To save on laundry, regularly use these garments to keep food off of your baby's clothes. This guide is about making a baby bib.
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This bib was based on the need for a larger bib for my children when they were young. I noticed that when babies started eating solid food you could find waterproof large bibs, the only draw back is they don't absorb much when they drool when teething or spit up. I took a small (short) infant bib and used a food bib to make the measurements for this bib.
Approximate Time: About 1 1/2 hour
By Cory 
I use handkerchiefs as a bib for my baby. I have bought lots of them in different colors and like to coordinate them with his outfit.
Handkerchiefs make the best bibs for a drooly baby. Not only are they much cuter than traditional bibs, but are absorbent and quick to dry. I keep several of them in the diaper bag and once one has gotten too wet, I hand wash it really quick and lay it out to dry. When we are out and about I lay it on the car dash to dry. They completely dry within an hour or two and much quicker on a nice day. When in a pinch I use a public restroom hand dryer, car heat vents, or a hair dryer.
It is important to pay attention to the quality of the fabric and not just get the cheapest ones you can find. The fabric should be 100% cotton and should be completely dyed rather than the design being screen printed on. I have bought some handkerchiefs for $1 a piece and they have turned out to be useless. The fabric, although saying it was 100% cotton, was not absorbent and the design peeled off after a few washes. So, now I splurge and get better quality ones knowing that when my little one outgrows needing a bib, I can still use them as snot rags as my father called them.
If you're handy with a sewing machine or unlike me, don't mind hemming you could save tons by buying scrap fabric and making your own. This way you could get lots of cute designs as well.
This is a reversible baby bib, made using worn denim blue jeans and cotton fabric.
Approximate Time: 1 day
By Monica from Cortez, CO
Handmade one-of-a-kind keep-on bib: cute and comfortable for a new little baby.
Approximate Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Your handmade, one-of-a-kind Keep-On Bib is done and ready to be gift-wrapped for a special, new baby.
By Erin R. from Seffner, FL
When you need to protect your clothing while eating, use a towel with binder clips as a "bib".
Tie the ends of a lightweight cord or yarn, long enough to go around your neck plus a bit more, to two binder clips.
Using a small towel or something of that nature, attach the binder clips to two corners and you have a quick "bib" for whenever you are eating something messy. Detach when done, wash the "bib" and either take apart the "bib" holder or put away for another time.
I would use this for an older child. I don't know if it would be safe for a baby or toddler because of the metal clips.
By Mkymlp from NE PA
Makes a very inexpensive, fun gift!
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
By Ci Ci from Yakima, WA
My daughter-in-law needed a bib for spaghetti night and we couldn't find anything. She had an idea to use an old receiving blanket. She cut a slit in it for her head and made a poncho-like bib. It worked great and was washable and thrifty!
By Linda R. 
When making baby bibs or burp cloths, I cut a piece from a mattress pad a little smaller than the bib or burp cloth and slip it between the two pieces of material. I close the end then I sew across the bib or burp cloth and make a design, usually a diamond. That way, it keeps the pad from balling or bunching. Then I edge it with bias tape. This makes a great shower gift and it is inexpensive.
By Vi from Mobridge, SD
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Here are questions related to Making a Baby Bib.
How do you make terry cloth bibs?
Janet from Salem OR
By Nicole 10/11/2006
Here is a website you might find useful:
They show how to make a bib with a washcloth.
I am looking for a pattern for pocket bibs for toddlers. And if it crisscrossed in the back, it would be great, but not absolutely necessary. Thank you.
By Susan from Phoenix, AZ
By PENNY K 12/21/2009
I would consider NOT using the cross ties in back because they could get tangled in them if they tried to get out of chair as they will when they get older. Maybe regular with a little tab of velcro. Probably have free patterns on web.
I am looking for a bib pattern for a baby/toddler that has long sleeves and Velcros in the back. Thanks very much.
Jeanne from Englewood, FL
Have a look here, its a great resource for free sewing patterns for baby - http://www.babies-blog.com/free-sewing-patterns-for-baby/
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Would anyone know where I can get a free pattern to make a baby bib with sleeves?
Nicole from Canada
By Granny Marcia