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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136 Responses to Monster Bib {Pattern & Tutorial}

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!


  8. 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

  9. 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. :)

  10. 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!

    • 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.

  11. 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!)

    • 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. :)

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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?

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

  15. 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??


  16. 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…..

    • 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?

  17. 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! :)

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

    • 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. I need help!!! i want to make one for a baby shower and my measurements are not adding up at all if your suppose to cut the material 12x 10 1/2 for the pattern.. my teeth are 10 inches wide,the bib is about 11 1/2 long and only 9 inches wide so my teeth don’t fit ….I have been trying to play with it for hours and i cant get the pattern at the right size….any help would be nice please ….I dont have a printer so i just traced it from my screen.

  21. I love this quick and easy pattern!Can I use microfiber in the middle to help keep baby dry? my LO is not fond of the crinkle sounds water proof material makes.

  22. hehehe too cute. My dad (72) was complaining the other day of no adult bibs… muwahaha! I am seriously considering making him one of these, adult size of course :) I have to try this! Thank you so much!

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