Scrappy Baby Bib Tutorial

Who doesn't love a cute baby bib? I made these bibs to coordinate with some baby blocks I made for 2 friends who are expecting. Since I only had scraps of the fabrics left, I pieced them together to make a scrappy baby bib.

For my bibs, I needed my scraps to be about 8 inches by 20 inches. If you make a smaller bib, you'll need less.
Sew the pieces together the long way and press the seam open.

 Above photo should say, fold in half RIGHT sides together.  Sorry about that!
Trace your favorite bib. My favorite bib was a gift from my friend Roselee, and as you can see, has been well loved.Here's the best part, sew first, then cut. Make sure to sew just inside of your drawn line or you'll see the marker when you turn. Also make sure you leave an opening for turning.

Cut just outside of your seam and clip the curves.

Turn right side out and press.
Topstitch around the edge of the bib making sure you close the opening you left for turning. Add a closure, velcro or a snap works well.
Done! Paired with a baby soft block, this makes a great baby shower gift.


  1. I'm an extremely novice seamstress, but have done a similar bib before...can I tell you how much I LOVE your sew-first-then-cut method?!?! Thanks (P.S., found you on OPT)!

  2. That is really cute. Love that you sew then cut... Would never have thought of that! Thanks! I am adding it to my need to make list.

  3. oh i love this. thank you for sharing!

  4. Cute... I'll need to freehand it because I don't have any bibs!

  5. Lovely tutorial!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Made my bibs over the weekend. You can check 'em out here: http://tharshesews.blogspot.com/2011/04/scrappy-bibs.html

  7. I loved your tutorial and scrappy bibs. Thanks for the inspiration. I made some of my own.


  8. I love tutorials and this bib seems easy enough even for me! I'll have to come back for another visit soon. In the meantime won't you come and see my blog and a quick look around.

  9. I am expecting my second child and have LOTS of scrap fabrics! Thanks for this lovely idea; I can't wait to try it out :)


  10. Wonderful things from you, man. I’ve examine your stuff before and you’re just also awesome. I enjoy what you’ve got right here, enjoy what you’re saying and the way you say it. You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read more from you. That is really a great blog.

  11. I would love to make these as gifts. What a geat idea. Is it possible to get the bib pattern. I have seen others but love the shape of this oone. Thanks.

  12. Seriously.. YOu are just too smart! LOL
    LOve the idea of sewing first then CUT ! brilliant :-0
    this will make my bib sewing SO much nicer..


  13. Oh my goodness, so cute! I absolutly love your fabrics! I looked at the blocks you made too and think they are great also. I will be trying to make some soon. So glad I found your site today!

  14. This is just what I was looking for. In the third photo, don't you mean "right sides together"?
    Can't wait to make this for my great grandson arriving in 4 weeks! By the way, found your site through Sew-It magazine. First time getting it.

    1. Thanks Kathie! You're absolutely right and I just fixed it now. So excited to have you visit via Sew-It magazine. Exciting!

  15. Love this!! Seems so simple to make! I'm going to attempt to make some this weekend! Thank you for sharing! :)

  16. I also LOVE the shape and would love to make some for my 1st granddaughter due in September. Is there anyway to get that pattern? I tried to print out the picture and enlarge but that did not work =( Thank you for the great idea.

  17. Hello, as someone else said, I have no bib to take as a model..can you share the pattern? Thanks!

  18. Do you have a pattern for the block. It is so cute also. I love the bib!

  19. Who doesn't love the bibs? I think there is no one because baby bibs are the most cutest stuff of our little ones. The details on the making of this baby bibs are very well said! I love the way how you cut the edges of the bib, it's perfectly done. I also love the color. And I'm pretty much sure that these baby bibs will turn out so lovely if the little ones wear this baby bib of yours. Great job!