How to Make a No-Sew Drool Bib

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teething baby drools a lot. All that moisture can irritate a child’s skin and lead to a rash. That’s where drool bibs come in. These little garments keep your baby’s skin and clothing dry. For a lovely heirloom quality bib, shop our functional and fashionable selection of drool bibs.

But, if your baby is soaking through many bibs each day, you might find that you run out of clean bibs before the next laundry session.

Teething doesn’t last forever. Why buy a stack of bibs that you’ll only need for a short time? In a pinch, you can improvise a drool bib. You can also make bibs from things you have at home or that you can find at a thrift store. This is a quick, easy project that doesn’t require sewing.

These DIY projects won’t necessarily result in a garment that you’d want to wear for a family photo session or to church. But, if your fabric is nice, an improvised bib will look cute and will be perfect for playtime. When your baby no longer needs 24-7 protection from drool, use the extra bibs as rags.

How to Make a No-Sew Drool Bib

For the bib you can use any fabric that won’t fray. These include knit interlock (t-shirt material) and fleece. Sometimes unfinished edges of knits can curl, so take that into account when you calculate size. Buy the fabric or use old clothing or bedsheets. Or, if you don’t mind fraying, you could use a woven fabric that will eventually form a fringe-like edge.

Here’s the material list:

  • Newspaper
  • Fabric
  • Yard stick, measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Diaper pin


  • Measure: If your baby has a bandana bib, measure the longest side of the triangle. You can also wrap a measuring tape loosely around your child’s neck. Add a few inches for overlap and comfort.
  • Make a paper pattern: Based on your measurement, draw a square on a piece of newspaper (or any paper you have on hand). Make sure that from point to point it’s at least as long as the measurement you took. Cut out the square.
  • Cut the fabric: Use your paper pattern to cut the fabric.
  • Fold the square in half to form a triangle.
  • Wrap around your baby’s neck and secure with a diaper pin.

That’s it!

An Even Simpler Method

Sometimes you need a drool bib fast. In those instances, grab a big washcloth or bandana and fold it in half to make a triangle. Wrap it around your child’s neck and fasten it with a diaper pin. If you don’t have a square towel, just fold a hand towel and arrange it as best you can before securing with a pin. You can also use a cloth diaper. A towel or diaper bib won’t look pretty, but sometimes you just need something that works!

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