Embroidered Baby Bib

Here’s a baby gift that’s as sweet and special as the person you’re giving it to: a hand-embroidered baby bib.


For this project, you’ll  need 1/4 yard of flannel fabric. If you plan to use the same fabric for front and back, a single fourth-yard cut will be enough for both sides.

You’ll need to print th name or picture you’d like to embroider. I like to use a script font for this, such as this free Fineliner font from dafont.com.

How to:

Begin by cutting a piece of flannel and batting to the same dimensions as your sheet of paper (8.5 x
. Cut out the bib pattern. Cut out the printed name or image as well, but leave a wide enough border for pinning.

Your flannel should be on top of the batting. Decide where you’d like the name or image placed. Layer the cut bib piece on top, and you should be able to see through the paper to make sure you have a nice placement. (I’ve found it’s easier to wait to cut the fabric into the bib shape; it prevents fraying of the edges while you’re embroidering.)

Pin the name in place, and thread your embroidery needle. I like to use all the strands when embroidering, and I also double it. This helps the embroidery to stand out if you have a boldly patterned fabric. Make sure you have a good knot on the end of your thread.

We’re going to use a basic backstitch for this project. It’s simple to do, but may feel a little… well, backwards, at first! To backstitch, poke your needle up through the fabric about 1/4 inch away from where you’d like your stitch to start. Instead of going forward on the fabric, backtrack and poke your needle down through the fabric, 1/4 inch behind where your thread came up.

Continue sewing by poking the needle up 1/4 inch past your last stitch, then poke it down right next to where your last stitch began. You want your stitches to touch.

Trace your printed word with your embroidery floss. If you run out of floss, don’t worry… just tie it off in a knot on the back, rethread your needle, and continue sewing. For the dots on the letter “i,” you can tie a regular knot, or a French knot if you’re feeling fancy.

Once you’re finished embroidering, remove the pins. Gently peel off the paper. It should be thoroughly perforated, so it’s pretty easy to remove. If you have tiny closed areas, you can pick them up by piercing them with the tip of your needle. With this tracing method, you really can embroider anything, and it will turn out beautifully.

Now it’s time to create the bib. First iron the fabrics. Stack the embroidered fabric on top of another piece of flannel, and pin the paper bib through the layers of fabric. Make sure that the embroidery is nicely centered beneath the pattern.

Using good scissors, cut out the bib shape. (If you don’t own a nice pair of sewing scissors, it’s best to cut the two pieces separately.)

Next we’ll add the trim. This step is optional, but it sure looks cute. Pin the trim along the bottom edge of the embroidered bib piece. Keep in mind that you’ll be sewing with a 1/4 inch seam, so think about how much of the trim will show. Pin cut edges under themselves so they won’t fray later.

Then add the other flannel bib piece, face down, right sides together. In other words, the patterns should be touching. Pin together.

Sew the pieces together with a 1/4 inch seam. Leave a 2-inch hole for turning, right before the curve on the neckpiece.

Turn the bib right side out, and press. Fold the raw edges of the hole inward, and press that as well. Pin the hole shut.

Now we’re going to sew the hole and add a decorative topstitch. I’m switching to a peach thread to add a pop of color. If you’re a beginning sewer, it’s best to stick with a thread that will blend in with your fabric. Stitch the hole shut using a 1/8 inch seam, and continue sewing all around the bib.

Finally, we’ll add a Velcro closure. Sew the rough piece of Velcro to the underside of the left flap. Sew the fuzzy Velcro to the top of the right flap.

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12 thoughts on “Embroidered Baby Bib

  1. Chris says

    How do you print the font name from dafont? I know that’s probably a dumb Q, but I’ve never used it before. Thanks for the tute!

    • says

      Good question, Chris. dafont.com is actually a font download site, so instead of printing your text from the site, you’ll need to install the font you want on your computer. To do this, click “download” on the right of the listed font. (The majority work for both Windows and Macs.) This will open a download window, and then you’ll need to double click on the downloaded font to install it. Depending on your computer, you may need to re-start in order for it to show up with your other fonts within your word processing program. I should warn you, though– free fonts are mighty addicting :)

  2. Ruby says

    Cute idea! What SIZE fineliner font do you use?

  3. Elaine says

    What size font did you use for the bib?

    • says

      I think the font size was around 120 :)

  4. Madelyn says

    I love your turtorial on the baby bib I can’t wait to make one for my baby brother!I love the website.

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  8. diane says

    cannot get the bib pattern to print.

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