DIY Braided Pacifier Clips
It's been a while since I've jumped into a good DIY project, but today we're making something I have been wanting for months -- braided pacifier clips! If I had to pick up and wash another paci after being projectile ejected from Arya's sweet little mouth, I was going to LOSE IT. They say necessity is the mother of invention though -- and that's true for me in the sense that since I was refusing to buy a pacifier clip, eventually I decided to just make my own! (Bonus points that I did it in 15 minutes while Arya was taking a nap. Nest cam on the iPad win!!). I'm what you call a closet DIY-er, and never really share the things I make (usually because they pop into my head on a whim!) but I really enjoy creating stuff. Turns out, I like REALLY enjoyed making these though, so I'm sharing a fun tutorial. And in case you're not quite the do-it-yourself'er, details are below on how you can shop these handcrafted beauties soon, made with love by yours truly!
Here's what you'll need:
2 yards of naturally dyed leather lace (or suede leather lace)
all-purpose tacky glue
suspender clip hardware
notebook with a clip (or a clipboard!)
Step 1: Cut leather into two pieces, about 34 inches long. Fold each of them in half.
Step 2: Make a 1 1/2 inch long loop and wrap one string of leather around the other, as shown.
Step 3: With a clip, secure the loop to a notebook (or attach to a clipboard!)
Step 4: Start braiding by using the leather piece on the right in a regular braid pattern. Essentially, you create three strands by holding two leather pieces as one (like shown above). Instead of crossing over one like you normally do when you braid, you cross over 2 strands, alternating as usual.
Step 5: On the left side, you’ll only cross over one strand, like a regular braid. Cross over two strands on the right and one on the left. The braid will start to resemble a fishtail (as shown below)!
Step 6: Keep braiding for a few inches, but be sure it's just long enough to attach to baby's clothing. Too long of a braid poses a hazard, as it could wrap around baby's neck.
Step 7: To finish off the end of the braid, leave the two longer strands in the center and two shorter ones on the outside (as shown above). Taking the outside pieces only, make a simple knot in the center (don't pull too tight just yet!).
Step 8: Add a small bead of glue to the knot, before pulling it tightly to secure. Flip over and repeat this using the two short strands. When the glue is completely dry (about 10 minutes), snip the loose ends off at the bottom of one side of the knot.
Step 9: Grab the suspender clip and tie a simple knot to attach. Snip the ends once again, to shorten. Then thread the other end through the hole on the pacifier and loop the braid through to attach! Voila!
Not quite the DIY crafting type? That's okay too! Good news is that these beauties (and SO many other fun baby leather goods / accessories) will be on sale soon in the Bloggerella Shop! Keep your eyes on Instagram for details on the official launch :)