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If you’re looking for high-quality baby bibs made with fabric you like, homemade baby bibs might be perfect for you. You can customize your bibs to meet your baby’s needs. You can make the most basic bib around or have fun creating bibs that match your baby’s clothes. Who doesn’t love an extra adorable baby?
But what fabric should you use to make your baby bibs? How much fabric will you need to purchase? And where should you get your fabric?
These are all questions you’ll need answers to before you start sewing. You’re in the right place for the answers! Stay tuned to learn more about the best fabrics for making homemade baby bibs.
The whole purpose of the bib is to catch food and drink so your baby’s clothes don’t get dirty. Having a bib with lackluster absorbency defeats the purpose. A bib that’s difficult to clean just adds to your list of chores.
First, you’ll want to choose a fabric that is soft, absorbent, and easy to clean. Above all else, you want your baby to be comfortable, which means using a softer material. The absorbency and easy-to-clean qualities are essential, but it’s also a treat to have something nice and easy to use.
If your baby is a messy eater, but you want your bib to be indestructible – or waterproof – consider polyurethane laminate. Trust us, splurging on this waterproof feature has added benefits and will make your life easier.
Polyurethane laminate is one of the most popular waterproofing options that exist. It will exponentially increase your bib’s absorbency and give it a longer life. PUL is also soft enough for your baby’s skin. The great thing about PUL is that it can be applied to just about any fabric, including nylon, polyester, cotton, microfiber, bamboo, etc.
If you’re worried about keeping your baby away from harmful chemicals or toxic finishes, rest assured that there are non-toxic options for waterproofing your baby’s bibs.
Anyone caring for a baby knows how much attention they require. That’s why it’s so important to have a fabric that’s easy to clean. Washing on a cold cycle and letting a bib air dry isn’t practical or feasible. You’ll want to throw bibs in the laundry without worrying about them.
Regardless of what kind of bibs you want to use, you should consider four different options for your average three-layer bib: stay dry, absorbent, waterproof, and all-in-one. Let’s look at the top fabrics for each layer.
You’ll want a moisture-wicking fabric for your baby’s bibs, which is exactly what our Stay Dry fabrics are for. This layer will wick moisture away from your baby and back into the atmosphere.
Our top five Stay Dry layer recommendations are:
Absorbent layers are also super important because of all the food that will land on your baby’s bib. You need a layer that will absorb as much as possible to keep your baby’s clothes clean while they eat. Our top recommendations include:
It’s a no-brainer that a waterproof layer is super helpful, especially when your baby is drinking. You’ll want a waterproof layer for maximum protection for your baby.
Your top five waterproof layer options include:
If you want a two-in-one layer to cut down on how much fabric you use or how much sewing there is, an all-in-one layer that combines absorbency and waterproof qualities is perfect for you.
So, what’s the difference between separate absorbing and waterproof layers vs. an all-in-one layer? You end up saving production time by using the all-in-one layer plus you might not make all your bibs the same way, so purchasing separate layers might make more sense.
Either way, here are our recommendations for the best all-in-one fabrics:
Once you decide what fabric(s) to use for your baby bibs, your next question is probably how much fabric you should buy for your homemade baby bibs. That depends on how many bibs you plan to make.
Here are the average dimensions you’ll want for each baby bib:
You want each bib to fit around your baby’s neck comfortably but snugly enough to protect their clothes from spills. You’ll want the bib to be wide enough and long enough to protect your baby’s clothes before the high chair does the rest of the work.
Making homemade baby bibs is a great alternative to store-bought options that won’t hold up for long. If you’re going to sew your baby’s bibs, get your fabric from Wazoodle Fabrics. Our Stay Dry, Absorbent, Waterproof, and All-In-One Fabrics are sure to provide you with everything you need to make high-quality bibs that will outlive your baby’s need for them.
We offer so many options that you might struggle to decide which fabrics to select. We offer 4x4 swatches of our fabrics if you want to sample them before deciding what fabric will be best for your baby.
Do you have questions? Do you need help? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can answer your questions and help you pick the right fabric for your baby’s needs. You’ll have the perfect baby bibs in no time for a dry parent with unstained clothes and a dry, happy baby with a full tummy.