Erica of 5 Little Monsters is expecting another little monster soon, and the Creative Craft Bloggers Group is throwing her a virtual baby shower! My contribution is a couple of handy pacifier leashes and a pair of newborn soothers.
When my children were babies a pacifier leash was a piece of yarn tied to a safety pin. Nowadays it’s easy to make something a little more stylish…All you’ll need is some ribbon, suspender clips, a few snaps, a snap application tool and of course a pacifier! Pacifier leashes make great shower gifts and it’s simple to make several all at once to have on hand.
Once you’ve picked out your ribbon, cut a couple lengths about 10 inches (25cm) long. By the time you add the snaps and fasteners the leash will be shorter. You don’t want a piece that could accidentally wrap around the baby’s neck, but you don’t want it so short it will pop out of their mouth when they turn their head, either. Experiment to find a length that works for your situation.
The snaps come with male and female parts, plus a piece with prongs that serve to hold the male and female parts to the fabric. Here’s how I assembled my pacifier leash:
- Fold under the raw edge of the ribbon to prevent fraying. I used the snap as a guide to determine how much to fold under.
- Place the prongs, up, on the base of the applicator and put the fabric on top. Fold down the middle arm and let the prongs puncture the fabric.
- For the female piece you’ll notice there’s a bit that sticks up higher than the other side (see the photo). This part goes face down over top the prongs or the pieces won’t fit together properly. It took me several tries and a YouTube video to get this right. Not sure why it was so hard to figure out…
- Anyway, close the topmost arm and give it a good couple of whacks with a hammer (or your meat mallet if you don’t feel like looking for a hammer).
- Open the applicator and remove the ribbon. Figure out where you’d like to place the male part of the snap. Do a dry run to make sure you’ll be able to enclose the pacifier or suspender clip when the end is snapped together.
- Repeat the steps above to attach the male part of the snap. Then repeat on the other end of the ribbon.
You’ll need a length of ribbon, two female and two male snaps, a suspender clip and a pacifier for each pacifier leash. You’ll also need an applicator suitable for the type of snap you select. If you think you’ll be setting a lot of snaps, you may find a set of special pliers to be easier to use.
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CONGRATULATIONS ERICA…WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR CRAFTY BABY ITEMS!
Be sure to drop by to see the other gifts from the CCBG Virtual Baby Shower: