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The Pacifier Clip design and photos were created by Karen Souther. Credit where credit is due! Many thanks to Karen for helping to enlarge our collection of FREE craft instructions.

Materials

  • Ribbon (5/8 inch works well)
    9 - 10 inches is an ideal finished length, which means you will need 14 - 15 inches total of ribbon. This gives you more than enough to attach the Velcro and the clip. If you want your finished length shorter, feel free to make the Velcro closure part bigger.
  • Dritz Stay-Tape if you are going to use any type of satin ribbon, this is strongly recommended.
  • Pacifier Clip
    The ones used in these instructions can be purchased from umei.com/clips/plastic-suspender-clips-14.htm
  • Thread / Hot glue
  • Velcro. 5/8 inch works well.
 



Step-by-Step Instructions

To get started: Choose your ribbon and cut it 15 inches long. Get your clip ready, thread your needle and follow along...

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Open the pacifier clip all the way.
Because this example uses satin ribbon, we are adding stabilizer (Dritz Stay-Tape). Cut it double the length of your ribbon, fold it in half and put it on the inside of your ribbon. For grosgrain this step is optional.
Thread your ribbon into the opening of the clip, starting at the top (otherwise it will be backwards).
Note the Stay Tape. It is the waffle looking texture on the inside of the ribbon.
To attach the ribbon,  fold it into a loop. You can thread it through the clip for a second time (optional). This will make a clean edge on the back (see next photo). Make sure if you are using the stabilizer that it is in the middle of the ribbon and doesn't slide around.
The flat part of the ribbon by the "U"  is the back side of the loop. This is what you are going to sew. Hand sewing is the easiest. We suggest clear nylon thread. Sew only the sides and the top of the fold to ensure a clean front.

Note: Smaller needles cause the least stress on the fabric.

Trial and error has proven that starting the sewing on the side is the easiest method, because then you are sewing in a U-shape. Sew one side, then the top, then the other side. Take care at the top not to pull too tight, otherwise the stress on the ribbon could tear a hole.
Once you are done sewing, your ribbon should look like this on the back.
Here it is from the front. You may have a few spots where you can see the stitching, so try to be careful.
This examples uses Velcro for the closure, because the ribbon is satin. If you are using grosgrain, you might prefer to use snaps. The sew on variety would be gentler on the ribbon. To prepare the Velcro, cut a piece of Velcro to the correct length/width. Stabilizer can be used here as well. Cut the Velcro from the start of your fold (by my thumb in the photo below) to the end of the ribbon!
Make an S-shaped fold at the end of the ribbon. Sew the Velcro to the ribbon. Sew around all sides of the Velcro piece, taking care not to pull too tightly. This can cause your stitches to be seen from the other side.
For the other side of the Velcro, turn the end of the ribbon inward  to form a "C".
In this case, on top of the word ME.
After both pieces of Velcro are sewn on, your project should look like this. Make sure the stabilizer is in the middle between the two pieces of Velcro, so it makes the loop that holds the pacifier stronger. The loop should be at least 1 inch, preferably 1.5 inches (between your pieces of Velcro).
All done! If you find you pulled too hard on the loop by the clip, embellish it! Add a bow, or bling it out!

 

 

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