You wouldn’t be the first mom who ever wrapped a dish towel around her child’s neck and pinned in place for a bib. Whether life’s been too hectic, or you just can’t remember where you put the stack of clean bibs, the dish towel has always been a suitable substitute. A dish towel might not be the bib you would choose if you knew company was coming, but in an emergency, it works fine.
If you’re a new mom, and you’re also someone who sews, you can take those dish towels and turn them into cute bibs that are large and simple to make. Start by taking a single dish towel and folding it across the width. The fold should be directly across the middle. Cut a half-circle shape across the fold so that, when you open the dish towel back up, there’s a large hole right in the middle of the towel.
It can be helpful to use a shirt or sleeper belonging to the baby as a pattern for the hole size. If the hole you cut is too large the finished bib can’t really do its job. If it’s too small, you’ll have to tug and pull to get it on and off the baby, so the hole size for the bib is important.
Use stretch binding to cover the raw edges of the cut towel. The binding can be found at most any store that sells fabric. You’ll find it available in colors to match or coordinate with nearly any color of dish towel. The elasticized binding should be at least an inch to an inch-and-a-half wide.
Position the end of the binding to be at the edge of the neck hole, on the side of one shoulder. Pin it so that it encircles the cut hole of the bib. Use a straight stitch to sew around the opening. Remove from the machine. Where the two ends come together, place them so that their right sides are facing each other, then stitch across to make a short seam. Trim threads.
Simply pull the bib over the baby’s head to put it on. The bib is worn so that the width of the towel goes from one shoulder to the other. Without that annoying plastic piece on the backs of many bibs you can easily use the dish towel bib to wipe baby’s mouth before removing the bib. To remove the bib without smearing food all over the baby, roll the bib up in the front, then hold the roll in place as you pull the bib over the baby’s head.