diy painted bib

I can’t tell you how many times my kids have asked me to make a t-shirt at the last minute.  Something with a team name for field day, a gift for a friend, etc.  I actually keep a stash of t-shirts from Dollar Tree in my craft room, and I’ve developed a quick, inexpensive method for neatly putting text on fabric.

For this example, I’ll show you how I quickly made a bib.  I actually used this idea for a baby shower I just threw.  We had a bib decorating table, and I set out stamps (like I did here), stickers, and paint.

Project estimate:

  • Stickers, on hand
  • Washi tape or masking tape, on hand or $1
  • Bib, $1 and up
  • Paint, on hand

Total:  $1 and up

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Step one:  Use stickers to write the message on the bib.  I used different sticker sets to vary the text.  Press the stickers onto the fabric firmly.

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Step two:  Use washi tape to frame the text.

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Step three:  Paint inside the washi tape frame.  I like to use a pouncer or foam brush to dab the paint on, so I don’t push paint under the sticker.  I used fabric paint for baby gifts, like this bib, because they are softer, but any permanent paint will work.

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Step four:  Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and stickers to show your message!

painted bib diy

I’ve used this technique on t-shirts, like this baby shirt I made for my youngest son.


I’ve also made shirts for my older boys, using larger stickers.  This would be a quick, fun way to embellish pillows, placemats, or any other fabric item you want to add text to.  So go ahead and make that Nickelback jean jacket you’ve always wanted!