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Bandana Style Baby Drool Bibs with Binky Leash
Babies drool. It’s their job. Drooling is normal through the first two years of life since full control of swallowing and the muscles of the mouth isn’t fully developed until 18 – 24 months. Plus, babies who are teething amp up the drool factor. It’s kind of adorable, especially when they blow little bubbles, but it’s also rather messy and can cause the need for frequent changes of clothing as tops are soaked through. Our smallish bandana style drool bibs are a great way to keep your babe clean and dry… and cutie pie.
We have three sizes of patterns to download below. Each has the same triangular bandana shape. The Small Bib (for 0 – 6 months) finishes at approximately 12½” snap to snap, and about 6½” neck to point. The Medium Bib (for 6 months to 1 year) is 13½” snap to snap, and 7” neck to point. And the Large Bib (a Toddler size 2-3) is approximately 14½” snap to snap, and about 7½” neck to point.
The bandana shape is super popular because of how it crumples slightly under baby’s chin. It’s a comfy fit that easily catches the drool. The fleece we chose for the back is soft, absorbent, and launders beautifully. You’ll want to use a single sided, lightweight fleece so it’s not too thick.
We used a larger Babyville plastic snap for the neck snap and a Dritz® Fashion Plastic Grommet to hold the Binky Leash. Both options look great and hold up well to frequent washing. That said, you could certainly also use a standard metal snap and metal grommet.
The Binky Leash is a simple ribbon with double snap loops. One end goes through the bib grommet and the opposite end holds onto the the binky. We recommend removing the leash prior to laundering.
Although our samples were made with babies in mind, the Large Bib could also be an option for older special needs children. Or, adapt the pattern to an even larger width and depth as required. The construction steps are the same at any size.
Each bib takes just small fabric cuts for the front and back. We used the same classic white fleece for the back of all three of our samples, purchasing new yardage for this, but all the fabric for the fronts came from our S4H stash. Fabric with vertically directional prints are nice as they can be fussy cut to feature a cute repetitive motif, like our foxes and octopi or a stripe, like our classic pink and white stripe on the smallest bib.
The recommended half yard cuts shown below will give you enough vertical height to cut any of the bib sizes, but are obviously more than needed for a single bib. Your best plan would be to download and print the patterns to use as a guide as you sort through your scrap stash for the perfect options or to gauge exactly the cut size you’ll need to buy based on your fabric’s motif.
And, if you’re looking for a great gift idea, one or more of these sweet bibs, with pacifiers in place, would be welcome at any baby shower.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Sewing Machine and standard presser foot
Fabric and Other Supplies
NOTE: The supplies listed below are for one bib. The exact scrap dimensions will depend on which size bib you choose to make.
- Scrap or ½ yard of 44”+ wide quilting weight cotton in an adorable print for the front of the bib
- Scrap or ½ yard of 44”+ wide lightweight fleece in a coordinating solid for the back of the bib
NOTE: As mentioned above, ½ yard cuts will give you enough vertical height to cut any of the bib sizes, but are obviously more than needed for a single bib. Your best plan would be to download and print the patterns and use these as a guide to sort through your scrap stash for the perfect options or to gauge exactly the cut size you’ll need based on your fabric’s motif.
- ⅓ yard of ⅜” wide ribbon or twill tape for the Binky Leash; we used white grosgrain ribbon
- TWO metal snaps for the Binky Leash; we used Dritz No. 15 (⅜”) Snap Fasteners and the accompanying Dritz Snap Pliers
- ONE ½” grommet for the Binky Leash; we used a Dritz coated plastic ½” Fashion Grommet in white, which comes with setting tools
- ONE plastic snap for the back of the bib; we used a Babyille Size No. 24 (15mm) white plastic snap and the accompanying Babyville Setting Tools
- All purpose thread to match fabric
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and ironing board
- Straight pins
Getting Started and Pattern Download
- Download and print the THREE pattern pieces – one for each size of bib. These three pieces have been bundled into one PDF file to make the download easier. You can choose which size(s) you want to print.
