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Towel Bib

Some bibs underestimate the messes babies can make. Hand-towel bibs cover more than the average bib -- and are so easy to create, you'll want one for every day of the week.




  • Fabric scissors
  • Hand Towel
  • Double-fold bias tape


  1. Step 1

    Cut a lollipop-shaped hole for your baby's head in the center of a hand towel.

  2. Step 2

    Finish off the cut edges with double-fold bias tape; for the neck hole, leave the ends long enough to tie around your baby's neck.

Martha Stewart Baby, 2001



Reviews (11)

  • Marylenebaby 11 Oct, 2011

    I am a mother of 3 Tired of cleaning after meals, I created The Miracle Bib. It catches everything that falls from baby mouth and hands while eating.
    The fabric of the bib is waterproof and has wonderful colourful designs.
    The Miracle Bib form a pouch all around the baby that cathch everyting that falls.
    No more crumbs stuck on baby pants and chair . Check out my video at

  • MEUW35 28 Jan, 2009

    My mother in-law years ago came up with the idea of hand towel bibs, you can also make pull over ones, just by makeing a collar and using decorative rib. Her husband was a brilliant man and both were always inventing and coming up with new ideas and were two of the most wonderful people I knew. But I just wanted you to know these have been around for years my kids are all adults now.

  • earthcrusher75 23 Jan, 2009

    You can fold up the end of the towel about 2 inches or so and sew along the edge to create a pocket to catch that runaway food. Placing a small plastic bag inside attched with buttons on each wall will make for easy disposable clean up (just watch those quick grabbing hands!) or line the pocket with vinyl fabric and sew in.

  • Mamma21 12 Jan, 2009

    This is a wonderful pattern for teaching the 4-8 year old set. This teaches binding. I personally will probably close serge the edges and use velcro. Never have enough bibs and just use larger hand towels for the older child ie. toddler.

  • BellaNannaNC 6 Sep, 2008

    Excellent idea! They work so much better than a regular size bib. Applique or use permanent paint to apply a cute block, bear, letter, kangaroo, etc. on front of towel to personalize the bib. You can even turn up the bottom and stitch in place to form a pocket; think 'crumb-catcher.'

  • asfairchild 1 Jul, 2008

    This was very easy. Instead of placing bias tape on all the edges, I only put it on the neck [filtered word] and slip stitched a 1/4 in hem on the straight edges. And I know my one year old will not sit still for me to tie the bib around her neck, so instead I put velcro at the top. Works great!

  • ElComer 26 Jun, 2008

    This looks like an easy craft to use often. I'm looking forward to trying this.

  • mzito 28 Mar, 2008

    The store-bought bibs that my baby has worn from 0 to 12 months have a circle that is between 3 and 3.5 inches in diameter.

  • kik 27 Mar, 2008

    What is the size of the cirkel you cut out?

  • kathycurrentfamilysingerknitter 25 Mar, 2008

    Go to the sales rack and purchase end of holiday(christmas/st pat's, easter-or patriotic) cotton or terry hand towels. The terrycloth ones absorb the slobber from teething little ones as well. This is an idea my grandmother and aunts passed on to me when I had my kids(now 28 and 24). And now I will continue to make them for my own grandson.

  • GrammaHoney 11 Mar, 2008

    What kind of towel was used to make these bibs? Something from Martha's line at Kmart or Macy's?