Hipster baby bibs

When my 5 boys were little babies one of them (who shall remain nameless) was quite the drooler. I learned to keep a bib on him, and inevitably he would show a new tooth within a few days. We had lots of cute bibs, but none of those bandana bibs that are perfect for cool, fashionable babies. I’m now learning to make some of those for Jack’s Basket, an organization that hand delivers baskets of literature, blankets, toys and bibs for infants diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. Want to join me in sewing for charity??


Do you like to sew for charity? If so, here’s a chance to use up some scraps, play with novelty prints and practice some quilting. Jack’s Basket would love more bibs to gift to babies newly diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. The bibs can be any style but 3-6 month sizing is preferred. Read my tips below for help finding patterns, choosing materials and styles of bibs.

Mail your completed bibs in a ziploc bag sealed in an envelope to:

Jack’s Basket

2960 Snelling Avenue North L-105

St. Paul, MN 55113

All the bibs you see on this page were just sent in the mail for donation. While I love traditional bibs, I’m currently enamored with these bandana ones. This is the perfect shape for keeping drooling babies tidy.

Flannel bandana bibs. Don’t you just love this tie dye fabric? I can’t even imagine how cute some little munchkin will look in these!
The animal bib in the center has a layer of wadding (batting), therefore I had a little fun playing with a stitch to quilt the layers. These three flannel bibs are also reversible.! See the photo below for their backsides. The monkey fabric is backed with the same orange fabric below.
I really can’t decide if I which side of the buffalo plaid bib I prefer!! I love both front and back.

What I’ve learned about Baby Bibs:

  1. Layers, layers, layers… Baby bibs need absorbent fabrics and a layer or two of flannel works well, along with thin batting (wadding) on the inside as a 3rd layer. It won’t help if the bib gets soaked through and wets the clothing underneath! Knitted fabric, terrycloth, fleece and other exotic fabrics work well for bibs, but they can be pricier and messier to work with.
  2. Preshrink…. Especially if working with flannel, it’s best to preshrink your fabric or else the baby bib may end up doll-size and not so useful for a newborn.
  3. Snaps or Velcro…Some people prefer snaps because they feel that velcro may be irritating to a baby’s neck should they tug on the bib. If velcro is all you have, then use it and don’t worry, it will be fine. I went ahead and purchased plastic, multi-colored KAM snaps online from Amazon. The snaps are easy to use and many tutorials exist online to help with installation. While I love the snaps, the regular ones didn’t work for all my heavier bibs. I needed to purchase EXTRA long KAM snaps from the KAM site for my layered bibs. If you’re using terrycloth, fleece or other meatier fabrics, you must invest in those longer snaps.
  4. Bib styles…Know the purpose for your bib before choosing a style. For babies less than one year old, a bib is mostly for drooling or keeping bottled milk off their tiny bodies. (Nursing babies seem to make less of a mess, but that’s just my experience.) Babies over one year old will probably need a bib with a waterproof lining, maybe a fold at the bottom to catch food particles. A bandana-style bib is a cool drool-catcher look that may enhance the baby’s outfit without looking like a classical bib. However, a regular shaped bib with a fun novelty fabric can be perfect too. There are many online patterns, but these are the free PDF ones that I chose to use. Bandana bib pattern and Curved Standard Bib pattern. I used the middle size of the curved pattern to extend the use of the bib for a few more months.
  5. Sizing…It’s hard to know the right size for a bib, but use your best judgement. If your child has a bib that is a favorite or perfect size, copy it to make a pattern. If the bib is a gift, sizing up is always best over having a bib be too small. When I put on snaps, I add a second set of them to make the bib fit different necks. This way, there is adjustable sizing to extend the bib for a longer period of the child’s life.
  6. Gifting…I remember some of my favorite gifts to receive were baby socks and bibs that were cute. I have 5 boys and trust me when I say that a new bib without stains was always welcome!! Go and make bibs, give a pair of them as a gift, especially if it’s not the first baby in the family. I promise you will be giving something practical and needed over maybe another frilly outfit!! Size the bib up a bit to extend its use. Use novelty scraps and other bright colors for something unique. Alternatively, splurge on a pricy new fabric that you may fall in love with. You will only need about a half a yard for each complete bib!!
Three scrappy bibs that allowed me to play with some fancy stitches on my Babylock Crescendo sewing machine. I think some little girl will look great with these.

More scrappy bibs and I added wavy stitches to quilt the ocean bib on the right. I never had so much fun with fancy stitching!

That’s all for now. What have you been up to lately?

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6 responses to “Hipster baby bibs

  1. I love these and love knowing that you are supporting Jack’s Basket. I hadn’t heard of the long shank snaps, so I will be ordering some. I linked your post to my Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – as your tips are super helpful!


    • Kathleen, yes…I learned about the long snaps the hard way after ordering the regular ones. The longer ones really don’t look any different but they certainly fasten and do the job better. Thanks for adding my post to your tips and tutorials. Passing along sewing wisdom is what makes our sewing community so wonderful!!


  2. Brenda, I haven’t used that product but also just read something about it last week. It could be amazing for a bib. Please do share your results if you give it a try. I just made another dozen bibs today. I sew like mad when I’m in a mood and today was one of those days!! I hope the bibs will hold up in and be useful. I asked for some feedback but I’m sure Jack’s Basket has better things to do than reply to my questions!


  3. These are adorable bibs and I know will be so appreciated. This is a great charity. While reading, I had a thought about using some liquid vinyl on the back to make it waterproof. I recently discovered this product by ThermoWeb. Thanks so much for linking up with TGIFF today!


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