Monster Bib {Pattern & Tutorial}

Hi all! After the great response on my girly baby bib post I decided to make a tutorial for my newest bib design. The monster bib.

I love how they turned out and hope you do too.

So let’s get started.

Supplies needed-

  • Pattern (download here: Page 1 | Page 2)
  • Fabric (2 coordinating fabrics plus scraps of black and white for pupils, eyes, and teeth)
  • Batting (optional)
  • Fabric for backing (flannel, fleece, chenille, minky, etc…)
  • Wonder Under
  • Writing utensil for tracing
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Snaps or velcro


Download and cut out your pattern. Overlap the top section of the bib on the dotted line of the bottom section of the bib and tape the two pieces together. Iron your fabrics. Cut your main fabric 12″ x 10.5″ and the fabric that will be below the teeth to 4″ x 10.5″.

Trace the four circles (the eyes) and the teeth onto the smooth side of your Wonder Under. Cut around each piece of the Wonder Under leaving a little extra “negative space” and iron them rough side down onto your fabrics following the directions on the back of the package. If you are using felt like I did for the pupils, make sure you use a barrier between the iron and the felt (like a scrap of cotton fabric) or you can scorch the felt and cause it to melt.

I’ve had a couple of readers mention they dislike applique and find it difficult to get the paper off. The Wonder Under can be a pain to work with. Here is what I’ve learned to make it a bit easier to get the backing off without causing the edges to fray.

So, we left a bit of negative space before ironing the Wonder Under onto the fabric. Before you start to cut out around your shape, lift one side of the Wonder Under and peel it away from the fabric exposing the adhesive underneath. Set it back down and then cut around your shape. Now you already have an edge to help you pull off the backing without picking at the corner trying to get a start. You then rip it off fast like you would a band-aid.

Place the teeth onto the top of your 4″ x 10.5″ piece of fabric and iron it down. Sew around the perimeter (I forgot this step until later). Layout your main fabric front (the 12″ x 10.5″) face up. Line up the mouth with your teeth closest to the bottom as shown above. Fabrics should be right sides together. With a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the two together and then press.

Fold fabric right sides together in half longways. Line up the bib pattern on the inside crease and trace the bib onto the back (obviously, make sure to keep the teeth towards the bottom of the pattern). This will make placing the eyes in the correct position easier. Take the Wonder Under backing off the eyeballs, iron them down, and then sew around the perimeter. Repeat with the pupils. Instead of back-stitching, pull the front threads to the back and tie a knot.

Now we are ready to assemble our bib. Trace and cut out your bib pattern on your batting and your fabric for the backing (in my case, this is minky). Sandwich them together as follows: on bottom your minky right side up, then your monster face right-side towards the minky, followed by your batting on top of that. If you are not using batting, it’s just the two fabrics right-sides together. Pin them together and sew a 1/4-inch seam around the bib, leaving a small opening for turning at the bottom.

Cut notches around your bib making sure not to cut your stitches. Then turn the bib right-side out using a chopstick or other blunt-tipped tool. Iron your monster flat, folding in the fabric from your opening and pinning it to close it up. Top stitch around the edge of the entire bib to finish it off. Now all you have left to do is attach snaps or velcro and you’re finished!

Finished bib measures 8.5″ wide by 13″ tall.

I think the one I made for the tutorial turned out looking more like a dragon. :) See how versatile this fabulous pattern is?



Drop me a line if you have any questions!

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124 Responses to Monster Bib {Pattern & Tutorial}

  1. Wendy says:

    I LOVE this!! thanks so much for sharing

  2. These are just adorable
    i would love for you to share these with our link party over at live love laugh

  3. Cate says:

    these are so so so cute (three so:) thank you for sharing! they are going to make awesome gifts!

  4. Sandra :) says:

    These are TOTALLY adorable — I just saw them on Pinterest a minute ago and had to repin — I need to make some of these cutie monsters for our g-niece and g-nephews!

  5. Sandy says:

    Can’t wait to make one of these for my next baby shower gift. Thanks so much for sharing with us how to make it!

  6. Shannon says:

    So cute!!! What a fun idea!!!


  7. Baye says:

    So cute! I can’t wait to make a few. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  8. I love how you put the colorful fabric along the bottom. They are so fun!

  9. Dona says:

    Visiting from delicate Contruction linky party. These are absolutely wonderful!


  10. Erin says:

    Ahhhhh! They’re so cute! Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

  11. I love these, they are gorgeous!

  12. Pam says:

    Such fun, colourful bibs!!! A very clever idea. I especially love the monster teeth. I would love for you to share these at our ongoing linky that’s just for Baby Clothes and Accessories .

  13. So adorable! I really love these! I’m going to have to make some for my next baby shower present!

  14. These are so cute! I did a whole monster first birthday party for my son last April, and wish I had this idea!!! So cute – thanks for sharing!

  15. Sandra :) says:

    I couldn’t resist – I made my first one today, lol. Easy peasy, and ever so cute! I posted it to my blog and linked back to you, Lisa – thank you for such a fun project! I already have another one cut out to make, lol!

  16. Shannon says:

    Those are so adorable! I bet they’re pretty popular with the babies! :)

  17. Heidi Fowler says:

    I think those are about the cutest bibs ever! I would love it if you shared this and any other idea you would like to link up to “One Creative Weekend” at

  18. Britni says:

    Agh! I’m a sucker for anything monster! That was our theme for my daughter’s first birthday :) These are just too cute. Thanks for sharing such a cute design! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you there! :)

  19. Ashley says:

    These are so adorable!

  20. Great project !!

    I would love you to share this @ my craft, create and inspire linky party …

    Hope to see you there

    Claire x

  21. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely LOVE this pattern. Thank you for sharing and thanks for linking up to our “Pretty Things” party! Hope to see you back here next week.

  22. Tash says:

    OH MY GOSH that is so cool! Thanks a gazillion for sharing, I appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating free tutorials…you are amazing!

    I am definately needing to make some of these for my future kiddies…can’t hurt to have a few on hand when the time comes :o)

    I found you on Pinterest… I just adore your blog so I’m now stalking you!

    Tashy ~ The Quirky Crafting Shmoogle Bean

  23. wow these are just so sweet!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday, that runs from Saturday to Thursday @

  24. Super cute! My bigs kids would love for me to make these for our newest little “monster”. I love unique stuff, thanks for the tute! I found your blog via Craft o Maniac, and just started following! I would love it if you stopped by my brand new blog and if you feel so inclined, follow me too! Hope you have a great day!

  25. Mandy says:

    I love these. So cute. I’ve been trying to come up with something out of the ordinary for bibs, you’ve nailed it. Do you have any restrictions for selling items made from your tutorials? I had a look around on your blog for any wording of the sort, just thought I’d ask. Thanks heaps, I’ll definitely be making some for my son.

    • Hi Mandy! I should post my thoughts on selling items made from my tutorials on my tutorial page. I’ll update that. As long as you are not copying and selling my patterns/tutorials I’d be happy for you to use my patterns to create items for resell. Just please give me credit for the pattern itself. Thanks for asking, commenting, and stopping on by!

    • Mandy says:

      Thanks Lisa :-)

  26. Beth says:

    Lisa, This is SO cute! My daughters BF from high school is expecting a baby boy..guess I better get started on a few of these! just a quick tip on getting the paper off paper backed fusibles. When you have let your piece cool, and have trimmed to the size you want, take a straight pin and run a score line someplace in the middle of your piece(on the paper side). This will just give you a line to start with. If you cannot find the line, bend the piece right at the line and it will gap a bit, giving you a starting place. (took me YEARS to figure this out..but boy it helps!) Thanks for the cute pattern!

  27. Kathie says:

    These are absolutely adorable! Love those teeth! Thanks for linking them up to Gettin’Krafty With It!

  28. Christine says:

    Lisa!!! They are AMAZING!!!!!! Soooo cool!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  29. Katie Adams says:

    These are so stinking cute! Thanks for the great tutorial! I would love for you to share it on my weekly linky party Blog Stalking Thursday.

