How many bibs does it take?

I’m no expert when it comes to babies. The last baby I was around was my sister and she’s 22 now, so that was a long time ago. When I decided to make Chexie some bibs I didn’t have a clue as to how many I should make to start with. Some people say loads (20+) and others say a handful are fine (5  or so). The number comes down to how often you will do laundry, if you have a spit-upper on your hands and how often baby feeds. So I decided to make 12 and go from there. The best part about making these was how fast they came together and how cheap they cost me (not including labor, of course).

Chexie's bibs

With scraps and two fat quarters in hand I set out to make my bibs using this tutorial. I purchased some towelling fabric and in hindsight I should have just used towels we are no longer attached to. Oh well. You live, you learn. At least I bought some vibrant towelling that gives the bibs a bit more umph.

Chexie's bibs

Bibs make a great beginner’s project in that it’s fast and easy. But don’t fear if you are not a green sewer, you won’t be bored to tears making these. You get to work on your top-stitching skills and get comfortable sewing round edges. Win, win!

Chexie's bibs

So here’s the breakdown of costs. Initially I thought they each cost me £1.53/$2.46 a bib but after using cheaper snaps, it brought the costs down.

Towelling £6.74 (used 3/4 a meter)
Two Fat Quarters £5.60
Scraps (10 pieces) Free
Snaps (12) £1.00
Total £13.34 or £1.11/$1.78 a bib

Not too bad considering I get to use up my scraps and match baby’s bibs to my existing garments. Is anyone making anything for their baby or kids at the moment? I’ll be working on some blankets next.


12 thoughts on “How many bibs does it take?

  1. Ooh they are so cute – I’m tempted to do the same! I’ve cut out the pieces for a pair of dungarees in teal corduroy (leftover scraps from a beignet) – can’t wait to put it together!

  2. One word: teething. Berta and I needed dozens and dozens of bibs with Adam – almost never for feeding/spitting up. Once the teething started we very quickly decided it was preferable to let his drool soak through bib after bib than to let his shirt/clothes get soaked. 1) much easier to change out a bib 2) Who’d be comfortable with their top in a nearly constant state of wet?

    It seems like other parents somehow manage without the bibs.. but I’m not quite sure how. We’d have needed 3x as many clothes and would have had to be doing an even larger amount of laundry. (To say nothing of Adam’s general dislike for clothes changes – maybe the baby’s demeanor makes the difference?)

    • Oh, yes, teething, of course.I have this cute tutorial saved for handkerchief bibs, which will be great for when the teething starts. I probably should have some made before baby comes because I doubt I’ll have much time to whip them up once it’s here.

      Thanks Matt!

  3. These are really cute! 🙂 I think 12 is a good number. For teething bibs you could just use a cheap waterproof tablecloth as an inside layer. I love the look of these bibs, though!

  4. These are absolutely adorable! I wish I would have seen this before I had kids, I would have made my own as they are outrageously expensive!

    We always used the bibs more for teething slobber than for actual feeding time, so you might take that into consideration as well!

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