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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

braided pacifier clip {tutorial}

Pacifier clips are a mandatory baby item around here. 
And they've also always been on the "easier to buy" list in regards to a project I might do myself.

But when Eliza had broken two clips last week and not a single local store carried a decent clip (read: any that weren't a total eyesore), I had to improvise.

And can I just say that I love how these turned out!!
They turned out to be a quick, cheap project after all. Win!


 - jersey knit fabric (1/4 of a yard makes about four clips!)
 - fabric adhesive
 - metal pacifier/suspender clip
 - clipboard (optional)

When you're searching for or purchasing fabric for these clips, make sure you have the full length of the fabric. Most fabric off the bolt is between 45-60 inches. Also on the top of fabrics... be conscious about prints. See which way the jersey edges roll. If the fabric rolls in on the print, you won't see it in the braid. For example, the white braided clip pictured below actually has a pretty gold polka dot print on it. But since the fabric rolls in over the print pattern, that's clearly lost in this project. Just something to think about...

Start by cutting a long 2" strip of  the full length your fabric. Just eyeball it. The wonderful thing about jersey knit is that it doesn't fray and the edges roll up. So you don't have to worry about being exact with this one.
 This strip will make one pacifier clip. So a fourth of a yard should allow for four long strips and an eighth should allow for two! Most jersey knit is around $6-$7 a yard. That translates into less than fifty cents each!

Once you have your long strip of fabric, fold it in half and find the center. Cut the strip in half.

Fold one of the strips in half again, grab your clipboard and pin the center fold underneath the clip.

As I was experimenting with making these, I couldn't find a clipboard around the house to save my life. I ended up using a sturdy chip clip and fastening the center of the strip to a caddy box in the middle of my kitchen table. The point is to secure it so you can pull and braid it. Just do what works.

Grab your other piece of fabric and slide it behind the clipped piece. Pull the two ends down and around to cross between the ends of the clipped piece. 
Ugh, that sounds confusing. See the picture, y'all. 

No I'm no braiding expert (confession: I can't even French braid!), but the fishtail braid is really as simple as the basic braid, just with one extra section. But the girl that can't even French braid picked it up in 30 seconds so don't freak out. 

It's basically:
 - Outside left strand over the one closest to it. 
 - Outside right strand over the one closest to it.
 - Then cross the two middle strands.
 - Repeat. 

Grab a video like this one and you get the added benefit of a DIY project and a new hairstyle. You're welcome.

Once the braid is as long as you'd like it to be, string the metal clip onto the braid. 

Fold the braid back up over the metal bar. Then find the longest fabric strand. You want to use this strand to wrap tightly around the base of the folded braid, holding everything in place. 

Secure the wrapped piece with some fabric adhesive. To be honest, superglue worked the best and the quickest. I wrapped tightly a few times, then put a dab of it on the back side of the braid, then wrapped twice more. 
If you're using an adhesive that takes longer to dry or you're just impatient and don't want to stand there holding this thing for a few minutes, grab a chip clip and clip right over the area. Walk away for a bit to make sure it has plenty of time to dry

Finally, come back and trim off your strands! I start with the three folded up, then move over to the wrapped piece.


I decided to make a few different colors because accessories! I love the stretch of the jersey knit. Eliza is definitely one to pull on and chew all over her paci clips so these have worked out pretty nicely!


  1. This is great - thank you for the tutorial. About how long are the strips before you fold them in half?

  2. How do you get your braid to stay nice and straight? Mine looks like a spiral! 😂

  3. Mine are frayed.. am I using the wrong fabric?