Fold-Up-and-Snap Bib Tutorial

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Rae from Made by Rae and our board creates some of the sweetest baby things ever. Today she shares this unique and fun Fold-Up-and-Snap Bib tutorial so we can make something sweet too! Don’t miss today’s printable gift tags and your chance to win a Zippered Market Style Diaper Bag Tote by Watermelon Wishes following the tutorial.

This bib is perfect for messy babies! The bottom folds up and snaps to make a pocket for catching crumbs. After mealtime’s finished, just unsnap the pocket and shake it out over the trash, and toss it in the wash!


  • fat quarter of quilter’s cotton for bib front (dark or busy prints hide food stains best!)
  • fat quarter of soft absorbent fabric for bib back (chenille/terrycloth/minkee)
  • three snaps (size 1)
  • needle and thread
  • paper, ruler, pencil, and marker (for making your bib pattern)

Pattern notes:
The seam allowance for this pattern is 1/2.” Make sure you prewash and dry your fabrics before cutting your pieces.

Make Your Bib Pattern:
Step 1. Cut a 10” x 17” rectangle out of paper (or use a 10×17” sheet if you have one)

You will need two circular objects (think jar lids, glasses, bowls) to make the curves on the bib pattern. The larger needs to be about 6” in diameter (this will be used to make the outer edge of the bib) and the smaller needs to be about 3” in diameter (this will be used to make the neck hole):

Step 2. Choose one of the short sides of the rectangle to be the top. Take the 6” circular object (I used a bowl) and position it in one of the top corners of your rectangle. Trace around the bowl with a pencil until you reach the center of the bib. Move the bowl to the other top corner and repeat. Your two curved lines will cross in the middle of the bib (shown with a dot).

Step 3: Make a mark in the center of the rectangle, 5” down from the top.

Step 4. Take the 3” circular object (I used a drinking glass) and center it so that the bottom edge of the circle lines up with the mark you made in the previous step.

Trace all the way around this circle.

Step 5. Using a marker, trace around the marks you just made as shown below. Trace the outside curve but just before you get to the dot, curve the line downward to make an S-curve that connects to the neckhole.

Repeat for the other side.

Step 6: Make a line across the width of the bib, 7” from the bottom of the rectangle. Add four dots to mark the placement of the snaps. The top dots are one inch below the line and one inch from each side. The dots on the bottom are one inch above the bottom and one inch from the each side.

Step 7: Cut out the pattern along the lines. Use a hole punch to punch out the snap position marks.

Cut out your bib:
Step 8: Trace your pattern onto the cotton (front) and the chenille (back). Mark snap positions on the front piece. On both pieces, cut around the outside of pattern outline…

But (and this is very important) leave the neckhole uncut!

Sew snaps on:
Step 9: Sew snaps to the front of the bib at marks. Before sewing them on, be sure that the halves of each snap will match up properly when you fold the bottom of the bib up (If you look carefully you will notice I accidentally sewed the bottom left snap on backwards…don’t worry I went back and fixed it).

Note: You could also use a snap press or velcro here instead of sewing snaps by hand if you prefer.

Sew front and back together:
Step 10: Pin front and back together with their right sides facing. Mark a 3” gap at the bottom center of the bib and leave this unpinned to remind you not to sew it shut.

Step 11: With the cotton side of the bib facing up, sew around the entire outside of the bib with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving the 3” gap at the bottom unsewn between the marks. Do not let your seam allowance get too small around the neckhole or the neck will be too tight. It’s better to err on the side of making the neckline seam allowance too big rather than too little.
Step 12: Clip the neckline curves and the bottom corners. Trim seam allowances around the entire bib to 1/4.”

Step 13: Turn bib right side out through the hole at the bottom. Use a pencil or turning tool to push out the corners and top part of the bib.
Step 14: Press the entire bib, tucking the raw edges of the turning hole under so they don’t show.
Step 15: Sew around the outside of the bib 1/4″ away from the edge, stitching the turning hole shut as you sew across the bottom of the bib.

Add closure at neck:
Step 16: Sew a snap on to the top of the bib (you could also use velcro, a snap press or a button/buttonhole here), remembering that one half needs to go on the front side of the bib and the other on the back.

Snap up that bib on your baby and enjoy!

