Baby Bandana Bib Free Pattern and Tutorial

If you are looking for a cute, practical, and easy sew for the baby in your life, look no further! These come together in just a few minutes and come on, these are just adorable. Add a coordinating baby bow or headband and it’s perfect for girls as well.  Of course, they also look adorable with a cute little pair of baby moccs.


As any parent of a teething baby can tell you, they drool… A LOT. So while you are at it, you might as well sew up two or three, or a dozen. I plan on including a few as baby gifts for friends expecting babies soon.

Technically, you could just sew a square piece in half to fit around a babies neck but I like the pattern to be a little more fitted. A bit more like a bandana/bib hybrid or bibdana.

My pattern is just one page to print out, and includes all three sizes:

Bandana bib pattern download


Here’s what you will need to make your bandana bib:

  • Fabric remnants, your choice of knit or woven, anything works!
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Snaps and snap press, velcro, or buttons  – I used Kamsnaps here, which I love because they come in a variety of colors and are so easy to apply. I originally got them for cloth diapers, but have ended up using them for so many different things, it was really a worthwhile investment. Highly recommend!

The pattern comes in three sizes, 0-6 month, 6-12 month, and 2-3 years. If you just want to make one size, I recommend the 6-12 month size.


  1. Fold your fabric in half and place the pattern right on the fold. You need to cut out two pieces, one for the front and one for the back.


2.  If using stretchy knits for both the front and back, I like to add a third piece of light woven fabric or interfacing to add some weight. I will be adding a piece of white woven cotton fabric to the inside of mine. This makes it a lot easier to sew.


3. Lay your front and back pieces down right sides together.


4. If adding interfacing, lay that on top


5. Now pin together, and stitch around with about a 1/4″ seam allowance. Go slowly around the tight corners. Leave a 2″ gap for turning it inside out.


6. Turn right side out from your opening


7. It should look something like this.


8. Fold the opening down and pin in place. You will be top stitching around the entire bib starting at the opening.


9. Tada! Now just add your closure and you are done.


10. I am using Kamsnaps, which are super easy to apply. I also love that they come in a variety of fun colors. When I got mine a few years ago, they didn’t have this option, but now you can get them with a nifty storage container to keep your snaps in!


The Kamsnaps kit come with everything you need, including an awl to poke a hole where you want t snap to be.

If you don’t have snaps, you could also use any type of snap, button, or velcro here.  If you don’t have any of those options, you could also try adding a couple inches to the straps and just tying a simple knot.


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20 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    Can you supply the link to the kamsnaps again please- it is’t working for me Thanks

  2. Della says:

    When I cut my material on the fold some are upside down and side ways what am I doing wrong ? Thank you

  3. Beth Grube says:

    Thanks so much for the 3 size pattern for the bandana bibs. I have 4 granddaughters all under 6 (yes, all from the same family) and one more just born two days ago (yes, to the same family). I have a pretty big flannel stash since I make receiving blankets and burb rags. I had a friend who showed me that she was making these but I didn’t know how to make them bigger or smaller. Thanks again. I’m hoping to be very busy.

  4. Carole says:

    Hello, excuse my English but I come from Belgium. Can you tell me (do you have a pattern?) how you make the knot on the head that goes with the bib because it is beautiful !!
    Thank you

    • Sari says:

      Hi… It’s highlighted in red below the picture of her baby at the top of this page and a few paragraphs down. I hope this helps.

  5. Jenny says:

    When you print the pattern does it have to be a certain print size?

  6. Amanda says:

    Hey! Love this tutorial, and thank you for the free different sized bib pattern. Just wondering what kind of fabric you use for the bibs? I mainly have 100% cotton fabric and feel like it may be too harsh for baby skin, and the material you used looks like it’s a lot softer. Thanks!

  7. Karen says:

    Thank you for this pattern! It was the first one up when I searched after my daughter said “I should have you make me some ‘bibdanas’ for Kaylee.” A few hours later, I had a whole pile of them to send home with my darling little granddaughter today!

  8. Hannah M Burch says:

    THANK YOU! This is amazing!! I can’t wait to get started on my grandsons bibs!!

  9. Natasha says:

    Do you have to do the top stitching or can you just iron it?

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  11. Glenda says:

    I would like to make some bandana’s for my 12 yr old grandson who is a special needs child, but not sure of the size and how to make them

    • Gaylemae says:

      Add depth on the fold side (for a wider front) & some ease around the original pattern. You can start with a 15 to 18″ depth, blending up to the snap area. You can always use paper to fit before cutting fabric. Adorable with a waterproof backing

  12. Daicia says:

    I just made up several of these from old tshirts for our little fosterlove, who has started becoming a drooly little love! Thank you so much for the pattern and the thorough, easy to follow tutorial!! It worked perfectly for me and I really appreciate it! Also, your baby is ADORABLE!! Thanks again!

  13. Terry DeMars says:

    I just made one of these bibs. I love it. The 3 sizes are great. I used cotton on each side and put warm and natural in between and made the snap adjustable. Check out the picture here.

  14. Debbie says:

    Thank you for these patterns. I was looking for something quick to make for a baby shower for 25 expectant Marine wives. I can handle this and it’s so cute. My grand baby was a drooler big time and these are GREAT.

  15. Becca says:

    This is a great pattern! I wondered, if I could use your pattern to sell at local bazaars?

  16. Deborah says:

    This is exactly the pattern I was looking to find. Thank you for posting it. My question : I downloaded the PDF and printed at 100% on 81/2 x 11 standard paper but the pattern in my copy is not as large as the pattern in your PDF. I am wondering which is the correct size and how I can copy your PDF to get it exactly the size you have. Mine is definitely smaller even at 100%. Thanks ! I really want to make several of these.

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