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Towel Bibs are so convenient and they can be quick and simple to make as many as you need! You will love this Towel Baby Bib Pattern.
Homemade Baby Bibs
Towel Bibs are so convenient. They cover so much of baby, and they’re super easy to just slip over their head! Unfortunately, they can be pretty expensive if you buy them in-store. We’ve figured out how to sew them up pretty quickly, and for a fraction of the cost! If you don’t have a little one, this would also make an awesome baby shower gift to bless a new mom!
Towel Baby Bib Pattern
What you need:
- One hand towel
- Children’s t-shirt (up to size 4/5)
- Light-colored marker
- Straight pins
How to make baby bibs out of hand towels:
I had some towel bibs already on hand, so I used them in this tutorial for a size guide since I had liked the way they fit on my littles. You can adjust it to the size you need, or think is best. When you cut the towel, remember to cut as straight as possible, and to leave room for hemming the edge of the bib as well.
For the hole in the bib that you will be slipping over the top of baby’s head, there’s no need to create one from scratch. I used an old t-shirt that was a hand me down from another one of my children. I just turned the shirt inside out and cut along the seam around the neck, so I was left with a clear seam to attach to the towel.
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Once you have the neck hole cut out, line it up on the bib where you want it to be placed on the backside of the towel bib. Using a light-colored marker or marking pen, trace around the outside of the circle. This will be your guide for cutting out the circle to sew the neck of the bib onto. When you cut the circle out, don’t cut directly onto the line you traced. Cut the circle about half an inch smaller all the way around. This will ensure it will fit nicely onto the t-shirt neck.
The next step will be to pin the circles together. Pin the t-shirt neck onto the towel. You will have a little extra room in the towel, so make sure to leave it just a little puckered. This is to make sure that when you sew it is even all the way around (see pic for reference). Once it’s pinned, you are ready to sew. I used a bright blue for this tutorial so you all could see the stitching a little easier, but for yours, you will need to find a thread that matches the towel.
Using a zig-zag stitch to maintain the stretch around the neck, sew the towel and the t-shirt neck together on the back side. Remove the pins as you sew around the circle to maintain a smooth stitching pattern. Once you’re finished with the circle, sew a hem on the cut side of the towel to complete the bib.
Once you’ve finished all your sewing you can trim around the inside of the circle, getting close to the edge of the zig zag stitches so the edge is as streamlined as possible. Trim any extra threads for a clean, and finished look!
If you want to make these for a small baby, you can always use a washrag for a smaller coverage area. I like this size, even for small babies, because it covers more. Babies have a tendency to make food spread out all over the place! The bigger the bib, the better, in my opinion.
Enjoy whipping up a bunch of these, and save a ton of money by making them yourself too! I found these hand towels at my local Walmart for just $0.97! By using the old t-shirt collar, I was able to complete this project for under $1.00! Not a bad price for something you know will last a long time, and will fit exactly like you want it to.
You could also use this Towel Baby Bib pattern to create some wonderfully thoughtful gifts. I’m working on a batch of them for my sweet little baby niece that has just started enjoying solid foods. 🙂
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Do you have a little one in your life that you can make this Towel Baby Bib Pattern for?
This Towel Baby Bib Pattern was originally published on Little House Living in January 2017. It has been updated as of January 2020.