How to make a Bandana Bib

My name is Anoushka. I’m married to my Husband Alister we have 2 boys, Jackson aged 11 years and Hugo aged 7 months. I work full time as a technical trainer in an engineering environment and decided I needed something girly in my life! I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew so back in April this year I decided to buy Hilda (my Toyota DFL machine) and join a weekly evening sewing class at my local community centre.
I absolutely love the classes and I’m learning so many new things every week. I’ve now got the confidence to try out new projects at home, the bandana bib being one of my favourites as I had been spending a small fortune on buying these bibs from businesses online at around £4-5 each! I can now make 4 of these bibs for the same price using brand new material (patterned cotton backed with fleece) but this design can also be made even cheaper using old baby grows/clothes lined with flannelette sheets or virtually anything else you can find.
I personally love using button fasteners on this design as there are so many to chose from and they look so cute but you can use popper fasteners or velcro (new or from old clothing) if you like.
How to make a Bandana Bib
You will need:
  • Material for bib front (cotton, old baby grow etc)
  • Material for bib back (can be the same as the front but for this I used fleece as it’s lovely, soft and absorbent)
  • Matching thread
  • A button or any other type of fastener
  • Pins
  • 1 x A3 sheet of paper
  • Pen
  • Paper scissors
  • Dressmaking scissors
  • Small sharp embroidery scissors or scalpel (to cut inside button hole)
  • Sewing machine
  • Button hole foot (if you chose to use a button)
  • Dressmakers chalk or pencil
  • Hand sewing kit (to sew on the button)

Step by step:

1. Take an A3 piece of paper and lay it down on a flat surface

2. Fold the bottom right corner up until it meets the left edge
3. Fold the bottom left corner up until it meets the right edge
4. Using a ruler and pen mark a line (copying the picture) this will contour the neck of the bib
4.1 Cut along the line that you marked (see picture)

5.  Unfold the paper and pull away your triangle bib pattern

6.  Fold the bib pattern in half and make a straight cut at the edge (see pic)
6.1 Your bib pattern is ready!

7. Pin the pattern to your back material and cut out

7.1 Repeat the process with your front material

















8. Iron both front and back pieces (use a very low setting on the fleece)

















9. Pin right sides together













10. Prepare your sewing machine and select a straight stitch













11. Start sewing about 3 inches away from the corner of the bib (reverse stitch a little at the beginning to ensure the stitching will    not undo later) give yourself a 1/4″ seam allowance

















11.1 Continue to sew 1/4″ from the edge all the way around the bib leaving a 2 inch gap from where you started (lock by reverse stitching again)

















12. Turn the bib out the right way through the 2 inch gap













13. Top-stitch along the top edge of the bib with a 1/8″ seam allowance ensuring that you seal the 2″ gap closed along the way

















13.1 Continue to top-stitch the 2 sides of the bib, giving yourself a larger seam allowance for a more decorative finish (about 1/4″)













14. Select your button













14.1 Using some chalk or a dressmakers pencil mark the length of the button onto one corner of the bib. Attach your button hole foot to your machine and sew a button hole, mine is a 4-step:

















14.2 Step 1-sew bottom bar end

















14.3 step 2-sew left edge

















14.4 step 3-sew top bar end

















14.5 step 4-sew right edge until it meets bottom bar end and finish

















14.6 Using some very sharp embroidery scissors or a scalpel, cut a slit in the middle of the button hole, taking care not to cut any stitching

















15. Sew your button onto the opposite corner and your bib is complete (see front, back and final pics)


























Top 5 Spring Sewing Projects


Now that there’s been a good few days of nice weather and the days are officially getting longer we feel it is the perfect time to keep yourself warm & busy creating some lovely spring pieces. It doesn’t seem long since advent calendars were lining the shelves but already they’re now stacked with Easter eggs and the high streets are finally bringing out beautiful and colourful dresses once again… so even though it takes a little faith to trust that Spring is on her way, she is!!

1. Make An Owl Doorstop.

There’s no denying there’s still a chill in the air so why not make this cute and cuddly owl but use stuffing or dried peas/rice to create your very own colourful chill protector. We found this one from Toad’s Treasures and found their step by step guide very useful.

2. Fabric Easter Eggs.

What better way to reduce the temptation of all that chocolate than to replace with fabric eggs instead. Not only do they look so much prettier (and you can choose the colours yourself) but they will take away all that urge to eat them and last for next year too. Lovely free pattern at Positively Splendid.

3. Oil Cloth Lunch Bag.

I’ve yet to find someone that disagrees how wonderful Martha Stewart’s ideas can be and here’s another that fails to disappoint. It’s her oil cloth lunch bag. Spring means we can finally start making our packed lunch once again so why not grab some colourful oil cloth and give it a go.

4. Gardening Apron.

What says ‘I love you’ better than a thoughtful handmade gift? So, with mother’s day approaching we picked this easy to make gardening apron from Sew-Mama-Sew that you should be able to create just in time for 10th March. In fact I think I’ve decided I’ll make this one too.

5. Easter Bunny.

Children will love them, why not sew up some easter bunnies in your favourite fabrics. This time of year isn’t complete without the easter bunny and the great thing is you can amend the pattern to make it a spring/summer bunny instead. The tutorial we found was from Revoluzzza here.


These are just some ideas to get you started and I hope they help. Remember to post your pictures to our Facebook page and let us see what you’ve been creating. Or if you have any recommendations of your favourite projects and blogs, we’d love to hear your thoughts too.


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