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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Snap-on Bib with a Pocket

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It seems like any time we feature baby projects here on Sew4Home, they immediately rise to the top of everyone’s “must-do-now” lists. We think it’s because there are so many fun fabrics out there these days... especially at Fabric.com. You can choose everything from traditional bunnies and duckies, to bold graphics and colors, such as the modern prints we selected. There’s absorbent chenille on the bib’s back for protection against the twin terrors of fruit punch and mashed carrots, plus a special Cheerios® front pocket (sure... you can put anything you want in the pocket, but we all know it's really for Cheerios®). Download and print our pattern and follow the easy step-by-step instructions. You’ll have a bevy of bibs in no time. 

Our thanks to Fabric.com for originally sponsoring the Oh Baby! series. The Oh Deer! by MoMo fabric we chose is no longer readily available, but as mentioned above, the options for mixing and matching are wide and varied. We do offer a link to the chenille we used for the back as well detail on all the notions. 

Sewing Tools You Need

Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome 3160QDC)  

Fabric and Other Supplies

Supplies listed below are for ONE bib, however, the cuts shown are calculated to allow you to fussy cut a vertical motif. You will have more than enough fabric, and can make several bibs from the quantities specified.

  • ½ yard of 44-45" wide cotton fabric for bib front: we used 44" wide Sparrow in Bark from MoMo’s Oh Deer! collection for Moda for one bib and 44" wide Tiny Deer in Leaf from MoMo’s Oh Deer! collection for the second bib
  • ¼ yard 44-45” wide cotton twill fabric for bib pocket: we used 44” wide Dot Twill in Bark/Leaf from MoMo’s Oh Deer! collection 
  • ½ yard of 56-58" wide cotton chenille for the bib back: we used 58” 10 ounce cotton chenille in natural from Fabric.com  
  • One package of ½" double-fold bias tape: we used Wrights extra wide, double-fold bias tape in Mocha 
  • All-purpose sewing thread in colors to match fabric and bias tape
  • Snap setting tool  
    NOTE: See our tutorial for more information on installing metal snaps.
  • TWO size 16, long prong snap sets; the long prongs are necessary to go through the heavy chenille
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • See-through ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing board

