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Valentine’s Bib & Burp Cloth Tutorial

January 23, 2014
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Do you have a baby in your life (or in your near future)??  If so, why not make them an adorable and VERY useful gift for Valentine’s Day?  A festive bib and burp cloth set!  If you’re a parent, then you know how many bibs babies (even toddlers) go through in a day.  It also always seems that feeding times just also happen to be the best photo ops!  With this bib, your baby will look very stylish while he’s getting messy and photographed!

Here’s the set:

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Heart bib / burp cloth set just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Sewing this set is really pretty easy.  Once you make these, you’ll be dying to make more in other patterns for the next holiday!!

First, here’s what you’ll need (besides thread and a sewing machine):

  • Half yard of front fabric (mine front fabric is Hearts in Bright by Ann Kelle).
  • Half yard of backing fabric.  I LOVE this White Cotton Chenille for the back of bibs and burp cloths.  SO soft and SO absorbent!
  • Snaps and snap setter.  You can also buy this set if you’re not planning to do a bunch of bibs (snap tool doesn’t work quite as well or last as long in my experience).

Next … you need templates for the bib and burp cloth.  I simply traced an existing bib I already had.  For the bib, fold a piece of paper in half and trace half an existing bib (or freehand the shape similar to the one below).  Cut the half of bib out, unfold paper and you should have a symmetrical bib.  You can then trace this onto cardboard if you plan to use this template in the future.

Same process with the burp cloth.  My template, that I’ve used hundreds of times, is half a burp cloth.  I trace this onto fabric (except center line), flip over center line, and trace the top half.

Here are the approximate dimensions and shapes of my {very well used} templates:

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Up next … cutting your fabric pieces:

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Using bib template, trace shape onto backside of fabric.

See that faint line??

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Bib shape traced onto front fabric

And the backing fabric, just cut a rectangle large enough to cover the shape of the bib (no tracing required):

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Cut the backing fabric in a rectangle

Now … put the pieces together:

  • Lay the backing fabric face UP
  • Set your front fabric face DOWN on top of the backing fabric
  • Pin ’em in place
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Right sides of both fabrics are facing each other (you should only see the wrong sides!!!)

Next … the sewing part (it’s about time, right?):

  • Starting at the bottom, backstitch when starting, then sew around entire bib just inside the outlined shape
  • Leave a gap at the bottom (DO NOT SEW ALL THE WAY CLOSED).  Gap should be 1.5″ – 2″ to allow you to flip the bib in just a minute.
  • Backstitch when you stop sewing.


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Sew bib … make sure to leave gap along bottom!

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Leave gap … don’t sew all the way closed


Grab those scissors, and trim the fabric all around your bib (just outside the stitching you just created).  Leave a bit of extra fabric as shown over the gap (you’ll need this extra to tuck inside your bib when you flip it).

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Trim fabric from around bib

Flip!!  Best part!

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Flip bib right side out (you might need a tool to help … I use a wooden dowel rod).

And now, iron that baby so the edges are sharp and the fabric along gap is tucked neatly inside:

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Tuck that fabric into the gap

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Iron entire bib!

And a little more sewing …

You’ll want to topstitch to close gap, and then around entire bib.  I think the topstitch adds a little style AND makes the bibs more durable!

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Topstitch bib


Now add snaps:

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Each bib requires a four part snap.

Press the top of the snap into your fabric:

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Press in top of snap

From the other side, set the other half of snap in place on prongs.

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Back half of snap

Making sure the back and front are lined up … squeeze the setter tool and ‘set’ snap.

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Squeeze snap pieces together

Do the same to the other side.


Repeat exact same process for burp cloth (all except the snap part).

Soon you’ll have this:

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Bib and Burp Cloth set for that stylish baby!

Not too bad, right?  I see homemade baby gifts for everyone in your future!

Just think of all the fun fabrics you could use to make these!!

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Bibs and more Bibs (and Burp cloths)!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another organizing project (jewelry this time …).


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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) January 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    These are just precious!! I need some little ones asap to make these for :)

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:41 am

      Better get on that, Angela :) Thanks for the comment!

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living January 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I made so many things for Scarlett when I was pregnant and bored, I wish I wouldve done this project. These are super cute and must be so comfortable with the soft backing. PS- Your tutorials are great, very clear and easy to follow. I need to take a page from your book on my next tutorial.

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

      Thanks, Sonnet! I always feel like the steps get a jumbled together in my head when I’m writting tutorials. Glad they make sense!

  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane January 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I love these. I have a brand new nephew and I’m sure my sis in law would love me to make her one. I may even have the supplies already too.

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:43 am

      Congrats on the new lil’ nephew! Yes, make one!!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney January 24, 2014 at 2:31 am

    These are adorable! I never made anything like this for my boys. This would be a great gift for any new mom.

    I wish my kids were still small enough to wear a bib, not that they ever did. Now all I need to do is learn to sew! Maybe when you decide to get out of that cold weather and come to the sunshine state you can teach me!!