  30. Cute, cute, cute!
    I host a link party with two other bloggers. When you add a link it will show up on all three blogs. I would really love to have you add this to the hop:

  31. No way! How cute are these?! I am loving it! I’d love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  32. Thank you for linking these to my party! I featured them in my weekly spotlight. Happy Crafting!

  33. Kristy says:

    Precious! Saw these at the Happy Hour link up, love how cute they are!!

  34. Amy says:

    These are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love finding new and interesting way of dressing up bibs. These are great. Thanks again. Elba

  36. Those are hilarious and adorable!!! Love ‘em! Pinned ‘em!!
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party open

  37. Thanks for sharing these! You’ll be featured this week on Bear Rabbit Bear Craft’s Things to Make This Weekend!

  38. These are so stinkin’ cute. I have to share with my daughter as she is having a boy in November. Thanks for sharing at Totally Transformed Tuesday.

  39. So cute and perfect for babies! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  40. Christine says:

    CONGRATS!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! YAY!!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it :)

  41. SERIOUSLY and I mean SERIOUSLY darling – I’m sooooo gonna make this next time I need a baby present idea! thanks for the wonderful inspiration!


  42. Sarah says:

    These are so adorable! I would love for you to share them at my link party going on now:

  43. You could sell these for lots of $$$$$$! I love all things monsters! I threw my boys a monster themed party for their birthdays last year and would have loved one of these bibs for my one year old. I am pinning this for any possible future babies :) Happy to be a new follower. -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

  44. These are soooooo cute! I love bibs. Good thing I have some friends who just had some boys! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  45. So cute! My little boy may just need these. Love them!

  46. Rhiannon says:

    LOVE these! Such a funky idea, a bit different from the normal bib pattern. Pinning….

  47. j’adores super idée. Mon fils va adorer. bonne continuation…

  48. Debra :) says:

    These are sooooooo adorable! I can’t wait to make some for my daughters. They are going to love them! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  49. Alayna says:

    These are so stinkin’ cute! And just in time for my son. Thank you!

  50. Super original et merci pour le patron et le tuto !
    Thank you for sharing!

  51. Artediella says:

    these are so gourgeos! verynice! thanks for the tutoril! I will do it very soon! bye Mariella

  52. Mamen says:

    Preciosoa y muy simpáticos
    Felicidades por tus trabajos.
    besos desde España Mamen

  53. Hi Lisa! I shared your tutorial on my blog today in a round-up of monster theme ideas:

    Thank you for the inspiration! : )


  54. I had so much fun making these today and some girly bibs too! Thanks for the great idea, I’ve never completed a sewing project without my mom’s help-lame I know! But your tutorial led me to independence in sewing! Thanks!

  55. Theresa says:

    Love these…going to make them for my sister’s baby….she’s due in Feb. :0)

  56. Michele says:

    Thanks for the fun pattern!

  57. Wonderful Tutorial! I love it!

    I linked to it on my blog post on the best baby tutorials, here:

    <3 Hannah

  58. Cute bibs. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Love them…made them…thanks for sharing.

  60. Evening there, Your bib idea is awesome and as I have started blogging again I’ve blogged about it.
    Thank you for sharing your design x

  61. Dawn Crowder says:

    So cute!! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to make these for my new grandbabies on the way!!

  62. Maren Clark says:

    These are adorable! I would love to make a couple for my little guy, but I’m having trouble downloading the pattern! :( It comes up with a dropbox error message.

  63. Kristi says:

    Hi for some reason the pattern download wont work for me :( and they are so cute i need to make them!!

    • Argh, Drop Box was down yesterday for a bit too. So sorry. It’s working on my end so maybe try it again. If that doesn’t work shoot me an e-mail @ lisasummerhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll send them directly to you.

  64. Barabà says:

    These monsters are so lovely! Thank you!