Getting Started

  1. Download and print the Bib Bottom and Bib Top patterns. Print ONE copy of the Bib Top pattern. Print THREE copies of the Bib Bottom pattern.
    IMPORTANT: Each pattern consists of ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print these PDF files at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
  2. Cut out each pattern along the solid line.
  3. Butt one top and one bottom together to create the full pattern, following the assembly arrows drawn on the pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape together.
  4. With the remaining two bottom pieces, flip one over and tape the two pieces together in the center (at the fold line). Cut along the marked Pocket Line. This is your pocket pattern. 
    NOTE: If you would like to create a full bib pattern rather than cutting on the fold, you can print additional copies of the bottom and top pieces and flip one set to create an entire patten. This might be especially useful if you’d like to very precisely fussy cut the motif for the bib front. 
  5. Using the pattern (as noted on the pattern piece, you cut along the fold), cut ONE from the print fabric for each bib front and ONE from the chenille for each bib back. 
    NOTE: Make sure your fabric’s design motif as well as the ribs of the chenille run lengthwise along the pattern’s fold line.
  6. Using the pocket pattern, cut one one piece from the cotton twill.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Place your pocket piece right side up and flat on your work surface.
  2. Open up your package of bias tape binding. You'll notice the binding is folded so one edge is slightly longer than the other. For this project, you will encase the raw edges of the bib with the shorter fold on the front and the longer fold wrapped around to the back.
  3. Slip the bias tape over the top raw edge of the pocket piece and pin in place. Cut to length after you’ve pinned it in place.
  4. Edgestitch the bias tape in place.
  5. Place the bound pocket, right side up, on the right side of the bib front, aligning the bottom curved edges. 
  6. Place the bib front (with the pocket in place) wrong sides together with the chenille bib back. 
  7. Pin around the edges.
    NOTE: Chenille can be stretchy so don't be afraid to use plenty of pins to hold it in place. And, whenever you have dissimilar fabrics being sewn together, it’s best to stitch with the more difficult one (in this case the chenille) down, in order to let the feed dogs (those little grippy teeth in the plate below your presser foot) move it through the machine for you. Keep an even tension on the layers as they go through the machine. 
  8. Machine baste all the layers together ⅜" from the edge all the way around. This allows you to now treat the three pieces as one for the binding steps.
  9. Slip the bias binding over the edge and pin it in place all the way around. As you did above with the pocket, encase the raw edges with the shorter fold on the front and the longer fold wrapped around to the back. Start pinning your binding on the gentlest part of your curve; the place where it is the closest to being straight. On our bib pattern, that would be along the side. Do not stretch or pull the binding as you pin. Pin the binding through all layers as shown. 
    NOTE: If you are new to binding, applying binding around all these curves can look a little scary. Not to worry. Nice, neat binding is really all about practice, and going slowly and evenly, gradually feeding the fabric into the binding. Don't expect to just wrap, pin and stitch. Going too quickly or assuming everything stays put and never moves is where disappointment lurks: you pull it out of the machine and there's a big chunk of fabric that's slipped out and isn't captured within the binding. Save yourself some seam ripper time and some tears. Go nice and slow and feed a little bit at a time. If possible with your machine, set your needle so it stops in the down position; there's less worry about your stitches getting out of line. Slow and steady wins the race.
  10. When you reach the tight curve at the neck of the bib begin pinning across the curve and only pin through the top layer of binding into the bib. 
  11. Use lots of pins and carefully work your way around the curve slightly folding the fabric where necessary. 
  12. To smooth out the bigger folds you can even go back add more pins in between to divide up the extra fabric between the first set of pins.
  13. After you have worked your way around the curve on the top side, turn the piece over and repeat this process on the back side. Yes, it looks a little like a porcupine.
  14. Continue pinning until you reach the starting point and trim the end so it overlaps by approximately 1".
  15. Fold and press the end under ¼" and pin so that it overlaps the unfinished end of the binding.
  16. Thread your machine with thread to match the binding in both the top and bobbin. 
  17. Edgestitch the binding in place all around. If you are new to binding, you can use a zig zag stitch to stitch. A zig zag is more 'forgiving' than a straight stitch; in other words, your seam line can wobble a little without it being noticeable on the finished piece.
  18. Sew slowly and remove each pin as you come to it, easing the fabric into the binding as you go. To keep "on track", you can stop periodically, with your needle in the down position, and pivot your fabric slightly. Yes, we know... it looks like we went against our own words and sewed over pins... we did sew over some, but we stick by our company line about removing them as you go; it really is the best practice. You can hand baste the binding in place with smaller than usual stitches to hold it all together.
    NOTE: If you are new to working with working with packaged bias binding around curves, we have a similar bib tutorial that has a few additional step-by-step photos of the pinning and finishing that may be helpful to you. 
  19. Apply snaps to each end of the neck. If you are new to snap application, see our tutorial: How To Apply Metal Snaps to Fabric. As we mentioned in the supply list, the long prong snaps are recommended in order to make it through all the layers.
  20. Press well with steam. 


Project Design: Alicia Thommas 
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler



Comments (41)

bluejeanmamma said:
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For whatever reason I'm not able to adjust my printer for the test line to come out to 8 inches. I'm tried every adjustment I can find on my printer and I've printed 4 times. Each time my test line is 6 1/4 inches instead of 8. Usually I download the pattern and then I'm allowed to print "actual size". There seems to be no option for that with this pattern since it won't allow me to download the pattern piece.

Looking for something for baby shower gifts. I guess I'll try a different pattern.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ bluejean mamma - we tested the pattern links on the bib pattern above and everything is delivering correctly from our server. When you click on each link, it should open up a new window. From that window, you should simply be able to click pinrt, then set your printer to print actual size. There isn't anything different for this pattern than for others on the site, so hopefully if you have a chance to try it again, it will work for you.

