I’ve been making pacifier clips for about 4 years now and have pretty much quit making them because they are available everywhere now. But my niece has one of my ruffled binkie clips and on Memorial Day several ladies were asking me how I made it. So, I thought I would make a tutorial to share.
The ruffled binkie clips are not available at Target YET and have not flooded Esty so you can still make one for your little girl and have it be unique! Plus, our Pinspired & Rewired theme is fabric this month so this is the perfect time to share!
Start out with some knit material because it won’t unravel. Unfortunately, cute knit are not as readily available as cotton fabrics and I cannot figure out why. Especially when it comes to kids clothing 99% of it is knits…what I am saying…99% of my clothing just might be knits too! So, why oh why do fabric stores like JoAnn’s only have a 4 foot section of knits in their entire fabric department?
Anyway, I got this adorable polka dot fabric from a shirt I picked up at a garage sale specifically to upcycle. I can’t show you the whole shirt because I’ve already used it for several projects! Since this was from a t-shirt and not a long piece of fabric, I cut it into four 1 inch by 15 inch strips. Then, I sewed 2 of the strips together so that I had two long 1 inch by 29 1/2 inch strips.
The cream colored binkie clip fabric was already ruffled so I cut that into two 1 inch by 12 inch strips. Since it was already ruffled, I was able to skip right to sewing the 2 strips together.
I used my machine to ruffle the 2 long strips separately. To machine ruffle, I turn my tension up to 9 and my stitch length to 4.5 and my machine does the work for me! Here are my 2 ruffled fabric strips.
I pinned the 2 strips together so that I could sew them down the center.
Now, you may be asking yourself why didn’t I just ruffle the 2 strips together. I tried doing that and it didn’t work. For some reason, I can’t get the material to stay in place and not slide along the stitches even after sewing over the seam with a regular stitch several times.
I didn’t have this pinkish/orangish shade of thread so I used white. To make it look a little better, I removed the loose ruffling stitches.
Next, loop a suspender clip through one end and sew it in place.
When I first started making pacifier clips, I had to order the suspender clips from wholesale company. Now they are widely available on the web and on Esty and Ebay.
Next, sew velcro on the other end. You want the pacifier clip to be 9 inches or less so I had to cut off a little extra fabric.
There is a space of about 1 1/2 inches between the velcro pieces. It doesn’t have to be exact but just be big enough to fit around the pacifier ring.
These clips have plastic teeth inside to help keep the clip attached but protect the fabric at the same time.
And they are ready to go!
Do you sew with knits and where do you find cute patterns?
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