Make a Bib from an Old Pair of Jeans

Make a durable baby or toddler bib from the pant leg of an old pair of jeans.

You. are. going. to . love. these. bibs.

They are thee only bibs that I use here in my home daycare, and I make them from the pant legs of our old jeans!  Denim on the front, flannel (or jersey) on the back, they are, in a word, amazing!  I haven’t had to buy bibs for my daycare in almost 10 years because the denim ones hold up so well!

These bibs are really easy to make too.  If you can sew a straight line, you’ll be able to handle this project.  Whether you have one or two children, or a whole houseful of them, you’re going to love these bibs for so many reasons!

repurposed denim bibs

Why I love this repurposed denim bib:

  • easy to make
  • give a new life to an old pair of jeans
  • stain-resistant
  • durable
  • can be made to fit a baby or to cover a 4 or 5 year old
  • easy to clean
  • comfortable
  • reversible
  • makes a great homemade baby gift

Think about how durable denim is!  It’s the work-horse of the fabric industry!  And it’s actually very stain-resistant too.  Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, blueberries, raspberries… it all washes right out ( and I do not pre-soak or scrub!).

These bibs also make great baby shower gifts!  You can make them simple and sweet for your home or daycare, but jazz them up with a darker denim and a contrasting fabric when giving your home-made denim bib as a gift.

repurposed denim bibs for toddlers


Supplies needed for making your denim bibs:

  • a pair of old jeans
  • fabric for reverse (old tee shirt/flannel shirt/flannel pj pant leg)
  • 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.

making a homemade baby bib

  • Lay your tee shirt over your denim (right sides together).
  • Place 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 every day bibs have a seam running across the front.  It’s all part of the re-purposed look.

If you’re giving the bibs as a gift, you can topstitch a band of decorative trim or fabric over the seam before proceeding.  You can see what I mean here.

  • Sew your front and back pieces together, leaving a 1.5 inch hole along one side of the bib for turning right-side-out.
  • Turn your bib right side out and iron it flat.
  • Pin the hole shut, and stitch it closed.

sewing a bib from old jeans

top-stitching around edge of bib

  • 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?

Check it out!  Aren’t they just the best?  They’re so cute.  They’re totally easy to clean.  I love that they’re kind of water resistant – you know how denim doesn’t just soak up a spill, so the kids shirts don’t get soppy if there are spills while eating, and they’ll take a TON Of wear and tear.

Honestly, I’ve had a collection of them going on about 10 years now.  They’re used almost every day, and they’ve gone through dozens of kids.  They’re still in great shape!

You really can’t go wrong with a project like this!

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


  1. says

    Love these! Made some for a baby shower and sewed a strip across with cute fabric. Everyone loved them! Someone even offered me their old jeans if I needed more! Definitely making the aprons too.

    • happyhooligans says

      Good for you, Kristie! I’m so glad you made them! Aren’t they fun and cute? That’s great that you were offered some old jeans too! I love that! Let me know how the aprons turn out! :)

  2. says

    This is a great idea! I have tons of old jeans that I just can’t get rid of, but they are definitely not wearable anymore. I’ll have to try this!
    I have a love-hate relationship with velcro….well, it’s probably 90% hate (and it only gets any love because I don’t have to tie my son’s shoes all the time!)….so I may have to do snaps, or get over the intimidation factor and learn to use the button-hole foot on my sewing machine.

  3. Susan says

    Thank you so much for sharing the bibs and aprons. I am going to mske them. I might ask for a room in the daycare to do my sewing in.

  4. Rita says

    I just tried it – it was supposed to be a present for a baby-party…. but I wanted to keep it aaaall myself for later when having own children :)

  5. says

    Oh, I love denim bibs so much and I could say that you really did a great job in making these awesome bibs of yours. I have tons of old jeans in my cabinet so I will try making these bibs too. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  6. Judi McElmury says

    I would like to know how to make the aprons if you could please send back the steps on how to make them.

    hanks Judi

    • happyhooligans says

      The link is right there at the bottom of the post, Judi. Just click on it, and it will take you to the step-by-step instructions for the aprons. :)

  7. Rebekh says

    I have been a nurse for 40 odd years, I work with pedi & geri patients. I took you apron & bib projects, put them together to make larger bibs for my elderly “kids”. works Great, Thank you so much. Bekah

    • happyhooligans says

      Fantastic, Rebekh! It always makes me so happy when I hear that my ideas have been used with the elderly. Thank you for letting me know. Blessings to you and your patients. x

  8. Kelly says

    I am new to sewing. You don’t explain how to sew the flannel across the front of the bib. How do you do that and not have the edges shown? I would really like to try this for my grandson, but I have no idea how you do it, since you did not provide those instructions

    • happyhooligans says

      Before you sew the back to the front, Kelly, take a strip of flannel. Press a hem on top and bottom edges (just fold a little bit of your flannel edges over to the back, and press in place with an iron. Lay your flannel right side facing on the good side of the front of the bib. Topstitch in place. Then sew the back and front of the bib together. :) Hope this helps.


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