Both of my kids took soothers right from the start. Both of them also liked to spit it out. Little J is horrible for just letting it fall out of his mouth. The worst is when we’re in the car and he spits it out and starts screaming because he wants it back. When I hit a red light, I need to reach back there and find it quickly before the light turns green. Enter the soother clip. Instead of trying to reach down under his bum where it will inevitably fall, I just need to grab the wonderful strap attached to it and pop it quickly into his mouth. This wonderful little tool also keeps the soother from falling on the floor of restaurants, shopping malls and doctor’s offices. They are very easy to make and totally customizable. Little J has one with baseballs on it. This tutorial includes one I recently made to include in a baby shower gift.
What You’ll Need
- 1 piece of cotton fabric cut 4″ x 7″
- 1 piece of 1/4″ wide elastic, 2″ in length
- Mitten/suspender clip
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc.
Start by ironing your fabric – it’s best to start with a smooth surface. With the wrong side facing up, fold the short ends over about 1/4″ and iron them down. I suggest a shot of steam to help seal the crease.
Next, fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and iron in a crease. Make sure the ends you already creased remain this way. Again, a shot of steam helps seal the crease.
Open your fabric with the wrong side facing up. Fold each edge into the middle and iron a crease along each edge. Again, the shot of steam helps.
Fold the fabric in half along that centre crease and iron again. Your piece of fabric should now be about 1″ wide and 6.5″ long.
Stitch a straight seam down the side with the crease at about 1/8″seam allowance. Next, do the same down the other side. Make sure your ends stay tucked in but do not sew them shut yet.
Fold your piece of elastic in half and slide the ends into one end about 1/2″. You can choose to sew either a straight stitch on the end or a zigzag. I use a straight stitch and I sew back and forth about 6 times, slightly offsetting each line to ensure the elastic is secure.
Slide the mitten clip into the other end of the strap. Fold over about 3/4″. Just as you did to the end with the elastic, sew a few lines to ensure the clip is secure.
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Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.