Free pattern for full front baby bibs

Sometimes when we think about babies, we don’t know what to give them for Christmas. Christmas is all about thoughts that matter. Personally, I’m reluctant to leave my little ones aside when I think about gifts. Today I’m going to share with you a free pattern of practical baby bibs that you can embroider or applique. This full-length bib will protect special holiday outfits and prevent messy moments from damaging clothes. Moms, dads and the whole family will be delighted with this useful and easy sewing project.

  • 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ (31.75 cm x 41.91 cm) front fabric – cotton used
  • 12 1/2” x 16 1/2” (31.75 cm x 41.91 cm) back fabric – flannel used
  • 2 pieces of 7″ (17.78 cm x 0.635 cm) of 1/4″ elastic
  • 2- 1 1/2″ x 12″ (3.81 cm x 30.48 cm) of fabric to match the front for the ties (you can use ribbon)
  • thread that matches
  • sewing machine with embroidery module, used BERNINA artist 200 with embroidery module (pre-existing embroidery designs can also be applied to the bib) (optional)
  • small embroidery designs for Christmas or children’s designs (optional)
  • medium weight stabilizer for embroidery hoop
  • embroidery thread
  • Fusible product (like Steam a Seam 2 Lite) if using a pre-existing design applied to the bib (optional)
  • anti-fraying product (optional)
  • Embroidery foot #15
  • Free pattern for full front baby bib available here
Image of embroidery foot n°15.

Embroidery foot #15

Ideal for appliqué work and free-motion quilting ✓ Embroidery on densely embroidered designs ✓ Easy to sew on pile and bulky fabrics ✓ For 5.5mm and 9mm machines ✓

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Sewing Instructions:

  • Gather all supplies as directed
Supplies gathered for the full front baby bib, including fabric, pattern, frayed elastic check and steam seam 2.

Supplies gathered for a full front baby bib, using a pre-existing embroidery design to apply


  • Cut out your bib pieces (front and back) with the pattern provided. Cut on the fold of the fabric as shown.
Pattern placed on fabric, ready to be cut

Pattern and fabric prepared for cutting

Front and back of the baby bib

The front and back of the baby bib are now cut out

  • Cut out all the elastics and straps and set aside


  • Mark the center front of the bib so it is ready for the embroidery design, the top of the design should be centered and 2″ (5.08 cm) from the top.
Center of the baby bib marked for embroidery placement

Center mark made for embroidery placement

  • If you are embroidering with an embroidery module like I did with the snowman and gingerbread designs, I have found it effective to use a medium weight woven stabilizer in the hoop and circle the fabric with this one and a small embroidery hoop. I cut off the excess stabilizer once the embroidery was finished.
Embroider a snowman on the baby bib

Embroider a snowman on the Full Front baby bib

  • If using a pre-existing pattern, apply anti-fraying product to the edges, let dry. Cut out the embroidery design. Fuse an iron-on product to the back of the embroidery design and fuse with a hot iron to the front of the baby bib.
Adding an anti-fray product to the edge of an embroidery design

Embroidery design of Elsa’s favorite flowers applied with her an anti-fraying product

Ironing an iron-on canvas on the back of an embroidery design

Ironing the iron-on strip onto the reverse side of the embroidery design

  • If using pre-made embroidery for the appliqué, merge the design to the front of the bib as shown, stitch with a very small zigzag and open. Embroidery foot #20
Image of open embroidery foot n°20.

Open embroidery foot #20

Perfect for sewing decorative stitches ✓ Creating attractive appliqué designs ✓ Allows you to accurately follow lines and designs ✓ Open shape for a clear view of the project ✓ For 5.5mm and 9mm machines ✓

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Applying an appliqué stitch to an embroidery design

Zigzag the embroidery design with open embroidery foot no. 20 and my BERNINA 350

TIP: Use matching fine thread to adhere the embroidered appliqué.

Sew the ties:

Press both clips on the long side, 1/4″ toward the center on both sides, as shown:

Ironed fasteners 1/4

Fasteners pressed 1/4″ toward center on long sides

  • fold the ties towards the center, press and clip, ready to sew as shown.
Fasteners folded and clipped ready.  For sewing

Ties folded in the center and clipped, ready to sew

Sewing the edge of ties

Stitch 1/8″ (0.31 cm) from the edge for the 2 fabric ties

  • The edge seams have been sewn with a Patchwork foot #37
  • Zigzag the short ends of each tie and apply a little anti-fraying product to the points.
Image of patchwork foot n°37.

Patchwork foot #37

For patchwork projects with seam allowances of 3 mm (1/8″) or 6 mm (1/4″) ✓ Three notches on the side for precise guidance ✓ For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓

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Sew the bib together:
  • Pin and thread the ties and elastic to the right side of the bib 1/8″ (0.31 cm) and 1/2″ (1.27 cm) from the edge of the neckline for the ties. Also place the elastic near the shoulder and bottom of the arm hole and baste 1/8″ (0.31 cm). See photo below for placement:
Ties attached to the front of the bib

Ties and elastics attached to the front of the bib fabric

  • Pin the ties and elastic to the front of the bib away from the seam allowances.
  • Pin the right side of the back fabric to the right side of the front fabric and sew with a 1/4 (0.635 cm) seam allowance. Leave 4″ space at the bottom for turning. Cut out the curves.
Back of bib pinned to right side of front fabric

Right side of back fabric pinned to right side of front fabric

  • Remove all pins, turn the bib right side out through the 4″ gap, iron and topstitch 1/4″ (0.635 cm) from the edge.
1/4 topstitch

Topstitch 1/4″ (0.635 cm) from the edge to finish

Admire your efforts or the baby modeling it 😊

Baby wearing a complete blue bib with an embroidered snowman on the front

“O” model baby bib on the front

Photo of three baby bibs lined up horizontally with small Christmas embroidery on the front

Full front baby bibs

If you need more baby gift ideas, check out my website here.

These front bibs take no time to make and even if you don’t own an embroidery machine they are so much fun to make, explore your fabric stash for some pretty prints and enjoy the gift giving this season. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday🎄

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