Pacifier Clip Tutorial + Sophie & Lili Giveaway

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Dana from MADE creates some of brightest, cheeriest, most-innovative and fun sewing projects around! She generously shares lots of free tutorials on her blog, and today she shares an easy Pacifier Clip tutorial for our Baby Shower celebration. Enjoy!

Tired of baby losing her binky? Don’t settle for what you see in the store. Making a pacifier clip is easy! And once you’ve made one, you’ll want to make 20. They’re the perfect accessory for any baby shower gift.

The clip easily attaches to a carseat, shirt, or stroller,

and the pacifier pops right into baby’s mouth.

Life just got a whole lot better.

Okay, let’s get started.
Since fabrics and machinery vary from sewist to sewist, we’ll show you two different methods for making clips.

NEEDED:

  • 14 x 2 1/4 inch rectangle of fabric (14 x 2 1/2 if not using a serger).
    Cottons work best – simple cotton, seersucker, corduroy, denim, etc.
  • 14 x 1 1/8 inch rectangle of interfacing
  • Small square of velcro
  • Suspender Clips (easily found at most sewing stores and online. If you can’t find any, other fasteners will work as well)

Start by cutting fabric and interfacing rectangles. If you’re using a heavier cotton or corduroy, omit the interfacing. It simply adds thickness and strength to your “ribbon” part of the pacifier clip.

Your fabric rectangle should be 14 x 2 1/4 inches. It will eventually be folded in half to make a 14 x 1 inch long ribbon. Since we don’t want the ribbon to be too bulky, the interfacing rectangle is more narrow, 14 x 1 1/8 inches. This way you only have one layer of interfacing.

To make the entire cutting process easier, first cut the fabric rectangle and then cut the interfacing larger than you need…

Fold your fabric rectangle in half, length wise, and iron it. Then shove the interfacing piece right in the middle of the sandwich. It will be sticking out of the side. Then use your rotary cutter to cut the edge of facing, making it the exact size you need.

You’re left with something like this:

The easiest way to sew this project is with a serger. BUT, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SERGER don’t worry. Keep reading so you get the gist and we’ll show you another method below.

Today we’ll be using a ROLLED HEM. If you’ve never used one, it’s easy. It involves 3 spools of thread and NO cutting hands. The stitch is very narrow and as you go, the edge of the fabric is slightly rolled under. This is a wonderful way to finish off silky scarves, dinner napkins, or a ruffled knit hem. Consult your user manual for all the details, since you also need to make adjustments to the differential, stitch length, tension, etc.

In my Bernina manual, these are the settings for a 3-thread rolled hem:

Set your machine up with a thread color that either compliments or contrasts with your fabric.

Practice on fabric a few times to make sure the machine is adjusted properly.
Then start at one end and serge all the way down one side.

Serge around the edges and back up the other side.

Clip off the hanging threads.

To keep the corners from fraying, use Fray Check or other anti-fray liquids.

Dab a very small amount in the corners and let it dry.

Okay, you’re done with the “ribbon” part of your clip. Let’s add velcro and a clip.

Cut a small piece of velcro, about 1/2 inch long. Hold it up to your serged ribbon and make sure it’s wide enough to cover your ribbon:

Sew one side of the velcro square at the end of your ribbon:

And sew the other velcro piece about 3 inches down (this becomes the loop that will hold the pacifier).

I’ve just shown you the easiest method for sewing on velcro. However, your thread will show through on the other side of your ribbon.

Not a big deal if the thread color is camouflaged.

But if you want a more polished looked, sew on the velcro pieces in the first step, before serging down the sides. To do this…open up your folded rectangle, place the velcro pieces just as you did in the step above, sew them down, and then continue by sandwiching the interfacing inside, etc.

Now we’re going to sew a clip to the other end of the ribbon. If you have a label or patch, you can sew it on now. I love adding that personalized touch.

Grab one of your suspender clips:

Loop the ribbon through the end of the clip:

Fold it over:

And sew it down:

And you’re done!

If you don’t have a serger, here’s another method…

Cut a 14 x 2 1/2 inch fabric rectangle and a 14 x 1 1/8 inch interfacing rectangle.
OR if you want a contrasting back to your ribbon, cut 2 fabric rectangles that are 14 x 1 1/4 inches. That’s what I’ll be doing here.
Remember that if you want a cleaner look, sew your velcro squares on now. Or you can wait till later.

Okay…
With right sides of your fabric together sew down one side of the ribbon, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance (if you’re not using two fabrics, just fold your large rectangle in half and iron it down, as we did above):

Iron out your seam:

Then iron each side in, 1/4 inch:

Place your interfacing right in the middle:

Fold over the “sandwich,” and pin everything closed:

Sew down the side, very close to the edge:

Then sew down the other side, very close to the edge. This step is purely for aesthetic, so that it matches the top-stitching on the other side:

You can either fold the ends in and top-stitch them closed, or do a tight zig-zag stitch:

and snip off the edges:

Then fold it under to the “wrong” side of the ribbon and top-stitch it down, just to clean up the look.