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134 Responses to Fold-Up-and-Snap Bib Tutorial

  1. Laura says:

    I used this tutorial on my blog and just wanted to thank you for posting the free tutorial! This bib pattern rocks!
    Here is the link to my post:

  2. Sharon says:

    What a cute idea!! I have never seen the top of the bib made like this before. Wonderful!

  3. Rosemarie says:

    Oh just made the other one and it turned out even better when I read the instructions properly ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Rosemarie says:

    Just whipped this up in 20 mins (first time sewing novice) and it looks great! Thanks for the easy instructions. About to make another one ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Renea says:

    Love this bag. Would love to give to my daughter-in-law for the new baby who is coming in May. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Darice says:

    I used to love these bibs! Espcially the shake it out into the trash part!! :o)

    You made the tutorial super easy to follow. Love that too.

    The diaper bags are too cool for words. Your ability to match fabrics is an art!

  7. Kaylee says:

    such perfect timing with the bib tutorial! my little guy just started eating and there’s not a bib to be found! this is on my to-do list tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. gina snyder says:

    Love it! I need to make a bunch of these! Seems like everyone I know is having a baby!!


  9. Jena says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. And I love the diaper bag!

  10. Southern Gal says:

    This is wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Acequiamadre says:

    Like the idea of snaps and love the diaper market bag.

  12. ~Helena~ says:

    Super cute. great tute

  13. jessica says:

    Love the bib tutorial, and the bag is so cute!

  14. DK says:

    Thanks for the nice tutorial, I’ll probably be putting it to use very soon as my sister’s excepting her first in the spring!

  15. Lindsay says:

    I love everything Rae does. She is so creative! And thanks for the opportunity to win that cute bag!

  16. Michelle says:

    These bibs are adorable! Great tutorial.

  17. Mama Lusco says:

    Great tute and beautiful bag!

  18. Jill B says:

    What a clever bib – and I’d love that nappy bag!

  19. jan says:

    I made a much larger version of this two years ago from two terry dish towels lined with cotton material for my adult handicapped daughter. With her it was better to leave snaps off, and just lightly wrap it around her neck. And last spring I made an adult sized one for an elder who needed greater coverage. My next version I think is going to be made from corduroy scraps from my stash lined with cotton flannel or quilting cotton.

  20. Carla Finley says:

    Great diaper bag and love the bibs. Going to a baby shower in a couple of weeks. Going to try to get couple made.

  21. VickiT says:

    I just LOVE this big. Thank you so much for the great tute. I always loved using these bibs on my own children when they were small but just hated cleaning the ick out of that pocket. This however, is just BRILIANT!

  22. Carmen says:

    I will definitely have to make one of these for our expected little one!

  23. MC says:

    Love that bib, I can’t wait to make one!

  24. Amanda says:

    Love the tote and bibs! I have 2 under 3 and am expecting another, the tote would be great!

  25. Cortney says:

    What a great idea! So much better then those yucky plasic ones you can never get clean!!

  26. Holly says:

    I have two friends that are expecting and that would make some great gifts for them!

  27. Amanda H. says:

    Love the tutorial ! Can’t wait to make a bunch of these!

  28. julie says:

    cute! and thanks!

  29. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Can’t wait to give this a try. It looks so easy and will save my Messy Marvin’s clothes!

  30. PeachRainbow says:

    Thank you!

  31. Niki says:

    Great tutorial… very cute Diaper Bag Tote!

  32. Naomi Vela says:

    The bibs are great…..and I would love to win the bag too! Hugs Naomi

  33. Lee says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! i am making some of these!

  34. Miranda says:

    I have a granddaughter on the way and would love to win a “grandma’s bag!” Will need to make some bibs, too! Thank you!

  35. Lindsey says:

    What a great bib. So much better than those plastic pelican bibs. And the bag is just great!

  36. Julie W says:

    Cute bib and great idea!! I would LOVE that bag!!

  37. Patty says:

    Thank you so much for all these baby gift ideas. Patty

  38. Valerie says:

    I think moms would really like these!

  39. gillian says:

    Sweet bib, but will it really fit around a baby’s neck? Babies have such chubby necks! I want to see it in action…

  40. Andrea says:

    Thank you for posting this tutorial! I can’t wait to try my hand at making a few!

  41. Kimberly says:

    I love love love this bib! The design is brilliant.

  42. Lauren says:

    This is awesome! I was looking for something to make for my cousin’s son for Christmas and this may be it. May even make a few extra to give as gifts. Thanks so much for sharing =)

  43. Peggie says:

    This bib is such a good idea for the new grandson coming in early December! Have to give it a try!