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Ha! Yes … I’m coming down as we speak. Had enough of this weather!! School was closed again, due to the ‘dangerous cold’. Yuck. Teaching you to sew in the warm weather sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Gloria @ Simply Gloria January 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I may be done with babies myself (my oldest is 22!), but someone else is always popping out the babies! And, I’d love to make this for someone for a gift. It’s so darn cute! I’m so happy you shared this with us at the SSS party this morning, Katie… pinning on the party board and on my other boards!
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  • Reply Diana Rambles January 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Cute! Pinned!!
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  • Reply Kimberly@atimetofreeze January 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Love this tutorial! Pinning! Thank you and stopping by from motivation Monday.
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  • Reply Becca January 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Well, these are absolutely darling! Stopping over from Blackberry Vine (pin :)

  • Reply Katie January 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks, Becca! So glad you stopped over and left a note! Have a great week!
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  • Reply Cindy Eikenberg January 28, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Hi Katie – this is so adorable and the fabric pattern is just too cute! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you have a happy Tuesday and a wonderful week!
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    • Reply Katie January 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Cindy, and thanks for the party! Have a great rest of your week!
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  • Reply Ruth January 28, 2014 at 7:54 am

    These are adorable! I think I might have to have another baby just so I can justify making these cute bibs! No, seriously, I’m pinning this idea so I’ll have something to bring to the next baby shower I’m invited to.
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    • Reply Katie January 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Ruth! They do make great gifts!! Have a good rest of your week, and have fun making these!!
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  • Reply Corey @ Tinysidekick January 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I love these. One of my favorite sections at the fabric store is the baby area. And even though I don’t have a need for it anymore I still buy it cause I love all the prints. This would be a great use for my stash and make great gifts. I’d love for you to come share at The Makers link party going on right now at Hope to see you there!

    • Reply Katie January 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      I’ll be over to share! Thanks for stopping by, and for the note! Hope you’re having a good week …
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  • Reply rea January 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

    that is super adorbs katie! i would have tried making this if i still have a baby♥
    hey thanks for sharing this over at The DIY’ers!

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  • Reply Sara January 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    This is super cute. I want to try to make a bib for my 3 month old! Thanks for the tutorial.

    I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday (
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    • Reply Katie January 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sara. I’ll be over to link up shortly … thanks for the invite!
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  • Reply Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog January 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    These are SO cute! Love the heart pattern! Pinning! (Visiting via Fluster’s Creative Muster #56)

  • Reply Christie January 28, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    so cute!! I love all your fun fabric too :)
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  • Reply Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage January 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I pinned it! It’s a great tutorial. I do have a baby or two in my friends’ futures.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage!

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  • Reply Maria José Alejos January 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Magnífico tutorial que pongo en práctica ya para Martina y Elsa que llegan a nuestras vidas el próximo mes de Abril y Mayo.
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  • Reply Ginger January 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Adorable! Such a cute fabric print. And I love the idea of just tracing the pattern and sewing around the lines instead of trying to do all that cutting. Such a time saver! I found you via Fluster Buster. If you’re interested, I’d love if stopped by and shared this at my weekly Show & Tell party.
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  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY January 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    These are adorable! I wish I had done stuff like this when my boys were babies. Thanks for linking it up this week!
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  • Reply Jessi @ Practically Functional January 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Oh these are too cute, and that fabric is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this at Creativity Unleashed; pinning it for sure!
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  • Reply claire February 1, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party last weekend :)

    Your awesome project is featured this week ..

    Looking forward to seeing what projects you have bee working on this week, claire xo
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  • Reply Emily February 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

    i LOVE this fabric…. adorable!! Thanks for linking up to Create Link Inspire! I’ve featured this project in my fabric weekend features and shared it all over the social media world. Would love for you to spread the word as well and pop over to check it out! EMily@nap-timecreations

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  • Reply Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog February 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Katie! These are so, so cute! Pinning to my “I Dream of Sewing” board so I can attempt them when I get brave enough to try out a sewing machine again, lol. Thanks so much for sharing at Hit Me with Your Best Shot! Have a great week!

    ~Abby =)
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  • Reply Lindsay February 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks! I have some of the white cotton chenille and didn’t know what it was. I think I may have enough to whip up some bibs. My little one has been drooling like crazy!!
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    • Reply Katie February 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Ha! Once they’re done drooling, then it’s food all over! :) The chenille works wonders! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Katie July 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    best tutorial and cutest bib I’ve came across. thanks

    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      So happy it was helpful, Katie! I’d love to see what you made if you ever are in the mood to share :). Thanks for leaving a note … made my night!

  • Reply Robyn July 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I love the look of the white raggy edges. Will that show if your using chenille or terry? Thank you for the tutorial. I want to make some of these for my new grandson!

    • Reply Katie July 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hi Robyn,
      Thanks for the comment! I use cotton chenille (I buy mine at I just love this for bibs and burp cloths because it’s super soft and absorbent!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Rob O'Neill July 31, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Very creative and eye-catching! This tutorial is the best. I love the fabric that you use. This is really perfect for Valentines. For sure, many mothers made this too.

  • Reply Pam September 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    great tutorial, I whipped some of these up for my new grand daughter, I used some saved cloth diapers
    and put in between the flannel layers , made them a little cushy but oh so cute!

    • Reply Katie October 3, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, Pam!! Glad you were able to use it! Thanks for the note!

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