How to Make a Baby Bib

This special handcrafted baby bib makes a wonderful Christening or blessing gift. It can be made in all white for that special day, or in bright, fun fabrics for a sweet touch. Your friends and family will be especially touched with your thoughtfulness if you personalizing the bib with the initial of the baby’s first name. The options are limitless! These little bibs are so quick and easy, you will want to make several in a variety of colors.


  • 10” square scrap of paper for pattern
  • 24” of 5/8” wide satin ribbon
  • 10” square of cotton fabric
  • 10” square of washable satin fabric
  • 1 yard of 1” (or less) wide lace
  • decorative appliqué
  • white thread
  • sewing needle
  • sewing machine
  • scissors and pins
  • iron


  1. Wash and iron both pieces of fabric (satin should be iron on warm).
  2. Using 10” square of paper, make a pattern for the bib. Mine was approximately eight inches long, and eight inches wide. I rounded it at the bottom and brought the top edges in slightly. Next cut a dip where the neck would be. It’s helpful to fold the paper in half and cut out the pattern, making both sides identical. Using a pencil, lightly trace this pattern onto both the satin and cotton fabrics. Cut out both pieces, following marked pattern lines.
  3. Center appliqué on right side of satin bib front. Pin in place. Using large running stitch, sew the appliqué to the bib front. Note: If you wish, you could use Wonderunder to attach the appliqué. However, this does require a hot iron and may result in damage to the satin.
  4. Cut satin ribbon into two 12” lengths. Press one end under about ¼”, then press entire length of ribbon in half. (These will be the bib ties.) Sew the entire length close to edge.
  5. Put right sides of satin and cotton bib pieces together. Insert lace between fabrics, with raw edge of lace even with raw edge of satin and cotton pieces. If there is a right side to your lace, be sure it faces the satin. Pin all three (cotton, satin and lace) together. Slip satin ribbon pieces between the right sides of the cotton and satin. Pin these at either side of the neck scoop, making sure the raw edge stick out of the seam at least ½”. Stitch around bib, catching satin ribbon in seam. Leave 2” opening in neck scoop for turning.
  6. Turn inside out, press edges with warm iron. Hand stitch the opening in the neck closed.

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From the first time I sewed the buttons on backward and clipped a hole in the front of my first blouse in high school home economics, I’ve been hooked on sewing. I have been sewing and making crafts for over 40 years and enjoy the process of creating something unique and exactly what I want.

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