Geek Chic Pacifier Leash Tutorial

Hello out there, geeks, makers, and friends! I’m back with another tutorial. This time, we’re making a geek chic pacifier leash. Why, you ask? My eight month old son loves his pacifier almost as much as he loves throwing his pacifier. This pacifier leash is a great way to keep pacifiers off of the floor while making a statement!

I wasn’t sure what the theme was going to be when I set out on my shopping trip, but when I spotted this Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper ribbon I was in love. I knew my little guy would love the ribbon’s satin texture as well. (Our dude seriously loves satin tags. The first thing he does when given a new toy is a quick taste test of the tag. He wants quality, satin tags!)

Storm Trooper themed pacifier leash
Storm Trooper themed pacifier leash

You can pick any theme for your pacifier leash that you like, but once we found our ribbon, we knew that our geeky baby was going to help us express our love for one of the cornerstones of geek culture!

Baby T has found his bliss (and his pacifier)
No pacifier was safe from the flinging of his tiny, super-powered arm until – Pacifier Leash!

This is a great project to showcase both your love of crafting and your favorite fandoms!

Supplies

Shopping List

  • Mitten Suspender/Clips
  • 7/8″ or 1″ wide Ribbon
  • Sew-On Soft and Flexible Velcro
  • Coordinating Thread

IF You’re Decorating the Clip:

  • Felt

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine

IF You’re Decorating the Clip:

  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Drill and Drill Bit

Instructions

Preparing Your Pieces

Drilling The Clip

This step is optional. If you aren’t planning to decorate your clip, do not drill holes in it.

Because I planned to decorate my clip, my first step was to drill a pair of holes in the clip so I could stitch my felt decoration to it. I considered gluing the felt, but I couldn’t think of any glues that would both bond to metal and that I trusted for my kiddo to chew on!

After marking about where the holes should go with a marker, I popped into the garage to drill them out. I couldn’t even tell you what size drill bit I used – The one I already had chucked in the drill looked small enough, so I drilled away!

Drilled Pacifier Clip
As you can see, precision isn’t totally necessary here… You just need two holes to stitch through.

That said, next time I’ll probably go with a slightly smaller bit, maybe 1/8″ or even 1/16″. I don’t think my oversized holes even impacted the final outcome, but I think I’d have a little more control with a smaller drill bit and might drill just a little bit closer to where I intended!

Cutting Things

This part is pretty simple!

I cut my ribbon to 10″, but you could go longer or shorter. I chose to cut my ribbon 10″ long so that once the edges are sewn over and the pacifier is attached, there’s about 7″ of play. This is long enough for my little guy to hold out his pacifier and look at it, but not so long that I’m worried he’ll wrap it around his neck or anything.

Cut Ribbon and Velcro

I cut both the hook side (prickly) and the loop side (soft) of the Velcro to 3/4″.

That’s it. That’s all you absolutely have to cut – Unless you want to dress up your clip!

Decorating the Clip

This step is also optional. If you aren’t planning to decorate your clip, skip ahead to final assembly.

I started out by sketching out the design I wanted to cover my clip with. I made sure the design fit in a 1.5″ by 1.5″ square, since that would cover the clip completely without feeling oversized.

Stormtrooper Sketch
Here we can see my lovely sketch of a First Order Stormtrooper helmet. It only took me 3 or 5 tries to get right.

I cut out my sketch and used it as a template to cut the outline of my shape out of both black felt and white felt.

The felt will be stitched so it completely covers the metal tab of the clip (the one we drilled holes in earlier). I stitched the black piece of the felt securely to the back side of the tab by stitching through the holes.

Back of Decoration
Ignore the white felt… I forgot to take a picture before I stitched the whole thing together!

Next, I added embellishments to the white felt. I used a combination of stitches made with black thread for the fine details and small pieces of felt that I sewed on. However you choose to embellish your clip, just make sure it’s secure and non-toxic, because it will end up in baby’s mouth. Baby will find a way.

Embellished Felt
My final product resembles my sketch, which is really all I could hope for. I’m crafty, but maybe not the best artist. The back of this is a mess, but no one will see it after the next step!

Finally, we attach the front to the back. I went around the whole thing with a series of small whip stitches, and I think it turned out phenomenally!

Decorated Clip
Ta-da!

On to final assembly!

Final Assembly

Gather up your ribbon, Velcro, and clip and head to the sewing machine. We have work to do!

At the sewing machine, I folded over about 1/2″ of one of the cut edges of my ribbon toward the wrong (back) side of the ribbon, then place the hook side of my Velcro (prickly) so that it left about 1/4″ of ribbon exposed. That give me a tab I can use to pull my Velcro loose.

Velcro placed on ribbon

I very carefully placed my needle in one corner and stitched around all four sides of the Velcro. On reaching each corner, I made sure my needle was in the down position and lifted my foot so that I could turn the piece while keeping a consistent stitch.

I sewed the fuzzy (loop) side of the Velcro on the same way, about an inch away from the first piece.

Velcro placed on ribbon

Next, I pulled the ribbon through the loop on the clip, making sure that the decoration on the clip and the right (front) side of the ribbon were on the same side.

Raw edges on ribbons like these will fray like crazy, so I folded the edge of the ribbon under about 1/4″, and then stitched it down. I added another line of stitching to secure my ribbon to the clip and then…

Ribbon stitched to clip

Trim your loose threads and you’re ready to go!

There you have it, a geeky chic pacifier leash to let everyone know your baby is a geek in training! Have fun, and show us your pacifier leashes on Facebook!

Baby T with is pacifier leash
My little guy loves his new pacifier leash almost as much as he loves mugging for the camera!

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