Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ultimate full coverage Bib/Smock

This is absolutely the BEST bib in my book. I can use it on the kids for at least all three meals instead of having to get a new bib for every meal. I call it a FULL COVERAGE bib because it keeps the neckline of their clothes clean, and it is long enough to cover their lap. and it wraps around the sides so everything but the sleeves are covered. I use a really heavy denim-like material that I hunt for in JoAnn's clearance fabric section. I normally find it for $1 or $2 a yard. My Mom made the pattern and shared it with me a few years ago.

This is a template you can use to make your own pattern. You can copy, paste and print it. It's proportions should be 8.5" x 11".
What you will need-
  • 3/4 of a yard denim-like heavy fabric
  • matching thread
  • your sewing machine
  • needle
  • snaps (The ones you can use instead of buttons or velcro. There is a Picture of them in the directions. They can be found in the notions section of your fabric store.)
  • your iron and ironing board.
  • scissors
  • newspaper/pattern making paper
  • my template
  • pen

How to make the pattern-
  1. Print out the yellow pattern template. It is 8.5"x11". So make sure it prints out as such. Cut along the black line.

  2. Now get some newspaper or large paper and cut it to be 18"x24". Fold the paper in half so it now appears to be 18"x12".

  3. Round out one of the open corners with scissors
  4. lay the template on the other open corner and trace
  5. The template is a little too small, so you will need to continue the curve in a downward motion on the fold as shown in the picture below. Cut the paper pattern out.
The bib-
  1. Pin the pattern to 3/4 of a yard of prewashed denim like heavy fabric. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric.
  2. With right sides together, sew around the edge of the fabric leaving a gap at the bottom and at the front shoulder seems. As shown in the photo below.
  3. trim and clip the curves about 1/4" from stitching.
  4. Turn right sides out and press. Stitch around the edges again, closing the gap at the bottom, but leaving the gaps at the front shoulder seams.
  5. Insert the back shoulder into the front shoulder opening and stitch into place. Repeat for remaining side.
  6. Hand stitch the snaps on to the back for a closure.
Now you have a reversible bib :)


  1. Thank you for sharing your pattern!! I linked to your pattern and tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:

  2. Nice! Now I know the secret to your super adorable bibs! :)

  3. Adorable, Bri. Great bibs are indispensable.

  4. I made bibs similar to these when my kids were babies. They are fabulous! Thanks for the pattern and tutorial! I'm visiting from TTTC, hope you visit me too!

  5. thanks for the share. I found your blog on Craft Gossip Sewing from my HelloCotton Page.
    I love this, and will have to give it a try. Thanks

  6. Oh, thank you so much for sharing this! Can't wait to give it a try:)