How to Make Baby Bibs From Tea Towels

By Jessica Westover
The tea towel's fibers create an absorbent surface for the bib.

Developing babies can make quite a mess when being fed. Bibs create a layer of protection between the baby's mouth and clothes. Use a tea towel to create a longer bib to protect more of your baby's outfit. Homemade tea towel bibs are inexpensive and easy to make. The soft fibers of the towel will catch and absorb spills, keeping your baby clean. You can make your bib as simple or decorative as you prefer. Add fabric paint, embroidery or lace for personalization.

Place the tea towel right-side-down on a flat surface. Fold one of the shorter ends inward 5 inches, and smooth the fold with your hands. If the towel is new, you may want to pre-wash it so any shrinkage occurs before you begin.

Determine the center point along the fold using a fabric measuring tape. Mark the point with a fabric pencil. Make two additional marks, 2 to 2 1/2 inches on either side of the center mark. Connect the two outer marks by drawing a circular line between them. This mark indicates the position of neck hole for the bib.

Cut through both layers of the towel, along the marked line with a pair of scissors. Discard the cut-out circle of fabric. Cut a 5-inch-long slit in the center of the folded over portion of the towel. The slit should run from the neck hole to the towel's edge. This will be the back side of the bib.

Finish the cut edges of the towel with double-fold bias tape. Position one edge of the tape along the cut edge of the towel. Press down and smooth flat. Turn the towel over and bend the loose edge of the tape up and over the towel's edge. Press the tape down to secure. Repeat this process around the neck hole and second straight edge.

Cut two pieces of Velcro, 1 inch in length. Position the soft Velcro pieces 1 inch apart on the right hand side of the bib's back. The pieces should be facing upwards. Glue both pieces in place with hot glue. Glue the hooked Velcro pieces 1 inch apart on the left hand side of the bib's back. These pieces should be attached to the wrong side of the bib so that they are facing down. Make sure that their position matches the spacing of the Velcro on the opposite side.

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You may create a larger neck hole if needed. Add lace to the edge of the bib for a girl.