If you know anything about babies, you know that drool happens. A lot. Especially when your little one is going through one of the multiple stages of teething, drool seems to be a constant. Help keep your babe dry and stylish in a super cute bandana bib. Not only will you save some clothes and loads of laundry, you can save money making your own with this simple tutorial.
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▪️Two pieces of fabric (minimum 22”x8”**)
▪️ Scissors or rotary cutter
▪️ Snap fasteners (Velcro or button works too)
▪️ Sewing machine or needle
▪️ Bandana bib pattern
Start by printing my free bandana bib pattern onto normal printer paper, and cut it out. This will be your template for cutting the fabric, and should fit most kiddos ages newborn to 2 years.
When it comes to choosing fabrics, keep in mind the practical aspect of this baby accessory… to catch all that “essence of youth” or better known, drool. You want a fabric that is not only stylish but also soft to touch and absorbent. Flannel, jersey knit cotton, muslin, and terry cloth are all great choices. Or, repurpose old clothing and baby towels or blankets that would otherwise get tossed or donated.
Once you have your fabric, fold the first piece of fabric enough so that the pattern aligns and fits on the folded portion. Cut fabric according to the pattern. Repeat with the second piece of fabric, or use the first as a full size template to cut around.
Pin the front sides of the fabric so that they are facing together. You will first sew the bib “inside-out”, leaving a gap to turn it right side out again. Start along the bottom edge using a ¼” seam allowance, sew around the bib edge. Remember to stop at least 1-2” for turning the fabric.
Turn the bib right side out by reaching into the gap and pulling the opposite side through. Fold in the edges of the gap, and use a ⅛” seam allowance to top stitch around the bib.
Point of preference: you can choose to top stitch all the way around the bib or just the bottom side. Some like the extra decorative touch, and others prefer a softer edge along the child’s face… and a little less work!
Lastly, to finish the bib you will need to add a way to fasten the ends. I love using KAMsnaps (plastic snap buttons). For a single project it doesn’t make sense to make the small investment for the tool set. However, kamsnaps work so well for so many projects, if you are a DIY or craft lover it is well worth the purchase. Alternative options to kamsnaps would be Velcro or a traditional button and buttonhole.
Once you have your fasteners, attach them to the opposite ends of the fabric. Make sure they are positioned so that the fasteners overlap properly.
Congratulations! You just made your first bandana bib!
So cute on boys and girls, I love that bandana bibs are as stylish as they are functional. Can’t wait for baby boy #2 to come and sport one of these!
P.S. Love the idea but don’t have the time? See my collection of super cute bandana bibs and paci clips in the Momma Loves Coffee shop 🙂
***Also, please remember this important safety tip: Never leave any bib on a sleeping or unsupervised baby.***
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