Create a Baby Bib from a Doily


Baby bibs made from doilies

When baby is dressed in a christening gown or other elegant attire, the last thing you want to do is mar the look with a colorful cartoon bib. This quick-and-easy bib from Martha Pullen’s book, Elegant Sewing for Baby, is made using a pretty linen doily … so it not only coordinates with baby’s fancy heirloom wardrobe, but serves as a special keepsake all of its own! To create your own bib, follow Martha’s instructions below:


  • Purchased doily, 7- by 7-inch square, or 9-inch round
  • 1 yard of double fold bias tape
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Machine embroidery designs of your choice
  • Thread to match embroidery

• Bib Neck Guide (below)


Bib Neck Guide; To save to your computer, right click and choose “Save Image As” from the menu. Or, on a Mac, control-click and “Save As” – You can then print the template from your computer.

1. Trace the neck line curve on the doily (fig. 1).

2. Mark the center of the bib. Center the embroidery design on the bib.

3. Embroider the design.


4. Cut the neck line curve from the doily. Mark the center of the bias strip. Center the bias strip in the center of the bib. Place the cut edge of the bib in the folded bias and pin in place. Stitch the bias to the doily using a blind hem stitch, stitching on the doily and letting the needle swing into the bias (fig. 2).

5. Stitch the folded bias ties together with a straight stitch (fig. 2).

6. Tie a small knot in the ends of the ties (fig. 2).

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Happy Sewing,