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How To Design A Racing Bib with Canva

Canva is a free online design software which allows you to create and design your personalized racing bibs for print. With this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to build a basic racing bib using Canva along with google sheets.

Sign up to use Canva, the free online software here.

Canva is a Free 30 Day Trial design program, and Google Sheets is free as long as you have a Gmail account.

How To Design A Racing Bib with Canva and Google Sheets

Information to know about Racing Bibs:

The standard size is 6 inches by 9 inches, and there are 0.25 inches circle-cut on all 4 corners.

So when making a design for a racing bib take that in mind. Also, it helps to provide an excel/google sheet with names and numbers.

  1. Select a template:


    Canva has many different design templates to pick from. But if the design is a racing bib, it needs a theme with running or racing in it. to find these templates, go to:

    – Templates
    – Type in the search bar “Running”
    – then in all results, templates will pop up
    – select one by double-clicking

    Once you select a template, you can edit/change the type or the colors, just remember to mind your spacing and leave room for the name and number area to the center of the racing bib

  2. Names and numbers:


    If you’re getting these sent out to a printing company such as Color Right Now, they will need an excel sheet with the names and numbers of the racer you want to print bibs for.

    See the example on an image, have titles (Number/ First Name/ Last Name). This will the printing company with variable data merging. If you don’t have Microsoft Excel, there are Google Sheets that will do the same thing.

    Steps to put fancy type on your racing bib:

    – Go to the “Text” tab on the left-hand corner
    – When opening the tab there will be many different options/styles (I used the “TURNING 22” STYLE)
    – Double-click the artboard, and then edit the type (Top is always “number” and bottom is always “name”)

    Note: the Number and Name are a place and style holder for the print company, save one file with the name and number and the other without.

  3. what you need to see with die-cut outs:


    This image/template is to show you where the cut line and the holes punches are going to be with a racing bib. they are colored brown, so keep in mind when you do a design, to make sure no text or important design does not go near through cutline or hole punches. This is standard for all racing bibs.

  4. Save your racing bib to PDF:


    Please save TWO different files, one with the “Numbers and Names” and one without.

    Here are the steps to saving with Canva. Go to:

    – Click on, the share button top right corner
    – Selected File Type, PDF Print
    Checkmark, Crop marks, and bleed
    – Then click the download button

If you saved it right, it will look like this:

Easy and free, that is how to design racing bibs using Canva

Do you have designing questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page

When you have your design ready to print, your next step is to send us your file and request a price quote

We are a Calgary printer that prints high quality race products such as…
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