Quick Tip: Thanksgiving Baby Bib

November 14, 2020By Joanne BankoApparel, Baby 4 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Need a new baby bib in time for the Thanksgiving holiday? All you need is a blank baby bib to get started! Add an adorable Brother iBroidery design, and then quickly attach a cute ribbon using the button sewing stitch and your Brother button sewing foot. This DIY baby big is fast, fun, and the perfect way to help your little one celebrate the holidays. Read on to learn how to craft your very own!


  • Brother Sewing and Embroidery machine.
  • Brother Embroidery Thread
  • Brother Bobbin Thread for Embroidery
  • SA580 Medium Weight Tear-Away Stabilizer for stabilizing back side of bib.
  • SA520 Water Soluble Stabilizer for topping on terry cloth bib.
  • Brother button sewing foot “M.” Note: Check your included accessories, button sewing foot “M’ is included with many Brother machines. This foot comes in two styles. One has a lever for adding a thread shank and the other is an open front foot without a lever. See both feet in the instructions below.
  • Blank baby bib
  • Coordinating ribbon measuring ¼-inch wide X 10-inches long
  • Size 11 embroidery needle for embroidering.
  • Featured embroidery design, (Item Number: DC HY0796) purchased from iBroidery.com, or another design of your choice. See Figure #1.


Tip: A simple search for Thanksgiving on iBroidery.com will bring up two pages of delightful Thanksgiving themed designs.


color chart
Figure #1


Note: I used the Brother Luminaire in this example. Check your machine for a button sewing stitch to coordinate with the button sewing foot. This stitch is available on many Brother computerized machines.


Step 1. Embroider bib using tear-away stabilizer on back and water soluble on top, to keep embroidery stitches from sinking into nap of fabric. Be sure to leave room for the ribbon at the top. Remove stabilizer and press bib. See Figure #2.

bib on table
Figure #2


Step 2. Pull back lever on Button Sewing foot M. Note: Pulling this lever forward creates a thread shank, allowing space for buttons to easily work with buttonholes in medium to heavy fabric. You don’t need this feature for sewing ribbons. See arrows showing lever pulled back in Figure #3a. Alternative button sewing foot “M” does not have a lever. See Figure #3b.

bib and lever
Figure #3a


post it and clip
Figure #3b


Step 3. Tie ribbon into a bow and center on top of bib. See Figure #4.

pinned ribbon
Figure #4


Step 4. Select button sewing stitch. This is stitch No. 4-23, on the Brother Luminaire, included in the menu with buttonholes. Center foot in center of ribbon bow. See Figure #5.

ribbon on sewing foot
Figure #5


Attach ribbon bow with button sewing stitch. See Figure #6.

sew ribbon
Figure #6


Tie off thread tails by hand before clipping the tails. You are finished! Enjoy dressing the baby in this adorable Thanksgiving bib.


final bib




  • Joanne you do a great job with your projects! Thanks for sending me your link! Your Friend,Terrie Miller Alko club

  • I know i missed Thanksgiving to do a bib, however i would like to do a Christmas one for my new grandson. I have several blank bibs that I bought at wal-mart now they have that plastic lining on the back (couldn’t find any without it) is that plastic going to be an issue?? Will it pull away from the stitching, or peel off at the stitches when it is washed or anything? Is there a way to stop this from happening if it does? thank you for your project it is very adorable…Toni

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