Brighten up mealtimes with this cute appliqué baby bib.

How to make a baby bib

Finished size: 24cm wide x 34cm long. The neck circumference is 26cm. For a larger neck size, increase the scoop of the neck when cutting out. Use 1cm seam allowances.

You will need

  • Tracing paper, pencil and scissors
  • One 36 x 38cm piece of floral cotton fabric
  • One 28 x 38cm piece of low loft (thin) wadding
  • 15cm square of pale blue cotton fabric
  • Paper-backed fusible webbing
  • An iron
  • Cotton embroidery thread in pink and black
  • Embroidery needle
  • One small button
  • Pins
  • Matching sewing thread and sewing machine
  • Velcro hook and loop fastening

How to make a baby bib

  1. Enlarge the baby bib template on a photocopier by 400% and trace on to folded tracing paper. Use to cut out one front and one back piece from the floral fabric (leaving a little fabric for the bird wing) and one piece from the wadding. Templates for baby bib sewing pattern
  2. Enlarge the bird body and wing templates by 230% and trace on to tracing paper. Use to cut out the bird body from the blue fabric and to cut a wing from the leftover floral fabric. Cut a body and wing piece from the webbing.
  3. Position the bird body and wing right side up on to the webbing pieces, with the paper underneath. Press with an iron on a low setting.
  4. Remove the paper from the back of the bird body and place on to the middle of the front floral baby bib piece and press. Repeat for the wing piece, positioning on the bird body piece and press.
  5. Using three strands of pink embroidery thread, sew a running stitch near to the outside edge of the bird body.
  6. Using three strands of black embroidery thread, sew the beak, legs and feet, using back stitch. Position and sew on the button for the eye.
  7. Place the wadding on a flat surface, then the back baby bib piece right side up and the front baby bib piece right side down. Pin the three layers together and carefully machine stitch all the way round, using a 1cm seam allowance and leaving a 7cm gap at the side for turning through.
  8. Trim the seam allowance and carefully snip into the curves. Turn right side out through the gap and carefully push into the curved areas. Sew the side opening with matching thread.
  9. Sew two small pieces of Velcro where the straps overlap at the back of the neck.