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DIY Scarf-Bib

DIY Scarf-Bib, complete with tutorial and pattern! This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions with pictures to make your very own scarf-bib for babies up to 12 months old. Make it as a gift, or keep one for your own little one!

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You Will Need...

  • - scrap fabrics (you can use the same or different fabrics for the front/back)
  • *I like to use jersey with a bit of stretch for the back, but you can try any fabrics!
  • - front and back bib pattern (click here for pattern)
  • - Liquid Stitch
  • - snaps
  • - snap setter tool (unless you are using sew-on snaps)
  • - basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine, etc)
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  • Step 1

    1. Print out the attached pattern pieces. You will need to cut out 2 pieces – one for the front, and one for the back. One is bigger than the other – this is what creates the scrunchy, scarf look.
  • Step 2

    2. Fold your fabric pieces in half and place the straight edge of the pattern piece along the fold. Like this:
  • Step 3

    3. Trace and cut one piece for the front, one for the back.
  • Step 4

    4. With right sides together, pin all the way around, so that the edges match up on both the inside and outside. I start with single pins at each closure tip, as well as a pin at the bottom “V” of the scarf. Then, work your way pinning half way between pins at a time. It will feel like it’s a mess, but trust me, you’re doing it right. Pinning is the most important step! Make sure to pin edges to edges. It will look like this:
  • Step 5

    5. Mark about ¼” all the way around the bib. This step is important if you’re a sloppy seamstress, like myself! It takes a bit of extra time, but it helps to have a line to follow while I’m sewing! If you’re not sloppy like me, you can skip the marking and just move on to step 6.
  • Step 6

    6. Using your sewing machine, sew all the way around, following your line, leaving a small hole along the side open. Because I used jersey knit for the back, I chose to use a small zig zag stitch to allow for a bit of stretch. However, you can also use a straight stitch, and it will work just fine.
  • Step 7

    7. Trim around the edges of your seam (optional) and turn the whole thing right side out. Then, iron the edges flat, making sure to iron the opening, folding the raw edges inside.
  • Step 8

    8. Close the open hole, using either a hand stitch or Liquid Stitch. I use Liquid Stitch to close the opening. I LOVE Liquid Stitch and recommend it for anyone who may not be the best hand-stitcher (like me:). It dries quickly, and it holds up to wear, washing machines, and dryers!
  • Step 9

    9. Optional – topstitch about a ¼” all the way around the bib. This step is optional, because you might like the look without the top stitch, especially after ironing. If you don’t want a top stitch, you can skip this one!
  • Step 10

    10. Add your snaps. You can use sew-on snaps and hand-sew them on, or you can use a snap setter tool (like this one) to add your snaps.

4 comments

  1. Stacey Jongekrijg
    Stacey Jongekrijg

    Where do I find the pattern piece? I would like to print the pattern in order to make the scarf

    • Laurie Turk
      Laurie Turk

      Hi Stacey! If you click on “continue reading on my blog” you’ll be taken to the full tutorial and free pattern.

  2. Kim Martinez
    kim Martinez

    I can’t seem to print the pattern? I don’t know what is wrong HELP.

    • Laurie Turk
      Laurie Turk

      Hi Kim, if you click on “continue reading on my blog” you’ll be taken to the full tutorial with the free pattern.

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