Before I had my first born, I never thought to buy a single bib. Ah, the naivete of a first time mom. For the first few months, our son never drooled and all was well. Then he started teething, and he never stopped drooling. From then on, we were never without a mountain of bibs nearby. As he grew bigger, the bib neck openings would get too snug. Rather than spending a small fortune on buying a bulk of new, bigger bibs, I extended the neck openings on his existing bibs with the help of a few snaps and some elastic ribbon. If you don't have elastic ribbon, you can use any ribbon, or even scrap fabric you have on hand.
As our baby daughter has now inherited all of her brother's bibs, the velcro no longer works well. So I also replaced all the velcro closures with snap fasteners. Snaps have a more secure hold than velcro (baby girl easily tugs off the velcro), and will last so much longer.
So, I'll first show you how to replace the velcro on your bibs, then how to add a bib extender.
Using an awl, poke a hole where you want to set your snap.
Install your cap-stud on the other end of your bib, so that your snaps will be set as shown. Front and back view.
Snap together, and you've got one strong fastener!
To make a bib extender, cut a piece of 6" ribbon. Adjust accordingly for how small or big you need your extender.
Apply fray check to both ribbon ends, or use a lighter and singe the ends to prevent fraying.
Fold ribbon evenly in half and hot glue the backsides together, so that your ribbon is now 3" long.
Install snaps as shown.
Snap on your extender for a perfect fit!