Baby Bib Pattern - The Best Free Baby Bib Pattern in 3 Sizes

Sew tons of cute baby bibs using this easy tutorial and free bib pattern. This is my best baby bib pattern - I designed it in 3 sizes from newborn to toddler. A set of these adorable baby bibs and one of my Ultimate Diaper Clutches (pattern here) will make the perfect handmade gift every new mom would love to have. Grab the free bib pattern, follow the tutorial below and sew a bunch of them for all your babies!
baby bib pattern

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This baby bib was designed to be simple and minimalistic. It's perfect to have at hand for every occasion and it is available in three sizes, from newborns to 4 years. And everybody has been asking me what fabric I used: it's the gorgeous Sweet Baby Girl collection designed by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake. I loved working with these prints.  Mix-and-match works great, the prints are small and perfect for tiny baby things to sew. If you are expecting a little baby girl, this is your go-to fabric. Teddy bears, cats, sheep, rabbits - and my favorite, these cute pink elephants with little hearts on their trunks and the tiny floral background - irresistible!

baby bib pattern

I designed the bib pattern for my own babies - and I'm quite picky about the bibs available out there in shops, so you know you're going to be making a great shaped bib that will get lots of compliments. Perfect for a drooly baby, a messy toddler or a perfect baby shower gift!

free baby bib pattern

First, for those of you who like video tutorials, I've made a video slide-show to get the feeling of how easy it is to sew one:

Finished Size of these baby bibs: 

Width x Length: 
Newborn(Small, 0-3 months) 7" x 9 1/2" (18 x 24 cm)
Baby (Medium, 3-12 months) 8" x 10 1/2" (20 x 27 cm)
Toddler (Large, 1-4 years) 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" (24 x 32 cm)

Neck Opening: Newborn Size 9 1/2" (24 cm), Baby (Medium) 11" (28 cm), Toddler (Large) 12" (31 cm)


free baby bib pattern
  • A fat quarter of quilting fabric (I used a few pieces from Lori Whitlock's Sweet Baby Girl collection.)
  • Fat eighth of terry cloth: 14" x 11" (36cm x 28cm) /alternative: sew-in batting, interfacing
  • A set of KAM snaps or metallic snaps or Velcro tape 
  • sewing machine or needle, pins or sewing clips, 
  • iron, scissors, or rotary cutter plus cutting mat (I use this one by Olfa)
  • the free template that's available to all my newsletter subscribers with an exclusive password you get once you've confirmed your subscription (new subscribers: join here, existing subscribers: enter Freebie Library here with your password)

Baby Bib Pattern - Tutorial:

1) Decide on the size you need. Print the free PDF template (see below) to a piece of cardboard or paper. You'll cut two pieces of fabric from it, like this:
baby bib pattern

2) If you want your bib pieced like I did mine (see the piece on the left?), you'll first cut three pieces of fabric and stitch them together using a 1/4" seam allowance (0.7cm). 
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To make it super easy for you, I did all the measuring and here are the dimensions:
free bib pattern

You'll get these:
easy bib pattern

3) Then use the template to cut 2 pieces from fabric and 1 from interfacing, interlining or best a layer of terry cloth for maximum absorbance.

Now, a few words on absorbance and a suggestion for extra-drooly babies: use terry cloth as an interlining layer. Here's an image to show you options and from left to right, it's terry cloth, then thin woven fusible interfacing and batting. They are all good, but terry cloth will always be the preferred choice for me when sewing bibs.
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4) Place the terry cloth on a flat surface, then one piece of fabric right-side-up, and the other piece of fabric facing down (So the fabric will be RST, right sides together). Like this:
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5)Stitch around using a 3/8" or 1 cm seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 3" (7cm) gap at the bottom, for turning. Go slowly and use a short stitch length, it will make sewing curves a breeze.
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6) Trim down the terry cloth layer close to the stitching line to reduce bulk. Like this:
how to sew a baby bib

7) Then trim and notch the seam allowance on the fabric, using pinking shears, taking care not to snip into any stitches. I use my tiny and cute (and sharp!) polka-dot scissors to cut tiny V-shaped notches into the curved edge portions. One thing to remember: do not trim down the seam allowance of the 3" part that has not yet been sewn.
how to sew a baby bib

6) Turn right side out, using a point turner or a non-sharp object like a chopstick or a knitting needle.
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7) Press well, especially the opening. Topstitch around the bib, also closing the gap.

free baby bib pattern

8) Last step: add KAM snaps. If you haven't done that before, here's an easy tutorial for you:

free baby bib pattern

or a video slideshow, if you're more of a YouTube person:


It's easy and quick!

I hope this makes it super easy for you to sew a load of baby bibs, either for your own or your friends' babies. Enjoy! Also, make sure to get a coordinating free bandana bib pattern (here), a free baby sized earwarmer headband (here).

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Save this project for later so you remember how to use your free pattern:
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Or check out this popular pattern: Ultimate Diaper Clutch - a perfect baby welcoming gift every new mom would love to get!

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  1. Love that there are three sizes, and since I'm in the middle of making a baby quilt for a soon to be born little one, she'll enjoy those bibs! Thanks so much! Deb E / CA