Angela Jackson said:
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It would definitely work for me if it was to be waterproof, it just makes the clean up easier and saves a lot of time. I like that you used snaps as a closure for the bibs as it won't be easily pulled off by the baby.

sgwburton said:
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Step #10 is only a note . . . Should it say "Stitch all layers together" or something like that?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ sgwburton - no, all is correct. The numbering just got off there and so the note ended up with a number. It has been fixed. You are still pinning the binding in place at that point.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ DJ Dansby - good for you - nice job! Good luck with your new baby 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ bellsam - you could cut the pocket slightly larger so it bows open - but in doing so, you would probably want to add some heavy interfacing in order for the fabric to keep its bowed shape. 

mjsmom73 said:
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I love this project for my new nephew.  The fabrics used are so cute...

deede said:
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Such a quick project with such a great reward! Thanks for the great tute!

ir said:
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These bibs are absolutely adorable and the fabrics are simply scrumptious.  However, I'd like to point out that the name of the cereal referred to in the article is spelled Cheerios, not Cherrios.  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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Ha! Thanks- fixed that typo. Cheerios thanks you.

MarciaFlorida said:
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This is one of my favorite tutorials from this series. Cute bibs!

Laura Adams said:
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So cute - thanks for the pattern! Gotta go shopping for some fabric at fabric.com! PS - they have white chenille in stock right now. It is really hard to find!

Anonymous said:
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With 2 grandbabies on the way these projects are just the inspiration I need. thanks

vickit said:
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I just love this tutorial and can very well make good use of it with two grandchildren that are 1 yr old or younger. I love the cotton chenille used on the back too.

dmarie006 said:
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The fabric that I like the most is Riley Blake Zoofari.  It cam be used for a lot of different things.  I'd like to see a pattern for a shopping cart over.  As your baby grows up and has to sit in the cart, I'd rather them not get all the germs from the cart as well.

Crisa said:
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These bibs would make great gifts. I love the Animal Parade fabric by Ana Davis at fabric.com! I would like to learn how to make a highchair cover.

chrissherman said:
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Recently found out both of my girls are expecting again! Was glad to see this, as I hate velcro on bibs, it seems to stick to everything in the dryer and ruins lighter weight fabrics.

EmilyH said:
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I recently found some adorable robot prints on fabric.com and plan on using one of them if my baby (who is due this spring) is a boy. I'd also love to see tutorials on how to make a crib sheet.

SunnySewing said:
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I love all the flannel, minky and fleece over at Fabric.com; however, I've always had a soft spot for Pooh.  I'd pick my favorite to be sleepy Pooh Nursery Sleepy Z's in Cream.  

As for projects, I'd love to see a baby sling on here.  One that goes over your shoulder and holds the baby close to you. 

Thanks for the chance to win!

The Lucky Ladybug said:
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My favorite baby fabric is Michael Miller Gypsy Bandana Gypsy Paisley Pink/Lime and I'd love to see more diaper bag designs :)

The Lucky Ladybug said:
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My favorite baby fabric is Michael Miller Gypsy Bandana Gypsy Paisley Pink/Lime and I'd love to see more diaper bag designs :)

SKWestDesigns said:
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Great Job!  I love this idea and it would be great to use my cute fabric scraps to make some baby shower gifts.

Anonymous said:
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The bibs are very cute. Now I have one place to go to find Oh Baby! ideas - sew4home!

Meghan said:
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I am having the hardest time finding Grandma and Grandpa bibs to put in the "Grandparent Survival Basket" I'm giving our parents this Christmas. This is perfect! I can add their names with my embroidery machine and no more hunting the dark aisles of the baby stores!

StonyBrook said:
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I made 2 of the Pretty Bird Snap-on bibs and was really excited to do it, as I am just starting to sew anything other than quilts.  My daughter is a very serious drooler and can NEVER have enough bibs.  Soooo, I'll have to try one or two of these as well!  Thanks for all of the great tutorials and patterns; this is a wonderful website!

Eva @ CraftDNA said:
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You guys are so talented! Loved this project and will share on Twitter and FB!  


Dinah said:
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This weekend I just learned I'm going to be a great-aunt.. perfect timing for this post!  Thank you so much!