Continue with the steps above to finish up your pacifier clip, and you’re done!

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85 Responses to Pacifier Clip Tutorial + Sophie & Lili Giveaway

  1. Melissa says:

    Does anyone have an idea how to make these for the pacifiers that do not have rings on them??? My son takes the MAM brand and there is no ring…

  2. thank you! i made 2 for my friend’s baby! pics are on my blog & flickr.

  3. Those dolls are so cute!

  4. Lexie says:

    Awesome tutorial! Just made a couple and posted on my blog http://periwinklegirl.blogspot.com/
    My little girl loves them and I will definately be making more! Ta so much.

  5. liz says:

    i love these.

  6. Dana says:

    I love this tutorial! Your timing couldn’t be better b/c I almost bought one yesterday and thought “I bet I could make one way cuter!”. So glad I didn’t!

  7. DebbyD says:

    I love ANYTHING made with suspender clips, they are soooo versatile! Thanks for the great tute, I will definetely try that (even though my oldest is way passed thep aci stage and our youngest doesn’t use one. But it will be a great gift to give.

  8. SabrinaS says:

    SO CUTE!!!

  9. Tara says:

    Great tutorial!

  10. Jenn says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I need to sort through my scrap piles and make one of these for my baby girl. Thanks.

  11. Dianne McLean says:

    My daughter-in-law would love one of these! Great tutorial.
    jmclean at mts dot net

  12. Michelle says:

    Thanks Dana for another fab tutorial! I just had a baby a couple of weeks ago who is pacifier obsessed, so this is definately on my “TO MAKE” list!

  13. ~Helena~ says:

    Cute, thanks for the tute.

  14. Jennifer says:

    You know, it never occurred to me to make a paci clip–but of course! What a great, easy idea!

  15. Liz says:

    This tutorial is fantastic! I can’t wait to make a dozen or so!

  16. Jodie says:

    Wow. I wish I had thought of this 4 years ago! Thanks for the idea.

  17. Stephanie says:

    Brilliant. I need to make one for Sophie the giraffe.

  18. Nancy says:

    I do love Dana’s site and all her fabulous tutorials! How fun it would be to win one of those cute dolls. Thanks.

  19. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve got a little one due any day now and have a new project to do while I wait!

  20. Somer says:

    Wonderful.

  21. Lucie says:

    These little friends look adorable!
    Lucie ([email protected])

  22. Texana says:

    This is exactly what my new granddaughters need! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  23. I have seen short ones that have a mitten clip on each end that are used to make an instant bib out of any napkin, washcloth, or whatever you have to use. Just to put a fun extra accessory in your baby shower accessory pack.

  24. Mary says:

    How fun—thanks so much for the tutorial!

  25. Lindsay says:

    I can’t wait to make some of these for all my friends that are preggo!

  26. EmmmyLizzzy says:

    A trio of these would make a great gift!

  27. Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial, great baby gift idea!

  28. Valerie says:

    What a nice tutorial! I love all these practical ideas! Thanks!

  29. Ramona says:

    Such a cute tutorial. Another great quick gift.

  30. Carrie Overman says:

    I love MADE! This is a great tutorial. Very cute dolls – I’d love to win one!

  31. jennifer says:

    I how I would love this for our kiddo!

  32. Morgan says:

    Cute – and easy to customize to every paci type, unlike the ones in the store.

  33. sy says:

    thanks for the tutorial! what is that baby placemat o_o

  34. brittany says:

    love, love, love these clips! wish i had that super colorful set in my hands right now!

  35. VickiT says:

    I’ve seen many different tutes for these but, I have to say this is probably THE best one yet. I love the details shown. Thank you so much.

  36. Jackie says:

    This is a great tutorial. I will have to make one for my new baby and new niece that will be born next year. Thanks.

  37. JDMcC says:

    I’m putting this on my list of “things I wish I’d known when my kids were small.” Love this! What a great baby gift. And thanks for introducing me to MADE!!

  38. Lorrie Orr says:

    Wonderful tutorial – I’ll be bookmarking this!

  39. Rochelle says:

    Oh how I could have used these about 9 years ago!!! I love that Dana shows the quick serger method, which makes a great fast project for new moms.

  40. craftytammie says:

    i love her tutes! always so happy and fun! and those dolls are great too…

  41. Catlin says:

    I’ve made one of these before, but not as well done as this. I’ll have to try again!

