Bandana Bib Tutorial - With A Free Pattern

Here's a free and easy beginner sewing tutorial for you - how to make bandana bibs. It's an easy how-to with lots of step by step photos. This must be the easiest bandana bib tutorial you've ever seen! {And you get a free printable PDF bandana bib pattern. Yep!}



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First off, this post includes affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Now let's talk DIY bandana bibs.

One day you realize your baby is no longer a baby but a cute and clever toddler. Approximately at the same time you also realize there is no such thing as getting rid of bibs. You'll still need them, just maybe in a bit of a different design - and to my experience, bandana bibs are perfect for toddlers.


They come in all sizes, forms, materials you can imagine. I've tried out quite a lot of bib patterns, too. (way more than these dribble bibs I wrote about a while ago). Last week called for several new ones, and this time I went for simple and easy.

It's the best bandana bib pattern I've drafted so far, so it's time you get it too :)

FREE BANDANA BIB PATTERN


Yep, totally free - this is the free bandana bib pattern I've made for you. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.



Free bandana bib pattern. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.




SIZING:

This size is perfect for 2-yr olds, but you can easily adjust it by simply adding additional snap fasteners or velcro to size-down or size-up the neckline. This way, the bib will fit a baby, a toddler and even older kids. I've done it before and it has worked perfectly!


YOU'LL NEED:


  • sewing machine 
  • scissors
  • sewing thread
  • pins
  • two pieces of fabric (These cute bear prints I found at peek-a-boo are one of my favorites!)


Now, the BANDANA BIB TUTORIAL:

1) You'll need two pieces of cotton fabrics, they don't need to be the same (in fact, it's more fun if they are different). Use the free pattern printout to cut one peace of each:

how to make a bandana bib from a free pattern



2) Place the two pieces with right sides of fabric together and sew nearly all the way around it - leave an opening at one of the two straight edges of the bib (marked by 'leave opening here' on the pattern), so you'll be able to turn the dribble bib inside-out:

dribble bibs sewing pattern and tutorial



3) When you've sewn nearly all the way around, stop. Cut off any excess fabrics around the edges - as seen on the photo - it will be easier to form the bib corners once it's done:

how to make a dribble bib for babies



4) Turn the dribble bib inside-out and press it (the opening too).
If time allows, topstitch along the edges all the way around the bib. If you're in a hurry, don't bother - just topstitch over the opening you left before.

baby bandana bib tutorial with a free pattern - step 4




5) Adhere poppers or sew on some Velcro as fastening. Done!!

Want More Free Patterns?


Feel free to check out some of my FREE PDF patterns on Craftsy. They are all linked to my free tutorials on the blog, so it will be super easy for you to use them to sew something cute for yourself:

Click here to get to my other PDF patterns on Craftsy.


Or sign up to get email updates to stay in the loop. If you sign up HERE, you also get a freebie - AppleGreen Cottage subscribers get the 3 smallest sizes of my Perfect Earwarmer Headband Pattern (size baby to one year) as a free PDF. Check it out here:

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.


Well, back to the bandana bib, I've got two bonus tips for you:

dribble bibs sewing pattern and a finished bib


2 BONUS HINTS:

If you want you can use thicker (but soft!) fabric as the second layer, maybe flannel or terry cloth. The sewing will not go on so smoothly but the bib will absorb better. You can also opt for a third layer, some kind of interfacing. I've done several three-layer bibs so far but I did not see a substantial improvement, just the making process took me a bit longer.

The softest version I've ever made was from two layers of jersey. Just make sure the jersey is not too thin.  If you are looking to buy jersey, you can check out adorable cotton knits I found here at peek-a-boo shop. (I love these cute elephants! And these vintage bicycles!)



A step-by-step bandana bib tutorial with a free pattern, simple and easy to make. Made in no time and saving you money along the way. My all-time favorite bib for toddlers!

If you want to try it out - this bandana bib pattern is free, quite simple and easy to make. It will be made in no time and save you some money along the way. Who knows, you might just create an all-time favorite bib for your toddler!

No Time To Make One?

So, if you fell in love with bandana bibs but don't have any time to make them yourself, I totally understand. I can even recommend you some cute and popular bandana bibs on Amazon if you're searching to get them quickly, ready-made. (And they come as 4-pack, yeey!)











Damjana





Check out my newest (and cutest) addition to Craftsy patterns:

DIY Mini Fabric Bin - just the cutest little bin to sew! It's an easy beginner sewing project. Get your PDF pattern on Craftsy.



The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.




