Today I’m sharing the Ultimate Free Baby Bib Pattern with you!
Before we get started let’s talk about supplies
For the bib I used darling laminated cotton from Laminates
Laminated cotton is much easier to sew with and more comfortable to wear than oil cloth. It also comes in darling prints! Something I absolutely love about the Laminates shop is that you can buy your fabric in fat quarters which is perfect for smaller projects. You need one fat quarter for each side of the bib and you’ll have some leftover for another small project like a snack bag. I highly recommend using laminated cotton for both sides so it’s easy to wipe clean after each use. I normally just un-snap the bib and give the whole thing a quick rinse in the kitchen sink and let it dry in the dish drainer. Easy peasy! Here’s a few combinations I’m eyeing for future projects…
Laminates generously provided my fabric for this post but all opinions are my own. I really love this shop!
For this bib you’ll also need some snaps. KAM snaps are a great way to go for this project. If you don’t have KAM Snaps or the Snap Tool, here’s a good starter kit:Bundle – 2 items: Starter Pack KAM Plastic Snap Setting Pliers & Awl Set with 100 Complete KAM Plastic Snap Sets for Cloth Diapers/Baby Bibs/Buttons/Unpaper Towels (Rainbow & White)
Let’s get started!
1. Download your FREE PATTERN. The pattern has a 1″ scale box for you to check that it printed correctly. As-is the bib is a good size for a 1-2 year old. If you’d like a bigger or smaller bib just print the pattern out at more or less than 100% scale.
2. Cut out 2 bib pieces (1 for the front and 1 for the back). With laminated cotton you want to avoid using pins as they leave holes in the fabric so use binder clips, paper clips, etc. instead. With right sides of the fabric together sew all the way around the bib with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ gap at the bottom. Clip into the seam allowance along the neckline and inward curve above the pocket. This will help it lay flat when you turn it right side out.
3. Turn the bib right side out and smooth it out with your fingers. You might need to use a chopstick to push the tail ends all the way out. If you used regular fabric you can go ahead and press it flat. Tuck in the raw edges along the bottom and topstitch all the way around the bib.
4. Now it’s time to add some snaps. The snap location is marked for you on the pattern piece. The 2 upper snaps should be installed with the cap on the right side of the fabric (the cow print) and the socket on the wrong side. The 2 lower snaps should be installed with the cap on the wrong side of the fabric and the stud on the right side of the fabric. You also need a snap to fasten the bib at the neckline. And that’s it!
Here’s a quick run-down on how this works…