- CupcakeBaby Bib Pattern (PDF)
Jo’s younger daughter (whom she lovingly calls Mini Me because she looks so much like Jo) recently celebrated her first birthday. I can’t believe that sweet little thing is a year old already! Of course Jo threw her a fun and adorable party to celebrate. The theme of the party was cupcakes, and Jo will tell you all about the party details soon, but today I want to tell you about my biggest contribution to the party. I made a special bib just for the guest of honor, and made it shaped just like a cupcake. It turned out so cute and was so easy to do. In fact, it doesn’t even require any sewing except for the snap at the end!
Now you could easily make this cupcake bib for any occasion (or no occasion!) for any sweet little baby who you want to dress like a cupcake, but I happened to design this one specifically to match the design on Mini Me’s cupcake-themed party ware. I like it when things match! Here’s a picture of the party ware collection so you can see my inspiration.
To make this bib, you’ll need some felt in the colors of the design — white, light pink, dark pink, and purple. I used felt because it is soft for the baby and really easy to work with. I love how you can just cut felt and not worry about hemming the edges!
I also designed a pattern for the bib, which of course I have made available for you to use, too! Go ahead and download our free cupcake baby bib pattern and print it out on regular white paper.
Cut out the main bib piece (which happens to look like Santa’s beard — go figure!) and pin it in place on a piece of white felt, then cut it out.
Now place the cut piece of white felt on top of the light pink felt, pin in place, and cut around it, leaving the pink about 1/4″ bigger than the white. This will create a nice outline for the bib. The second layer of felt will also strengthen the bib. I don’t know what it is about white felt, but it’s always so much thinner than the other colors, so doubling it up like this really helps.
Cut out the cherry piece from the pattern you printed and use it cut a cherry shape out of the dark pink felt. Pin it in place in the middle of the white felt.
Grab the scraps of light pink you have left and cut out two strips of felt, each about 2 inches long and curved slightly. I would’ve loved to give you a pattern for this, but it’s just not feasible to try to cut around something so thin! I think this is a pretty easy shape to freehand, though. Place these little curves at the base of the cherry, so that it looks like it’s sitting on a billowy pillow of frosting. Secure with a couple of pins.
Now let’s move on to the base of the cupcake. Use the final pattern piece to cut out a shape in light pink, then place that piece on the purple felt. Using the same technique as before, cut the purple felt so that it’s about 1/4″ larger than the pink, all the way around.
Cut some strips of varying widths out of the remaining bits of dark pink and purple felt, and arrange them on the base of the cupcake, matching the design on the party ware as much as you can. I had a napkin right there with me so I could place the strips just right.
It’s kind of a waste of effort to pin the strips down, because they will stay just from the friction of the felt. Now you’ve got your pieces all cut and pinned.
Use some more hot glue to glue the frosting half of the bib down to the base. Then, take a brown marker and draw a stem on the cherry.
The bib is all done except you have no way to keep it on the baby! You can use sew-on Velcro or some ribbon, but I like using a snap for this. Just use a needle and thread to attach a sew-on snap in place and you’re good to go.
Look at how cute the results are, and how well it matches the design on the napkin!
Mini Me was a huge hit at her party with her fancy bib!