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First, print out the pattern.  It is a PDF, and you need to print at 100% scale to get a bib that measures approximately 14″ in neck circumference.  I find that this is the best “average” fit for a variety of ages.  If you want to make it bigger or smaller, simply scale the image up or down when you print. Click below to open the PDF:

Bandana Pattern

As for fabric choice, you have tons of different options. If you have a heavy drooler, use a very absorbent front piece (such as terry) and a PUL backing.  If you want to use a cute back piece still, you can just have PUL as an inner layer.  I find that the bandana lays the best if you use a lightweight fabric, such as quilting cotton, but pretty much everything works!  You need just a fat quarter size of fabric for each pattern piece, but if you’re buying by the yard, go for a 1/4 yard for each piece.

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First cut out your pattern pieces and tape together as instructed.  They will look similar the pieces below:

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Cut out one piece of each on the fold.

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With right sides together, match up the centers then pin around the fabric piece up until the pleat marks

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Fold over the pleats on the front piece as needed and pin.  I purposely did not put specific pleat markings on the pattern piece to leave room for error- just pleat enough for the fabric to fit!

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Sew a 1/4″ seam, leaving a hole for you to turn the bib right side out.

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The bib will now be like a flat base with a baggy piece on top.Image

Turn the bib right side out.  With the front turned slightly over to the back, press the edges. 
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Sew a ~1/8″ top stitch all the way around the edge. Image

Attach velcro or snaps.  You can add multiple snaps on one side if you want to have the size be adjustable!

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And you’re done!

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I just love these bibs!  If you love them too, but don’t want to do the sewing, you can purchase completed bibs in my etsy shop!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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