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how-to make an easy BANDANA BIB - with a FREE template included! This tutorial is a perfect beginner sewing project!

27 comments:

  1. You can't have too many bibs. Thanks for the great tutorial and for sharing the pattern.

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    1. Hi Pam, thanks for visiting! Yes, I thought the same when deciding to make a tutorial on bibs - can't have too many. At least in our house :) Best, Damjana

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    2. Hi Damjana, I've featured your tutorial today.

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    3. Hi Damjana, I've featured your bandana bibs again today, this time in a roundup of scrap busting projects...

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  2. Wow, the day has become even better now! Thanks, Pam, heading to your site to see it! :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing great idea. What size should I print it at. Lol because they keep coming out tiny

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    1. Esmeralda, I'm glad you find the pattern useful, but am sincerely sorry that you have encountered difficulties printing it out. Have you checked the settings on your printer? The print size settings should say something like 100%, or no scaling, depends on the printer model... Just to provide a general feel how big the pattern should be, the line of 'this-side-folded'=17 centimeters and the long side of the pattern=30 centimeters. I hope this will help.

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  4. Oh, how cute! My infant is definitely turning into a toddler (she's gonna be one next week!) and we're always in need of bibs. Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Wine'd Down Wednesday.

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    1. Thank you, Bev!

      I believe by now you've already stocked on some bibs - if not yet, there's always a chance you'll get 15-minutes off to make an additional one from this free pattern ;) Damjana

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  5. Obrigada, quero fazer par o.meu neto!!!

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  6. Love these!! What kind of fabric did you use??

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    1. I used 100% cotton, the baby-blue color fabric in the tutorial is from a local fabric store, and the striped one is from Ikea. You might want to chose densely weaved, thicker cotton (i.e. not too thin) to make the bib absorb better. The softest version I've ever made was from two layers of jersey - check out this post I wrote about DIY baby bibs if you'd like to see how it looked like: http://applegreencottage.blogspot.com/2014/10/home-made-bandana-bibs-and-promise.html

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  7. I can't get the link to open, is the pattern still available?

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    1. Hi,
      yes, it is available, free of charge to everybody who'd like to use it privately. I double-checked and it opens on my computer. I suggest you try again, but if you still won't be able to open it, I can email it to you (just let me know your e-mail address). Have a great day! Damjana

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  8. How much fabric do you need?

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    1. Two pieces that will cover the A4 page format, no more (even a bit less, if you check the free PDF pattern). I often use scraps of cute kid-themed fabrics.

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  9. Hello!
    What size bib pattern is this aimed towards- 12mth+ toddler?
    I'm after a pattern that's for a younger age group (around 4mths) would I just cut this pattern down?

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    1. Hi, yes, you're right.
      I started using this pattern when my toddler was around 1.5 years old. And there really is a simple way to make the pattern smaller: you can just cut it down, or even better: use the size from the template, but add additional snaps/poppers/velcro to size-down the neckline. This way, the bib will fit the baby when she's older, too. I've done it before and it has worked perfectly! Happy sewing :) Damjana

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  10. How do you make them look kinda slouchy more like a bandana ?

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    1. Hi Katelynn,
      a good question! It all depends on the fabric you use. If you check out one of my other posts on DIY bibs (http://applegreencottage.blogspot.si/2014/10/home-made-bandana-bibs-and-promise.html) using jersey will make it very, very soft. It 'falls' very nicely around the neck, if that's what you had in mind. And if you use jersey, it's good to get cotton jersey (it's so kind to the baby's soft skin). I hope you'll enjoy your project.

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  11. to make it 'slouchy" make the top layer 1/2in larger all the way around.

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  12. Thank you so much for this free pattern! I nanny a 3 year old fellow who has autism and recently he's started chewing on his shirts when he gets stressed or excited. This looks like it will be perfect for him! Protecting his clothes while looking like a style choice rather than a bib. I'm going to whip one up now out of my stash and see if his momma wants me to make some more when she comes to pick him up this afternoon.

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    1. Just wanted to update that it worked great! He wore it to preschool and it did exactly as we wanted, he was chewing on the bib instead of his clothes. He and I went to the fabric store and picked out fabric to make several more! The only change that i made was to extend the length of the bandana part a bit, the neck circumfrence was just right, but it wasn't quite long enough for him. But he's 3 years old (a bit older than the target audience) and is a VERY large guy as he's the same height and weight as my 5 year old!

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  13. Oh how sweet is this?? We chose it as one of our favorite DIY's from last weeks DIY Crush Craft Party. Come see it being featured tonight, Thursday at 7pm EST. www.diy-crush.com

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