Ever noticed how fast babies grow? In the beginning it’s especially fast and those cute little outfits get outgrown quickly. Why not upcycle baby clothes into something new like bibs for that growing, drooling baby?
With all the new outfits we purchased or received as gifts for our baby boy, many of them were like-new but had gotten stained from breastmilk. I did not want to donate these milk-stained baby clothes so I upcycled some of his outfits into soft baby bibs for catching drool. I also turned some other outfits into DIY teething rings.
Learn how to upcycle baby clothes into bibs
Don’t throw out those stained baby outfits! Upcycle them into bibs. They already have a perfect neck hole and snap closure. The backside will be turned into the front of the bib and that snap closure will turn around to the back of the neck.
- baby outfit
- soft, absorbant fabric for backing (terry cloth, french terry, fleece, or even an old towel works)
- basic sewing supplies
Start by cutting off the sleeves.
Fold the outfit in half lengthwise so there’s a fold down the middle of the back.
Cut a bib shape from the back of the outfit.
Once the back is cut, reposition the outfit to lay flat and cut the front of the outfit to create a neckband. Be sure to leave the top snap or button.
You should now have a bib shaped piece complete with finished neckline, snap closure, and long hanging bib front.
Lay the new bib piece onto the backing fabric, trace, and cut out.
You should now have matching front and back pieces for the bib.
Lay the two pieces with right-sides together.
Pin all sides. Sew around the perimeter except for the neckline.
Turn the bib right sides out and finish with a top stitch. You’ll need to fold in the thin edges near the snap closure and top stitch.
I love that necklines were already finished and fit around my son’s neck perfect. And those soft baby clothes fabrics are perfect for dabbing up a little drool.
That’s it! You now have a new drool bib made from used baby outfits. You get to see your little one wear those cute baby prints for a little bit longer.
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Do you upcycle your baby’s clothes? What have you made? Show me in the comments below.