Come check out this sweet Soother Clip and Toy/Drink Leash. What a great idea to keep your little one’s most important items in place and within the reach of their little hands.
Welcome to The Ribbon Retreat Blog. My name is Rebeca and I am the owner of Clips N Things.
Today I will be showing you how to make a soother clip and a toy/drink leash for your little ones.
The materials used are from The Ribbon Retreat:
10″ of 7/8″ ribbon for soother clip in Bermuda Cool
24″ of 7/8″ ribbon for toy/drink leash in Owls
1″ Suspender Clip
6″ of Beading Cord for Soother Clip
7″ of 1/4″ Elastic for Toy/Drink Leash
Wood Burning Tool
(can be done with a candle as well)
We’ll start with the soother clip.
Cut your ribbon to 10″ and heat seal the edges. Measure 1.5″ from one end and make a small mark in the centre on the wrong side of the ribbon.
For the drink leash, cut your ribbon to 24″ and make a mark, on the wrong side of the ribbon at 1.5″ from the end as well. This is where you will use your wood burning tool to make a hole. A wood burning tool usually comes with different attachments. I used the round tip attachment so that it will give you a perfect circle and heat seal the edges evenly. You can also use scissors to cut out a small hole, and then hold the hole over a candle to heat seal the hole.
Cut your beading cord to 6″. Tie the ends, and pass the loop through the hole from the wrong side of the ribbon to the right side of the ribbon leaving about 1/2″ of the cord facing you.
Fold the end of the ribbon to the start of the hole, and then fold down again. Make sure the sealed edge is covered.
You will now need your sewing machine.
I found the strongest hold is to stitch a square and then and “X” in the middle. Do this twice. This will hold your cord in place. Test it for strength, as sometimes the stitch doesn’t hold the cord properly.
On the other end, loop the ribbon through the suspender clip. Make sure the seams are on the same side. Fold the ribbon over twice. I set my sewing machine needle to the far left and then stitch straight across. Go over it 2-3 times to get a good grip. I always test the stitches by pulling on the suspender clip and pulling on the cord. That is it!!
To make the drink leash, cut out 7″ of 1/4″ elastic. I found this size to work around my son’s bottles, but you can shorten it or lengthen it to fit what you need. You can also double loop the elastic around smaller objects. Loop the elastic through the hole you made in the beginning, and leave about 1/2″ facing you.
Fold the ribbon down twice to hide the heat sealed edge. Stitch in a square with an “X” shape. Do this twice to secure it. You need to use elastic so that you can stretch it around the cup and also so you can use it with more than one item.
For the other end, fold down your ribbon about 2″ (make sure that the ribbon fits through this loop). Stitch straight across a few times to secure it.
This is your finished product and how you attach the soother and bottle to it!!
The drink leash has a loop on the end that you can loop to a car seat or stroller, that way if the baby “drops” the bottle or drink cup it will stay attached to the stroller.
The possibilities are endless. I used coordinating ribbon, but you can make the soother clip and drink leash in the same ribbon to match. I have included some examples. The bottom soother clip is double sided, so to make this one I stitched the 2 ribbons together and then added the beading cord and suspender clip. All of these ribbons are available from The Ribbon Retreat, from left to right the colours are Bermuda Cool, Owls, Miss Monkey, Bermuda Hot, Miami Waves and Dino Buddies.
Have fun creating!!
Thank you Rebeca! Those soother clips and drink/toy leashes are awesome…and I think I need some. Rebeca is so great at creating innovative projects with ribbon. She is talented and would love to share her other creations with you. Visit her at Clips N Things to view all that she has to share. Thank you Rebeca!
What a great idea to keep your little one’s most important items in place and within the reach of their little hands. We have so many other great projects that those little hands will love. Here are a couple we are sure they will love: Dinosaur Softie, Tag Blankets, and Stuffed Owl. These projects are sure to put a smile on those little faces and a thumbs up on those little hands.