one I liked but it was too small. I used the heavy interfacing (?) used for the bill of caps, to draw a slightly bigger bib, took 4 times but I got it just right. Sometimes I put PUL on the back other times I sandwich it between flannel and terrycloth. You can make wonderful burp clothes this way as well.

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  • 3. Judy Forkner  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Now you should post a picture of the baby wearing the bib! Using PUL was a good idea!


  • 4. stitchinggrandma  |  March 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I shared this today via Facebook. Such a great tutorial !


  • 6. mizzm68  |  March 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Great tutorial, Ami! I made a gazillion bibs when my son was born (he turned 30 this year…yikes!). Cotton on one side and terrycloth on the other, bound with bias binding and they tied in back. I love the Babyville snaps idea, and the PUL fabric. Saving this in case I ever have grand babies. Finally got the oldest one married, so there is hope. :-)


    • 7. Ami Simms  |  March 29, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Crossing my fingers for you…


      • 8. Ami Simms  |  March 29, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        Thank you!


  • 9. Barbara  |  March 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks I have a new grand baby coming soon and this is a great idea for using my new embroidery machine!!! :-)


    • 10. Ami Simms  |  March 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Congratulations, Barbara! Glad I could help!



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