- Suspender/Mitten Clips (I actually used Ironing Board Clips I found at Jo Ann's because they were cheaper than buying multiple packages of individual suspender clips.)
- Velcro tape
- Glue gun/ glue sticks (or thread/ sewing machine)
- 12-inch long ribbon (as many as you want for however many clips you want to make)
- Optional: beads, lace, twine or anything else you want to use to dress up your clips.
First of all, I'm no seamstress. I don't even know how to put the thread in a sewing machine, much less actually sew. I used hot glue for this project and they turned out fine. If you want to sew these, more power to you!
1. If you bought the Ironing Board Clips like I did, you will need to cut the elastic off of the clips. If you bought individual suspender clips, you can skip this step.
2. String about an inch of your ribbon through the loop at the top of the suspender clip. Make sure the ribbon is facing the correct direction if it has a back side (the front of the ribbon will face the same direction as the front of the suspender clip).
3. Glue (or sew) your ribbon together to secure the suspender clip onto the ribbon.
4. Cut square pieces of velcro. Secure the velcro about one inch apart on the back side of the ribbon, on the opposite end of the ribbon from the suspender clip. This is where the pacifier will attach. Since the velcro is sticky it will remain secure but you can reinforce by sewing if you want. I did not reinforce with hot glue because it would have shown through many of the ribbons I had chosen.
If you want to attach a pacifier, it helps complete the presentation. For those babies that do not use a pacifier, these come in handy for attaching teething rings or toys too.
If you're a mom, you know the suspender clip attaches to the baby's outfit and the velcro is used to attach the pacifier but for those of you who did not know, there you go. My husband and brother saw these and thought they were garter belt clips. Yep.
Another thought: these would be fun to make as a craft at a baby shower! These clips were obviously made for a baby girl but you can use the same tutorial to make baby boy pacifier clips and just use more masculine ribbon instead. Masculine ribbon sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it?
Side note: You'll notice I did not use beads on these particular pacifier clips but depending on the ribbon you choose, the embellishment possibilities are endless. I made the tulle clip by stringing the tulle through the suspender clip three times and securing with hot glue. I then used twine to tie around the middle twice and a bow at the top.