IMPORTANT: This pattern download consists of THREE 8½” x 11″ sheets. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a guide rule on each sheet to confirm your printout it to scale.
- Cut out the pattern pieces along the solid lines. The Small and Medium sizes are both just one piece that will be cut on the fold; the Large size is two pieces. Butt together these two pieces at the arrows as indicated. Do not overlap. Tape together to form the complete Large pattern, which will also be cut on the fold.
- Using the pattern size of your choice, cut ONE on the fold from the quilting cotton for the front of the bib.
- We made sure we carefully placed and fussy cut each of our samples to center a cute vertical motif for the front of each bib.
- Press the bib front so it is nice and flat.
- Use the pressed bib front as a pattern to cut the bib back from the fleece.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Place the bib front and bib back right sides together. The raw edges of both layers should be flush all around. Pin all around, leaving an approximate 3” opening along one side for turning.
- Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch all around. Remember to lock the seam at either side of the 3” opening, to pivot at the point of the bib, and to go slowly around the small curves at the upper “arms” of the bib. These are small curves; go slowly, stopping as needed with the needle in the down position to readjust and keep a smooth curve.
- Trim off the point and clip the curves.
- Turn right side out through the opening. Press flat from the front – fleece is not a fan of direct heat from an iron. Fold in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam when pressed.
- Re-thread the machine with thread to best match the front fabric in the top and to best match the fleece in the bobbin. Slightly lengthen the stitch.
- Edgestitch around the entire perimeter of the bib. This flattens and layers and keeps them from shifting, and it also closes the opening used for turning.
- Using the original paper pattern as your guide, mark the position for the upper neck snap and the bottom Binky Leash grommet.
- Insert the snap halves and the grommets. If you are new to working with either of these notions, you can review our tutorial on Inserting Grommets and Eyelets as well as on Using Babyville Plastic Snaps.
- This handy leash is a simple ribbon with two snaps.
- Cut the ribbon to 11”.
- Fold back each raw end of the ribbon ½”. This gives you a doubled layer that is enough to capture the raw edge of the ribbon within the snap halves and provides a little tab to help pull apart the snap.
- The stud half of each snap set should be centered over this folded back edge. The socket half of each snap set is 2½” from the stud. Mark these points with a fabric pen or pencil.
- The ribbon and the snap are essentially the same width, so be careful that you center the snap halves over your marked positions.
- Insert the two snaps at the marked positions. If you are brand new to this technique, you can review our full Metal Snaps tutorial prior to starting the project.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever
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where do you get your PUL ?? I had Joann’s order some for me but had to buy 2 yards..and that is a lot for a few bibs..
We didn’t use PUL for this particular project. We have a local retail source as well as quite a bit in our stash :-). It’s always useful as a lining, so having a couple yards in your own stash is aways handy.
Is it possible to make this with knit or double muslin? It seems this would be more absorbent? Thanks so much!
Hi Nutmeg – We chose the combination of quilting cotton and fleece because it was both absorbent and easy to launder. As always, you are always welcome to try any fabrics you’d like :-). The only caution would be to stay away from anything too stiff as that wouldn’t be very comfortable for a baby to wear – especially in this shape. Enjoy the project – it is super popular!
These are adorable, thank you so much for sharing. Just wondering how safe are all the snaps and grommets for the babies and young children? Always worried when they put this stuff in their mouths….
Hi Shellie — these cute bibs have been downloaded and made hundreds of times with no problems or concerns. We used – and recommended above – plastic coated snaps (the same type of snaps used on baby clothes, etc) and grommets, which means both are easy to launder and keep clean.
Merci beaucoup pour vos patrons de bavoirs bandanas, ils sont très jolis et assez faciles à réaliser. 👍🏼
Hi Nancy, You are welcome! They really are fast, easy… and fun 🙂
Merci beaucoup pour votre partage ❣❣❣
Hi Nadine – You are welcome – enjoy!
