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How To Design A Racing Bib with Canva

Are you ready to create personalized racing bibs for your next race?

Look no further than Canva, a free online design software that allows you to easily design your own racing bibs. And with this step-by-step guide from Color Right Now, we’ll show you how to build a basic racing bib using Canva and Google Sheets.

First things first, sign up for Canva, the free online design software. Keep in mind that Canva does offer a free 30-day trial. Google Sheets is also free as long as you have a Gmail account.

Here are the steps to sign up for Canva:

  1. Go to the Canva website (
  2. Click on the “Sign up” button in the top right corner of the homepage
  3. Fill in the required information, including your email address and desired password
  4. Click on the “Get started” button
  5. Verify your email address by clicking on the verification link sent to your email
  6. Once you have verified your email, you will be prompted to create a new design or open an existing one.


Note: Canva does offer a free 30-day trial. If you don’t want to subscribe for the paid plan after the trial, you need to cancel the subscription manually before the trial ends.

Here is how to use Google Sheets to create a new sheet from a template.

  1. Go to Google Sheets homepage.
  2. Click on the “+” button on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Select “From a template”
  4. Pick the template you want and it will be opened in Google Sheets for you to edit and customize.


You can also import excel files to google sheets by going to File > Import >Upload and select the excel sheet you want to import.

Note: You can share the sheet with others by going to File > Share > Enter the email of the person you want to share the sheet with and set the permission level.

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

    Please Note: Canva is a general-purpose graphic design tool that offers a wide variety of templates for different types of design projects. While Canva does have a variety of templates for sports and fitness-related designs, it may not have specific templates for racing bibs. This is likely because racing bibs are a specialized item and may not be as common as other types of designs that Canva users typically create.

  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.

    Additionally, it’s essential to remember that the die-cut outs are standard for all racing bibs, so the print company will have the necessary information to include them on the bibs. It’s a good idea to check with the printing company to confirm their die-cut out measurements and placement before submitting your design.

    In summary, They are used to attach the bib to the racer’s clothing and to trim the bib to size. When designing a racing bib, it’s important to keep the die-cut outs in mind and to avoid placing important design elements too close to them.

  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…
Bike Plates
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