  42. Michele says:

    This is great! If only I would have thought of making one of these a month ago instead of buying one from Target…oops! Another thing to add to my list of things to make.

  43. Sonya M says:

    Oh how I wish I had a serger, so I really do appreciate the non-serger instructions as well! I love that these can be made with any fabric, as opposed to having to find a ribbon I like. Thanks Dana and SMS!

  44. Carol says:

    Would love one of these. They are so cute!

  45. Holly says:

    Sweet!

  46. Rebecca says:

    I’d never thought of leaving the outside edges serged ~ thanks for the tute!

  47. Kylie says:

    As always, thanks Dana! I’ll definitely be making a pile of these soon!

  48. Kelly Sas says:

    I am so excited to make these pacifier clips and then use them as excessory to decorate wrapped baby or shower gifts! So nice that most of the materials needed to make this are what I already have in my stash at home. OMGosh what a great give-away today! Sophie & Lili dolls are too adorable!

  49. jodi jean says:

    holy moley … morgan i was just going to type the exact same thing. great minds think alike.

    “fantastic as always dana!!”

  50. Morgan says:

    Fantastic as always Dana!

  51. Addy says:

    Fabulous! Thanks!

  52. anna says:

    so cute! love that she shows both ways of sewing them. :) beautiful as always dana!

  53. starjumper says:

    i used snaps when i made clips like these, but velcro is a good solution as well… and faster!

  54. Keri says:

    I’m adding this to my list of things to do!

  55. Bethany says:

    I love the idea! Thanks!

  56. Jocelyn says:

    I love Dana’s tutorials. I can’t wait to try this one.
    Those dolls are adorable. My girls would love one.

  57. jes says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve been looking for one of these in stores but I like the idea of making my own.

  58. mjb says:

    This could come in very handy!

  59. Kelly says:

    This is so cute!

  60. Emily says:

    very cute gifts . . . too bad my baby never takes a pacifier, otherwise i’d be making these to keep, not give away!

  61. Nina says:

    Great tutorial, thanks!!!
    And thanks for the giveaway!

  62. Annie says:

    Thanks Dana! I’ve been looking at these in the stores and thinking I could make them. Now I know I can.

  63. EmilyEck says:

    What a fun idea! Now I’m wishing I had a serger…looks a little easier!

  64. Heidi says:

    I’ve done this before, but instead of velcro I’ve used a snap so the baby can’t pull the soother off.

  65. Linda says:

    Great tute! Thanks so much!

  66. Angela says:

    So cute. I need more binkies.

  67. Megan says:

    Nice tutorial!

  68. Rebecca says:

    this is a fun and easy tutorial that would be great gifts for a baby shower or a collection of them for a new mom.

  69. Tammy says:

    How cute is that? My daughter never took a pacifier, but I can see this making a cute shower gift.

  70. Christina says:

    I’m past the baby stage with my daughter, but those dolls are super cute! Not sure I can wait to win one…

  71. That is super cute! I’m saving this one for baby gifts!

    Stephanie

  72. Monica T says:

    perfect for my coming niece!

  73. Whistlepea says:

    I just bought two of these for my 5 month old – I’m kicking myself for not thinking of making them!

  74. Mona says:

    Those are cute and so handy! Does anyone know if Fray Check is CPSIA approved? I’ve needed it for a couple of projects, but so far, I’ve done without it.

  75. Robyn Wing says:

    Super cute! Perfect for the baby shower I have coming up!

  76. katie says:

    Cute! It’s hard to find a pacifier clip with a metal clip on the end it seems like. Now I can just make my own :). Great tutorial. The Sophie and Lil dolls are super cute. I think I stumbled onto their work a few weeks ago. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  77. Thanks for the tutorial! My friend is having a baby girl in December, and this will be another great gift for her.

  78. Christina says:

    Awesome tutorial! I love everything Dana comes up with!

  79. Jasmine says:

    So cute! We’re far past the paci stage, but we have been thinking about the next one…wait, is it crazy to allow the options of sewing accessories for a new baby sway my decision? :)

  80. Lisa says:

    Oh how fun! I love quick, easy and CUTE projects like this.

  81. Sara says:

    Hope to win one of these cute dolls!

  82. Meliah Ross says:

    That is fantastic I wish I had known how easy it was to make them when my kids were little. Good news is I can make them now thanks to you ….Everyone we know is pregnant so I love making handmade baby stuff for all of them …I can’t wait to get started

  83. Susan C. says:

    Another adorable project! I’m loving these baby shower gift ideas!

  84. Sophia Patterson says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I don’t have a serger (that may go on my Christmas list) so both sets of directions are appreciated)

  85. Deb DeChurch says:

    Fantastic tutorial (I’ll be making some of these soon)—and very cute dolls. I’d love to win one.

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