Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another Pacifier Clip

Last week I shared with you how to make a binkie clip without a sewing machine. Today I'm sharing with you a pacifier clip that I made for my sister-in-law for which I did use the sewing machine. Same basic idea, only instead of using a ribbon I used fabric, so it required some sewing.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

No-Sew Binkie Clip Tutorial

You don't have to have a sewing machine for this one, but you will need a spool of thread. This kind of clip will work with most pacifiers, including the round ones the hospital gives you.

spool of thread
suspender clip
hair elastic

Step 1: Cut your ribbon to length.
Measure and cut your ribbon to the desired length. Keep in mind you will be folding it over at both ends, so allow enough length for that.

Step 2: Stop the fray.
You can use Fray-Check if you prefer, but I think it works better to take a match and run the ends of the ribbon across the flame so they slightly melt (provided it's got some polyester in it).

Step 3: Thread your ribbon through the suspender clip.
Step 4: Set your snaps.
Follow the simple instructions of the back of the snap package to set your snaps. Basically you line up the front piece and back piece of the snap on the ribbon, center it under the spool of thread, and hammer on top of the spool to force the two pieces into each other. When both parts of the snap are set, snap it together around the suspender clip.

Step 5: Thread your ribbon through a small hair elastic.
Srep 6: Set the snaps at the other end of the ribbon and close around the hair elastic.

Step 7: Thread the hair elastic through a hole in the pacifier, or the handle if it has one.

Step 8: Thread the clip end through the hair elastic and pull it though.

Step 9: Pull it tight and you are done!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween Costume Collection

Welcome to October! I love Halloween. I think the biggest reason I love it is because of the creativity that it unleashes in people. The costumes, the pumpkin carvings, the decor, the food... everything gets a dose of fun. So to kick off the month, I thought I'd share with you a few of my costumes from past years (all home-made).
First, easiest costume ever. White clothes with black electrical tape. Add a cardboard head, and done.
 This was last year, celebrating UP!
 This you've seen. Ava's peacock costume.
Years ago some friends and I were the alien guys from Toy Story (I've also been Jessie, but have no photos).
And since I obviously have a tendency toward Pixar film characters, let's end with Elastagirl, AKA Mrs. Incredible.
I get my love of costuming from my mother, who always made costumes for her 6 kids (though some of us sometimes got hand-me-downs) Pin It