  65. Husna says:

    they are so lovely!!! is it ok if i posted my finished project on my blog? :)

  66. bambi says:

    thank you so much for shareing this adorable

  67. Ita says:

    Thank you so much! These took a long time to make (for me), but are absolutely adorable! I didn’t have any wonder under in the house, but I just stitched around the eyes and teeth (using a fabric that wouldn’t fray!) and it worked fine. I made the whole project using scraps and fabric from old flatsheets etc, and it didn’t cost me a penny! (Well, I guess I paid for the velcro or snaps, which I haven’t put on yet!)

    • Lisa Summerhays says:

      So glad you tried it out!! And worked around needing to buy the Wonder Under too.

      I think trying new products/techniques is the scariest part of sewing. Snaps and velcro aren’t too difficult to use but sound a bit scary until you try them out. I’m working on getting the courage to try out zippers. They kind of freak me out. :)

  68. Jen says:

    Just seen these on Pinterest and think they are wonderful! Can’t wait to have a go at making one. Hope it turns out as good :)

  69. Merlynn Wierzbicki says:

    Hi, Lisa just love your Little Monster Bibs & would love to make some for my nephew, but I’m having trouble downloading the pattern. I’ve tried it several times, on different day & it’s still not working. Could you please e-mail me the pattern too?

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  71. Judy says:

    These are super adorable! Wonderful idea & wonderful tute!

    Judy @

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  73. Kitt Carsten says:

    Lisa – Do I need to worry about black fabric pupils bleeding on the rest of the bib in a cold water wash?

  74. Sonia says:

    I have some problem to download pattern part 2
    how could I do?
    thanks a lot Sonia

  75. Heather says:

    Super cute pattern!! I can’t wait to try these. Just wondering if you straight stitched or zig zagged when sewing around the eyes and teeth??


  76. Kim says:

    I am a little confused, the pattern has two pieces, is that the entire bib? I do not understand the extra piece for the teeth area because the one I downloaded has a curved area like it was complete, am I missing something? Thank you…..

    • Lisa Summerhays says:

      You tape the top and bottom together and cut them on the fold when cutting your bib out. I’m a little confused on what you are asking about the teeth though. Does that help at all?

  77. Ashley says:

    Love love love this pattern! I was wondering if I could sell product using this pattern or if a license for selling was available for purchase? I didn’t want to do it without asking! :)

    • Lisa Summerhays says:

      Hi Ashley, thank you for asking! Yes, feel free. I have no problems with you using my tutorials/patterns for items to sell. :)

  78. Christine says:

    I link to the pattern pages is broken. Am I missing something? THanks!

    • Lisa Summerhays says:

      Try opening it up in a different browser. That seems to have been the issue though I’m not sure why. If that doesn’t work e-mail me ( and I’ll e-mail it to you.

      • Tizzy says:

        Hi Lisa, I LOVE THESE, but cannot access the pages? Can you please email it to me also?

        Much appreciated :)

        • Lisa Summerhays says:

          I did e-mail it to you a few days ago, Tizzy. :( Check your junk mail or try to open the pattern in a different browser. Sorry, I was on top of it, I swear. :)

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  81. Tizzy says:

    I love love love these.. but im struggling ti download the pages? ?Can anyone help?

  82. Tizzy says:

    Love ot can someone pleas email me the pages for the pattern as im struggling to downloand them
    Thanks xxx

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  91. Netu says:

    Hello from Barcelona!Thanks for your tutorial. I made two bib’s for my future baby!! Blessings!

  92. Miranda says:
    wanted so share the awesome bibs i made using your pattern. THANK YOU

  93. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    These are wonderful to look at and so doable! Thank you for sharing a fabulous tutorial to walk us right on through the process.

  94. RosieC says:

    Just found your tutorial on the monster bibs and had to make one up today. It came out so cute! Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial! Love all the ones you made! Great color combos.

  95. Valery says:

    Hola … Intente descargar el patrón, pero no pude. Por favor alguien podría enviármelo? Lo agradecería muchísimo!

    Hi … Try downloading the pattern, but I could not. Could someone please send it to me? Really appreciate it!

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