  44. Susan says:

    thanks for the pattern

  45. Ginger says:

    Thank you so much. My (messy) toddler needs some new bibs.

  46. Patricia says:

    What a sweet tutorial! I made some bibs myself of my own design and also used dinnerware for the pattern. I like the convertible pocket feature, might need to try these.

  47. Kelly says:

    Very clever! Maybe I’ll have to make a few. . .

  48. Mindy says:

    What a fabulous bag! New baby on the way and I would love to be sporting that for her/him!!

  49. I love how you use everyday household items to create the pattern. Great Tutorial! – Thanks

  50. Erin says:

    I love the beautiful bag! Thanks for a chance to win.
    The bib tutorial is great too.

  51. Caralee says:

    those are really cute and very functional. Thanks

  52. Tara says:

    I love it…gonna add it to my long list of things to make.

  53. Angela says:

    love it!

  54. Teresa says:

    What a great idea for the bib, I’m definitely going to have to try that! Now, if someone could just come up with some trick to keep the bib ON, I’d be all set! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I LOVE the diaper bag! So cute! And I could definitely use a new one, the strap on ours broke and has been out of service for some time. This one would make an awesome replacement!


  55. Lynn says:

    That bib looks so nice! It’s just a step up from the easy baby bibs but I think it will make a big difference!

  56. Jasmine says:

    I love this style of bib–great for toddlers!

  57. kelly jo says:

    That bag is awesome! With #2 on the way, I’m determined to get a new, much more useable diaper bag! The ones in the stores are just so pointless sometimes!! This one is adorable and functional!

  58. Great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Shaina says:

    what a great tutorial! Definitely will whip up some for my son!

  60. Linda says:

    Great tutorial and gift tags! Thanks for them and the chance to win the diaper bag.

  61. Angie says:

    I’ve been wanting to upgrade my diaper bag – that would certainly be an upgrade!

  62. knitsewreadlove says:

    BRILLIANT! As the mommy of a delightfully messy 17 mo old, I am ashamed I didn’t come up with this idea myself. I love the pocket bibs, but am forever lamenting trying to get food OUT of the pocket. Going to the fabric store for snaps and minky stat!

  63. Helena says:

    I was just thinking baby girl needed some new bibs, I shall whip some up today I think, Thanks for this fabulous baby shower month, I check in everyday, it’s keeping this mum busy!!

  64. Jane says:

    Wonderful tute. I plan on a few of these bibs for my grandbabies.

  65. Susan says:

    I am going to make this bib! Great tutorial. Also, thanks for the giveaway.

  66. sy says:

    thanks for the tutorial. the snaps are so neat.

  67. Ramona says:

    Great bib. What a great present for baby showers.

  68. AJ says:

    Perfect for my messy son!

  69. Betsy M says:

    I need to get making these. Thanks

  70. Judi B says:

    These would really make wonderful handmade gifts. I will have to try this out and see if I’ve found a signature gift to give.

  71. melanie says:

    Thank you perfect for our little Miss Munch

  72. annie says:

    awesome! never can there be too many bibs! thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Sherrill says:

    What a great idea for a gift. Those little bibs would be quick and easy to make. Will hafta file away for later since I don’t know anyone who’s expecting at the moment. And would LOVE to win that bag. Thanks!!

  74. Amy says:

    Oh, I know I will be making some of these way cute practical bibs for my baby soon. Thanks designing them.

  75. Carol says:

    so cute i love it!

  76. Morgan says:

    Cool idea! Usually I find making bibs kind of pointless since I have about a million from baby showers and hand-me-downs, but this one just might make it worth it.

  77. Emily says:

    Great tutorial! I’ll be making these for my cousin who is expecting a baby at the end of the year. And the gift tags are adorable!

  78. Darla says:

    I think I’m going to make a few of those…thanks for the tutorial. I would love to have that diaper bag to use.

  79. Genevieve says:

    Love this idea! Thanks!

  80. georgia says:

    Velcro has ceased to be useful in our house for bibs – I’ll be making some snap ones now:)

  81. Teresa S says:

    love it!

  82. Erin says:

    Another great idea! I need to start sewing =-)

  83. Tara Potter says:

    Nice bib tutorial. I love the pocket!

  84. Liz says:

    Great tutorial and I love the bag!

