repurposed denim bibs – from old jeans and tee shirts

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Turn your old jeans into repurposed denim bibs for your toddler!

Got a messy eater?  A pair of jeans that you’re ready to retire?  A tee-shirt that’s seen better days?  You’ll love these repurposed denim bibs!  Round them up those jeans and tees  (well, maybe put the baby down for a nap first), and head to your sewing machine.  I’m going to show you how to I make our awesome repurposed denim bibs.  

Why denim is the perfect material for a child’s bib:

I could go on and on about how much I love these bibs.  But I’m going to keep it short and sweet:  they’re re-purposed (that alone makes my heart do a little flip-flop), durable (hello…denim…), stain-resistant, cheap (read: free!), they look cool, and they make an awesome gift, which is a good thing, because everyone’s gonna want one when they see your little Hooligan wearing one.

repurposed denim bibs for toddlers

I should also mention that flannel shirts and jammies are awesome for backing these bibs with too.

Supplies needed for making your denim bibs:

  • a pair of old jeans
  • an old tee shirt or flannel shirt
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • velcro

How to make a repurposed denim bib:

Find a bib in your current stash that you love the size and shape of.  The bigger the better, in my books. Trace it on a piece of newspaper (or waxed paper, wrapping paper etc), adding 1/4 inch seam allowance, and cut it out.

Now, grab your jeans and open up a leg open by cutting all the way up the in-seam.

Cut your tee-shirt open as well.

Everything pinned together, I can cut it all out in one step.

Lay your tee shirt over your denim (right sides together).  Lay your pattern on top, and pin in place.  Cut around your pattern.  Remove your paper pattern, but leave your bib pieces pinned together.  Don’t worry if your denim piece has a seam running across it.  That’s ok.  Look at my finished pics.  My bibs all have a seam running across the front.  It’s all part of the re-purposed look. :)

Now, sew your front and back pieces together, leaving about a 1.5 inch hole (somewhere along one side of the bib) for turning.

Turn your bib right side out and iron it flat.

Pin the hole shut, and stitch it closed

pin the hole together, and stitch it closed, sewing close to the edge of the fabric


Top stitch all around the edge of the bib so that over time, the front and back layers don’t shift.

Last step: sew a couple of squares of velcro to the ends of the bib for fastening, and you’re done.

Do you love it?  Do you?  Do you?  Isn’t it awesome?  Wasn’t it easy?

You know what I do if I’m giving them as a gifts?  I cover that seam with a piece of fabric that co-ordinates with the back of the bib.  You can see what I mean here.  Just cut a strip slightly longer than the width of the bib.  Turn the long edges of the strip under and press flat.  Cover the seam by top-stitching the strip in place before stitching the front and back of the bib together.

repurposed denim bibsIf you’re looking for another way to re-purpose your old jeans, please check out our AWESOME re-purposed denim aprons!


Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans
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