This is the best pattern I’ve found.
It’s very well explained,photos are super helpful and my bibs turned out super cute.
Hi Andressa – Thank you for letting us know about your project success. Enjoy the bibs! And… we hope you come back often for more inspiration.
I cant get the pattern.
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Hi Sara – sorry you’re having trouble. We’ve checked the pattern download link and everything is delivering correctly from our server, using two different browsers and three different devices. I’m afraid that means it’s something on your end. Perhaps try closing the page and re-loading it. And, make sure you have the latest version of the free Adobe Reader software. You might also want to confirm that your browser is up to date. There are so many different browsers, versions, platforms, etc. that it’s really impossible for us to troubleshoot long distance. If you search on Google for that error… Read more »
I can download and see the patterns, but when I download the PDF for the tutorial, there is nothing there…just a black screen. Knowing that most of these problems are “user error” I have also just re-downloaded my Adobe Reader, but still have the same problem. HELP! What changed on your end?
Well I tried one last thing. I clicked on the PDF button and when the PDF file opened, rather than just clicking on the black download arrow and saving the PDF, I “opened” THAT. When I could see the whole PDF tutorial on my screen on my computer, then I “saved as” from that screen. I have NEVER had to download that way from this site. Seems like a glitch to me, but it’s possible I am the glitch also.
Hi Kay — Glad to know that it finally worked out for you. We’ve double-checked the project PDF from our end on different browsers and different devices (desktop, laptop, and phone) and the PDF is delivering correctly in all instances. There are so many different combinations of platforms, computers, printers, software, etc.x10… it’s almost impossible to know what might have caused an issue for you. We haven’t changed anything on our end — other than making it easier to find the PDF button in the share bar :-). Again, the best news is that you were able to get what… Read more »
Hi! I was wondering how can I copy the explanations & pictures ?
I would like to have them on my cumputer!
Thank you for your help!!
Hi Myriam – When you’re in the article, look along the left side for a vertical bar that says “SHARE”. You can use those quick buttons to share on social, email, save to PDF or print. Sometimes it takes just a second for the bar to pop up while you scroll down the page, but once there, it stays there :-). If you use the free Adobe Reader, your PDF print window should allow you to select the pages you wish to print, which would allow you to skip the intro pages and just retain the instructions if the number… Read more »
Hi! Do I have to add seam allowance or is it already calculated in the pattern (sorry, english isn’t my language:) I didn’t found notice about it in the tutorial
@Silvia – Yes, as you can see on the photos, there is a dashed line on the pattern pieces — that is the seam allowance line. So, yes, it is already part of the pattern piece. And, within the instructions, the seam allowance is indicated. It is 1/4″. Have fun!
Cute pattern! Have you tried this using cotton flannel and terry cloth?
@Louise – We haven’t done in samples of this bib design in that specific combo, but do have other bibs in standard cotton and terry cloth and so know that is a nice pairing. In this case, it would be a just a bit bulky around the seam line – especially at the point, but if you clip and grade the seam allowance, I think it would be just fine. Let us know how it turns out!
Awesome tutorial!!!…and really appreciate the FREE download of the pattern…TFS ♥
@Debbie – You are so welcome. These little bibs are super popular. Have fun! Stay safe and sew 🙂
Great pattern and tutorial. Thank you!
@Lori – Thank you! Enjoy!!
You have a pin to pin on
You have a pin to pin on Pinterest, never able to save!
@Evski – Sorry to hear you
@Evski – Sorry to hear you are having trouble pinning. We tested on our end and could not replicate the saving issue you describe. The Pin button at the bottom of the page (the one along with all the social media icons) gives you a page that shows all the images you can choose from to save. If you don’t want to use that, you can also roll over an image with your mouse and the Pinterest “Save” button will show up allowing you to save.