  85. annie says:

    this bib is brilliant!

  86. Natasha L. says:

    Love the snapping bib and the bag is just beautiful!

  87. Debbie B says:

    OHHH my daughter would love the baby bag! Loving that bib pattern too.

  88. Maggie says:

    Rae, I love how you made the pattern. I know many people having babies so I will be trying this one out! Thanks.

  89. Nina says:

    I love the bib!! Thanks for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Cari says:

    This is great! My little one isn’t ready for bibs yet so I have time to get a few made!

  91. Lindsay says:

    This would be a great replacement for my old diaper bag (it has definitely seen better days!). Can’t wait to make some of these bibs for a lady at church who just had a baby! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  92. Sophia Patterson says:

    Best bib tutorial so far! Will definitely be making these!

  93. Liz says:


  94. Papgena says:

    great tutorial! and a very clever trick!!

  95. Sharon Hood says:

    What a cute idea and so simple! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win that diaper bag.

  96. Kimber says:

    Adorable bib and bag!

  97. Amy says:

    OK, I really need to make some bibs in this style, asap. My daughter has some that are plasticy which are really easily wiped down but she will only wear cloth bibs. I need a bib with a pocket though. So, here you go…the perfect bib. I need to make some!

  98. eunice says:

    LOVE the bib tutorial!!

  99. Becky says:

    What a clever idea! I’d never thought of doing that with our bibs.

  100. Tammy says:

    Adorable! I should make up some of these for my daughter.

  101. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to make these bibs! Thanks!

  102. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial- can’t wait to make a few for my little boy!

  103. Sarah Lorde says:

    what cute diaper bag.

  104. Catie says:

    Thanks for the wonderful “tute” You make it look soooo easy

  105. Jocelyn says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

  106. Shawna says:

    That is really neat! And much nicer than the plastic bibs with a pocket!

  107. Heidi says:

    I just saw that bib on her website. Great idea. Plus I love that bag

  108. Ana says:

    I have a new baby (ok, 10 months no!) and a new sewing machine- I love the baby item projects! Thanks! Gorgeous bag!

  109. Sarah says:

    Very cool idea! I’m a big fan of bibs.

  110. starjumper says:

    this series has really been fantastic! making things like this is just so easy, why would anyone buy them?

  111. Laura Reich says:

    What a great idea!

  112. Janna says:

    I love the tutorial and the diaper bag. I just had baby #4and would love that!

  113. Rebecca says:

    I love making bibs as baby gifts and this will be a good addition to my pattern collection. Thanks for the tutorial!

  114. Melissa Williams says:

    Love the bib and especially love the bag!

  115. Kristine Ahlskog says:

    Thanks for sharing!! This looks really easy and great for baby showers!!! I cannot wait to try the pattern!

  116. katie says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some snap-up bibs. Thanks for the tutorial! That bag is gorgeous.

  117. Texana says:

    Love Love LOVE the Watermelon Wishes diaper bag!

  118. Brit says:

    How cute, these will make such good gifts.

  119. Susan C. says:

    Love this! A great shower gift, and so practical!

  120. Melanie T says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you for the chance:)

  121. Amy says:

    How adorable! I’m adding this to my list of things to make for babies!

  122. Katrina says:

    Love this idea – thanks for sharing the pattern!

  123. Great tutorial! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how you made that pattern!!

  124. Catherine says:

    What a fabulous idea.

  125. Addy says:

    Thanks, Rae!

  126. QSOgirl says:

    This tutorial is great– I like how you make the pattern yourself.

  127. Leah says:

    What a great bib idea. We are in need of new bibs here, so I certainly will be making some of these. Thank you very much!

  128. I am going to HAVE to try this (something else to add to my list), and I LOVE this bag! I know lots of mamas about to pop that would love it, too!

  129. Sara says:

    Whoa, what a beautiful diaper bag that actually looks like an awesome stylish handbag. Sweet!

  130. Love the idea of the fold up snaps! Great tute!

  131. What a great tutorial! I like the way of making our own pattern for that. Easy even for those like me that doesn’t know much about sewing. Thanks for sharing!

  132. Diana K says:

    That is just beautiful! I’d love to win this for when I watch my new little granddaughter!

  133. Joy says:

    That is such a clever idea! I can’t wait to incorporate this next time I make a bib. I think this would also work well when making clothing protectors for those in assisted living!

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