Bandana bibs for babies are popular, and some fit better than others. I took two favorites to design this baby bandana bib pattern that combines the popular bandana style with a bib chin cut out. Traditional bandana styles tend to bunch up under the baby’s chin. These are the perfect accessory for the baby girl or boy in your life!
Baby bandana drool bibs are perfect for protecting the baby’s clothing from the dribbles. I like to use an absorbent fabric, like French terry, on the back to help absorb all of those baby drools. You can use organic cottons and double cotton gauze fabrics, too. This bandana baby bib is now my go-to pattern to make for all of the babies in my life!
These are sometimes referred to as baby neckerchief bibs, handkerchief bibs and scarf bibs.
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Here is a version made for Halloween. I made it in orange fabric and then cut triangles out for eyes and nose for the jack-o-lantern.
How much fabric do you need to make a baby bandana bib?
1/4 yard of fabric will make a baby drool bib suitable for babies up to 9 months old. This is a project that is perfect for using up scraps of fabric, or a reason to go buy some super cute fabrics just for the baby in your life. You’ll go through a lot of baby bibs, and they are super easy to make – so make a lot!
What is the best fabric to make baby drool bibs?
Pick a fabric that is absorbent, like double cotton gauze or flannel. 100% cotton knit fabrics work well, too. Quilters cottons come in a lot of great patterns and designs and can be used as well, but aren’t as absorbent (but look darn cute!).
I like to use a French terry or flannel for the backing to make your DIY dribble bib super absorbent. This would be a great way to upcycle old towels or sweatshirts for the back – any fabric that is thick and absorbent is the key.
For dress up occasions, make bibs out of a nice linen and embroider the baby’s name or initial!
Other ideas for cute baby bibs is to piece together fabrics in stripes, add some ribbon or lace. Have fun with your fabrics to make cute baby bandana bibs!
What is the best closure for bandana bibs?
I love my KAMsnap tool. It is super easy to use. Once you buy one you’ll find all kinds of uses for it!
As an alternative, you can use snaps that are applied using a hammer, sew-on snaps and Velcro. If you use Velcro, make sure the soft side of the velcro is on the side that might rub against the babies neck – you don’t want the rough side scratching up their tender neck.
Have some cute buttons? Add a button on one side and button hole on the other.
I don’t recommend tying the scarf on the babies neck. You’ll want a fastening system that makes it easy to put on and take off the kerchief.
When can babies wear bandana bibs?
As soon as babies start drooling, you’ll find these types of bibs useful. They generally become an essential fashion accessory for baby girls and baby boys by the time they reach 4 – 6 months and begin teething.
Do bandana bibs work?
Yes! They protect babies clothes from all of the drools and the stains that can result.
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