Bandana dribble bib tutorial and free pattern.

My first tutorial, eek!

This is probably pretty basic and not particularly fancy compared to a lot of other blogs out there but it’s mine and I’ve enjoyed preparing it so I hope you like it.

This was my first ever project when I started sewing, so seemed fitting to make it my first ever blog post too. I have a 2 year old and 1 year old twins so we get through a lot of bibs. I’ve made dozens of them and I’ve gotten a little lazy now when cutting out so they are rarely symmetrical, this one is no exception but I’m sure you can do much better.

Lets get started!

You’ll need your front fabric, I usually use cotton for this, I did make one from fleece but after a few washes it has gone a bit fuzzy. I love bright, fun designs! For the backing, I use polar fleece (can get a metre for about £6 on eBay) lots of varieties. There are other materials which you could use, I found this page very helpful when I was researching what material to use.

The easiest way to make your own dribble bib is to use one you already own as a template. Simply fold it in half, place on the fold of your fabric and cut around, making sure you leave a seam allowance. I usually aim for 5/8 of an inch, but this way isn’t the most accurate.

Put template onto the fold of the fabric, remembering to cut a seam allowance.

Put template onto the fold of the fabric, remembering to cut a seam allowance.

If you don’t have a bib for a template, it’s easy enough to draw one or you could download this one I drafted earlier (example from this pattern at the end of the blog).

Once you’ve done this for both fabrics you should have 2 pieces that look like this (we won’t mention the change of fabric):

Front and back fabrics.

Front and back fabrics.

In this tutorial I will be using snaps for the fastening, if you are using velcro sew it on at this point, 1 piece on the top left of the front fabric and the other piece on the left side of the backing fabric (on the side that will be showing).

Place them right sides together, if using the polar fleece like me, there is no right side, its down to preference. Either way it will stay dribble proof. Pin around the edges and leaving a 3 inch gap sew all around using whatever seam allowance you cut; approximately 5/8″ for the download. Remember to back stitch at the start and the end to stop the stitches coming undone.

Right sides together.

Right sides together.

Cut close to the seam where the corners are, this reduces bulk and makes it look neater.

Trim the corners to the seams.

Trim the corners to the seams.

There should be an opening for you to turn the bib right side out.

Turn the bib right side out.

Turn the bib right side out.

Turn the bib right side out and press, lining up the opening. Your bib is taking shape!

Next step, top stitching!

Next step, top stitching!

Starting where the opening is, top stitch around the bib.

Close the opening.

Close the opening.

Add fastenings

Add fastenings

If you sewed in velcro earlier you are now done! If you are using snaps then this is the time to put them on.

Voila! Your bib is complete.

Carson was very pleased with his new bib:

Carson.

Carson.

For those thinking about using the template, this is the bib I made from it:

Using download.

Using download.

A little less pointy with the download, but still perfect for your little one 🙂

That’s it! My first tutorial. I hope you liked it. Please feel free to leave me a comment with any suggestions on how I can improve (besides the fact I need to iron more, can you tell it’s not my favourite past time?), they’ll be more than welcome.

I’m off to enjoy some sun with my family, hope the sun is shining for you too.

Creative K Kids
Bandana bib pattern and tutorial by Giraffes can sew. An easy tutorial to make your own cute dribble bibs, with a free pattern!

Giraffes can sew.

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  1. picperfic says:

    excellent tutorial….I have often looked for a pattern to make some of these for our Grandchildren as they arrive…my husband and I have 10 between us so far! I just love my Kam Snap popper gun an will put them on anything I can lol

    • Giraffes Can Sew says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! Grandkids, I can’t wait for those, long time coming though my eldest is only 12. I love my Kam snaps! It was like Christmas when they came.

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