How to Make a Pacifier Clip

Learn how to make a pacifier clip, perfect for gift giving!

Hi Ribbon Retreat Fans! This is Bailee from Little Abbee Etsy. I am so excited to be here on The Ribbon Retreat to share a cute tutorial with you today. Thank you so much for having me :)

Are you tired of losing your baby’s Pacifier? Well, I have got a solution for you! How about making your own

Pacifier clips are easy to make and so cute!

Today, I am going to share a really fun tutorial on how to make a pacifier clip. It is quick and easy, and the end product is really cute! So lets get started!

Here is what you will need:

A Fat Quarter of Fabric
1″ Suspender Clip
4.5″ of 1/8″ Skinny Elastic
9-10″ of 3/4″ Ric Rac or 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
1 1/4″ Felt Circles
Rhinestones or Buttons

Make a pacifier clip with fabric and ric rac

Be sure to prewash, and then iron your material before you start your project. Now, dust off your sewing machine and lets get started!!

Using your rotary cutter, cut 2 pieces of fabric 1.5″ wide by 7″ long. You can make your Pacifier Clip longer or shorter if you would like by adjusting the length. You can also use 2 different coordinating colors of fabric. I used the same color, Polka Dots by Robert Kaufman, for this tutorial.

Cut your fabric
Cut your fabric into two strips

Pin your 2 pieces of material with right sides together.

Pin the strips right sides together

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew down each side of your ribbon, leaving the ends open.

Sew the strips together

Sew down the sides, leaving the ends open

Using a safety pin, turn your ribbon right side out.

With a safety pin, turn the strip right side out
Turn fabric right side out
Turn it all the way right side out

Iron your ribbon so that it is nice and flat.

Iron it flat

Tuck your ends in about 1/4″ and iron them down flat.

Tuck in the ends and iron flat

Cut a piece of elastic about 4.5″ long and tuck it into the end of your ribbon that you just ironed down (it doesn’t matter which side). I like to use the end of my safety pin to help me push my elastic in.

Insert elastic in one end

Top stitch around the entire edge of your fabric, sewing the elastic in as you are top stitching. I try to top stitch as close to the edge as I can get just because I think it looks nicer.

Top stitch around the edge

Sew a little rectangle right over your elastic. This is just optional, but it makes that seam stronger to help keep the elastic in.

Sew a small square over the elastic end
Top stotch around the fabric finished
Top stitch around the fabric close up

Cut your ribbon, or ric rac, the same length as your fabric.

Cut your ribbon or ric rac the same length as your fabric

Be sure to burn the ends of your ribbon so they won’t fray.
If you are using ric rac, dab a little bit of Fray Check on each end.

Fray Check for the ends of the ric rac

Sew your ribbon (or ric rac) down the very center of your pacifier fabric.

Sew the ribbon to the center of your fabric

Fold your ribbon down about 1″ and iron it down.

Fold over your fabric 1 inch

Insert your suspender clip.

Insert your suspender clip
Fold over your fabric

And sew it down.

Sew the one inch of fabric down. Use a square

I sewed a small square here to just to reinforce the seam.

Main pacifier clip finished

You are done with the sewing part!! Now, lets embellish it!! I glued a crochet flower to the top of my pacifier clip. You can find the pattern here, and make your own!! You could also make your own Ribbon Lollipop Flower or Felt Circles Flower. There are a lot of fun free flower tutorials that you could choose from.

I like to glue a felt circle onto the bottom of my pacifier clip near the suspender clip with my glue gun. Then, I glue the flower I have made to the top.

Hot glue a felt circle to the bottom side
Hot glue your embellishment on top

Next time, try some sewing some ric rac down the middle of your pacifier clip!! I am not sure which one I like better because they are both soooo cute. Just think of all of the different fabric, ric rac, and ribbon color combinations you could make!!

So many different color combinations
Different fabric and ribbon combinations

And you are done! Enjoy!

Learn how to make a quick and easy pacifier clip!


Thank you Bailee!

You all MUST go over and visit Little Abbee Etsy and see the wonderful free tutorials that are available. They are all very easy to understand and you’ll love the result. After just one visit, I am determined to learn how to crochet!

And of course, visit The Ribbon Retreat for your crafting supplies. We carry beautiful fabrics, ribbon, ric rac, flowers, and so much more. Be creative!

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a wonderful day!

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10 Comments

  1. Jennifer
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Anything 7 inches or longer is considered a strangulation hazard for a child, especially a very little baby. Safety first and always keep and eye on your little one when using things like this. Accidents happen much too often.

  2. Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    very cut thank you so much ^_^

  3. The Ribbon Retreat
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jennifer! We have changed the length based on your suggestion. Thank you! We do believe safety comes first. Have a great day! – Shirley :)

  4. T. Dot
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I agree safety first. Another suggestion would be to make sure anything is “swallow safe” (i.e. glue and embellishments such as the small felt circle and rhinestone). Really cute idea!

  5. Ashley Donaldson
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tutorial! For the life of me I can’t figure out how to use the pin to turn the fabric inside out! Any tips?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ashley! It can be tricky! You have to push the pin into the tube and then grab the pin (while it is inside the fabric, gripping it from the outside of the fabric) and pull it along the tube. I try to push the pin as far as I can, grab it with one hand (while it’s under the fabric) and then pull the fabric along the other way, smoothing it out. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks! – Shirley :)

  6. Kahli
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m from Australia and both our standards and the EU standards for the length of these clips including the clasp is 22cm (8.5″).

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kahli! Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day! Thanks again! Michelle :)

  7. Cindi Lou Who
    Posted July 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this tutorial. We have guardianship over 2 little guys for now, and I can never find cute boy paci holders. I will definitely be making a few. And then maybe even some for gifts. :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Cindi Lou Who! Thank you so much for your comment! Yay!!! I am so glad that you like this tutorial. It is so much fun to personalize these cute little pacifier clips. They are so easy to throw together and look amazing when you are done! Good luck with making them and thank you again! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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