Hand Towel Bib Sewing Tutorial

Hand Towel Bib Sewing Tutorial

One of the Green Mommies recently requested that I teacher how to make a hand towel bib.  I made several for my daughters 1st birthday party to give as party favors.  Years later, I still see the bibs being used.  That completely makes my day!

The bibs I like to make are sewn from regular hand towels and have a snap in the back for easy on and off.  The bibs are large and cover the lap of a small child and work as a great smock for an older child’s artistic expressions.  Because the bib snaps on and off, you don’t have to worry about smooshing food or paint from the bib into the child’s hair.  The edges of the bib are also long enough that cleaning up stray carrot puree from behind the left ear is easy.

Yup, I loved my bibs.  My almost 4 year old daughter (sniff, sniff, she’s getting so big!) wanted to wear one for spaghetti dinner the other night.

There is a video tutorial on how to sew of this bib here:


Here are the materials you need.  I forgot to take a picture of the thread and snaps, but you get the idea.  A hand towel, a piece of 3 1/2 x 13″ rib knit cotton and 16″ of  double fold bias tape.

Find the center point of the back, short edge of the towel.  Cut a straight line, 6 inches perpendicular to the hem of the towel.  I used a cup with a 4 inch diameter opening to draw a circle at the top of my 6 inch cut.  Cut out the circle.

Pin the bias tape, right sides together to the hand towel.  Pin the rib knit, right sides together along the short edges.

Sew the rib knit along the short, pinned side at half an inch.  Back tack on the folded edges.

Sew the bias tape in the crease.  For purchased bias tape, sew on the narrow side.

Fold the bias tape around the towel’s edge and pin in place.  Make sure that the original stitch line is covered by the bias tape.

Shucks!  I forgot to take pictures of the remaining steps.  Fortunately there is a video tutorial!

Pin the rib knit to the circle neck hole and stitch a half inch seam allowance.

Fold the rib knit over the raw edge, pin and sew again, making sure to cover the first stitch line by at least a quarter to half an inch.  A half inch all the way around is best.

Use sew on snaps or a snap press for the final step.

Your little one is going to look so cute and covered!





If you wish to have me make the bibs for you, just shoot me an email and I would be more than happy to make a set just for you!

The bibs are $12 for a pair and and additional $4 each for a name custom embroidered on the bib.




  1. I see exactly where I went wrong! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. What a great idea! So simple too! Thanks for sharing! Judy @ KAMsnaps.com

    • Oh, cute. <3 Cute AND useful, so a total win. *downloads ptrtean* That FO-in-two-hours thing is totally why I knit dishcloths. I have enough from my grandmother to keep me in dishcloths for most of the rest of my life (and I am not even exaggerating) yet I still find myself knitting them from time to time.

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