Bandana Bib Tutorial with Free PDF Pattern

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I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Rei Baby is going through an Extreme Dribbling phase and my mid-wife informed me this morning that it’s about to get worse. I’m not a huge bib fan, mainly due to their look, and somewhere in my mind bibs are reserved for eating and not constant dribbling. Enter the Bandana Bib tutorial!

Because Rei Baby tends to hold her chin low, and I’m still a new Mum worrying that she is going to be accidentally choked, I’ve designed this Bandana Bib to be cut low in the front with plenty of free room around her throat.

Rei Baby x 5 wearing Bandana Bib

MATERIALS

  • 20 x 50cm piece of fabric for the front (I used cotton)
  • 20 x 50cm piece of fabric for the reverse (I used a knit but have also made some with flannelette – basically any soft fabric will work)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Button
  • Printed copy of the PDF Pattern located below
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

Note – I used a 1cm seam allowance.

Bandana Bib with Free PDF Pattern – Directions

  1. Cut the PDF pattern out along the outline.
  2. Pinning the pattern along the fold of your fabric, cut one each from your front and reverse fabrics.
  3. Pin the fabric pieces, right sides together.
  4. Starting at the right red dot, sew around the edge of the fabric pieces in a clockwise direction until you reach the left red dot. You can use an overlocker if you have it, or if you are like me and don’t, use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine then trim the edges of any excess fabric.
  5. Turn the bib right-side out and iron flat. Fold the fabric of your open edges in so that they align with the opposite side and iron before pinning closed.
  6. Using your sewing machine, neatly stitch an edge all the way around your bib – use the Edge Stitch Foot if you have it.
  7. Using the line with circle crossing it symbol on the pattern as a guide, sew a button hole on the right side and attach a button on the left. You can use press studs, velcro or snaps if you prefer.
  8. If you have them, sew a DIY Custom Printed Fabric Tag onto the reverse of your bib.
  9. All done!

All of the materials that I have used in this tutorial were purchased from Spotlight.

Print and cut out the pattern which you can find here :Baby Bandana Bib Pattern

(Edited 22nd March 2016: For some reason many people have had troubles opening the pattern so if you have troubles, please use this link which is the only other link I have. Thanks Dan xxx)

 

1. Cut the PDF pattern out along the outline.

BBB 1

2. Pinning the pattern along the fold of your fabric, cut one each from your front and reverse fabrics.

FREE Baby Bandana Bib Tutorial with PDF Pattern by What Dan Did Next3. Pin the fabric pieces, right sides together.

FREE Baby Bandana Bib Tutorial with PDF Pattern by What Dan Did Next4. Starting at the right red dot, sew around the edge of the fabric pieces in a clockwise direction until you reach the left red dot. You can use an overlocker if you have it, or if you are like me and don’t, use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine then trim the edges of any excess fabric.

BBB 4 5.  Turn the bib right-side out and iron flat. Fold the fabric of your open edges in so that they align with the opposite side and iron before pinning closed.

 

BBB 5 BBB 6 6. Using your sewing machine, neatly stitch an edge all the way around your bib – use the Edge Stitch Foot if you have it.

BBB 7 7. Using the line with circle crossing it symbol on the pattern as a guide, sew a button hole on the right side and attach a button on the left. You can use press studs, velcro or snaps if you prefer.

BBB 8 8. If you have them, sew a DIY Custom Printed Fabric Tag onto the reverse of your bib.

BBB 9

All done!

Here’s my cheeky little Rei Baby posing for the camera in her new Bandana Bib made by Mummy 🙂

Rei Baby x 5 wearing Bandana Bib

If you make one of the Bandana Bibs, or someone makes one for you, let me know how you go. Rei Baby is still wearing hers months after I made them. I think they will do us until she stops dribbling!

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Comments (18)

  1. Natalie Dawn

    My lil love is dribble pot too Dan… I will definately give these a go!

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    1. whatdandidnext@outlook.comwhatdandidnext@outlook.com (Post author)

      They’re so cute on to! Let me know if you have any questions about the pattern and good luck!

      Reply
  2. Shanny

    hey! I love this! Just wondering what size is your pattern for and how big does it fit up to? Thanks!

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    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Hey Shanny, I’m so glad you love the pattern! The finished product has a neck allowance of approximately 34cm. My daughter is almost 9 months old and she is still wearing the bibs in the original size. I can actually button up the Bandana Bib around my own neck, though admittedly, it is a tight fit and doesn’t look half as cute on me 🙂

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  3. Jen

    I can not seem to get to the free PDF pattern

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    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Hi Jen, thanks for checking out my blog and the Bandana Bib Tutorial! My links don’t show in blue, they’re pink instead, so sorry about any confusion. Here is the link directly to the pattern: /wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Bandana-Bib-Pattern.pdf. Hopefully that works for you, but if not let me know. I’d love to hear how your sewing turns out too :). Dan x

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  4. Lee

    Thanks for the cute pattern. Can this be worn safely while baby sleeps? I want to make one with a safe method to attach (and detach) a pacifier. My granddaughter was always dropping hers or throwing it out of the crib, and I’d like to help my other son prevent this with his soon to be born son.

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    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      I’m glad you like the pattern Lee, I had a lot of fun with this one! My daughter is the same, always dropping her pacifier (although sometimes she throws it right across the room just to get out attention…). Personally I wouldn’t recommend wearing something like this while bub is sleeping, in case they roll and the bib gets caught under them. You can buy Pacifier straps, or alternately a lot of my friends place up to 5 pacifiers in the bed with bub, just so they can always find one when they roll. Dan x

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  5. Lisa

    Hey there! Such a cute pattern thank you!
    Can you tell me at what age/size did your daughter start wearing this bib? and what would you think the max age/size it would fit up to?

    Reply
    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Thanks Lisa, I just love this pattern. It’s so easy to make and you get lots of wear our of it. My daughter was about 3 months old when she started wearing it and some days, I still put in on her. She’s almost 17 months old now and they still fit! Hope that helps – Dan X

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  6. Lisa

    Not sure if I’m posting this twice or if my previous comment didn’t post as i can’t see it, I apologize if I’m double posting…

    Thank you for the pattern it is cute. Was wondering what size/age your daughter started wearing the bib and what would be the max size/age they would fit?
    Thanks so much 🙂

    Reply
    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Hahaa not a worry! I’ve answered but incase you missed it, she started wearing them at 3 months and still wears them now at nearly 17 months – Dan X

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  7. Nikki

    Hello, I love it! But the link doesn’t work. Could you e-mail the pattern? Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Happy sewing Nikki xxx

      Reply
  8. amy

    I made the bib according to the pattern and it was way too small for my 4 month old and it did not lay right so that there was bulky amount of materials on the sides. I like the idea but did not work according to plan.

    Reply
    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Oh sorry to hear that Amy 🙁 When making the pattern I did design directly for my little girl, and it’s perfect for her, but not all bubbas are the same… Dan x

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  9. liz

    hi what kind of cotton is the fabric ! i don’t know which to buy! 🙁

    Reply
    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Hi Liz, I’ve used both a cotton drill and more lightweight cotton. It just depends on your preference and the cool prints available. I hope that helps – Dan xxx

      Reply

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