Baby bib tutorial – How to make a simple baby bib.

How to make a baby bib tutorial.

This is not only a really simple baby bib, very suitable for anyone new to sewing but it is also a super practical make for babies and makes a perfect gift. Follow the steps in this baby bib tutorial to make your own.

When my kids were babies they had lots of these bibs, my first design was a bit more shaped around the neck but I discovered a simple triangle was perfectly effective. I loved using all the fun printed cottons that were available to make these baby bibs. It was fun making special occasion versions and coordinating ones for special outfits as well as whipping them up from left over pieces of fabric.


Piece of woven cotton (quilters weight is perfect) 45cm x 30cm. I used Liberty cotton for this example.

Piece of sweatshirt fabric or other soft, thick absorbent fabric 45cm x 30cm. I used cotton sweatshirt fabric.

Popper or snap fastener.


Click the link to download the diagram, this shows the dimensions. You can draw this directly on to the fabric or make a paper pattern first if you prefer.

From the fold draw a line at right angles from the foldline following the measurements on the diagram. Mark a point vertically from this line on the fold and join the two points. These measurements include the seam allowance.

bib pattern

How to make:

  1. Cut one triangle out of each of the fabrics.

2. With right sides together pin around the edges. You will need to leave a gap in one seam for turning through. I generally leave the opening in the upper long edge, I have marked it here with two vertical pins.

3. Stitch using a 1.5cm seam allowance around the edges starting at one vertical pin, pivoting at the corners and finishing at the second vertical pin. Trim the seam to approximately 1cm. Trim away a little closer at the points to enable you to get better corners when you turn through. Be careful not to trim to close though.

4. Turn through to the right side and press, pushing the open seam inside in line with the stitched seam. To get nice points at the corners you can either gently push a blunt pencil, chop stick or similar object into the corners or tease the corners out from the outside with a pin.

5. Slip stitch the gap closed by hand.

6. Stitch one half of a popper on one corner of the long edge and the other half on the opposite side at the other corner of the long edge. Alternatively you can use hammer in snap fasteners.

Bib complete and ready to use, wash and use and wash and use again and again!

I just want to say a big thank you to Megan for being such a lovely model, she is so adorable I couldn’t resist sharing these extra photos!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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