Owlie Howly Pacifier Leash Tutorial

July 26, 2011 at 20:38 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Tutorials | 18 Comments
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If you have a pacifier baby, you know how tiring it is to pick it up from the floor every 5 or 10 minutes and have to wash it. Or how easily they disappear when you need them and the sleep deprivation doesn’t let you remember where you put it. Paloma likes her pacifier so we needed a clip or a leash, but didn’t like the ones that are in the stores. And why would I buy it if I could make it? Better yet, if I could make it using stuff I already had at home.

So I did a couple of leashes for her chupete (pacifier in Spanish) using the clips of  some lanyards Michael got at a couple of  special events and a piece of fabric. If you keep EVERYTHING and try to re-purpose EVERYTHING like me (you have a mess- hopefully an organized mess) and here it is- a use for those lanyards! It is so easy and fast that I would call this tutorial the Fast and Furious Tutorial! 🙂

Before we get to it, I want to give a big thank you to my friend Julieta (Emma’s mom) for the awesome pictures she took for this post. You will see next, they are amazing!

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Lanyard with clip
  • Snap Fasteners (a kit or sew on)
  • Plushie (This is optional. I used a keychain I bought at Old Navy at a Christmas Clearance in 2009. They were $1.47 each! So I bought four of them.)

Okay, Manos a la obra! Cut a 10 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ strip out of your fabric.

Fold in half lengthwise, right side together, and sew along the edge and along one of the short edges with a 1/4″ seam.

Turn the strip right side up. You can use a safety-pin – be careful if a baby is in you arms 🙂 or just your fingers (I always use my fingers).

Iron it flat. Now disassemble the lanyard so you will only have the clip.

Fold the open edge of the fabric strip inside itself at about 1/4″ and iron flat.

Take your clip and fold the same end at about 2″ over the clip.

Pin and sew. Use your back-stitch setting in your sewing machine and sew it again to reinforce it.

Next you will install the snaps, either with the tool and a hammer or by sewing them on, at the other end of the strip at about 2″ apart.

Now get your plushie and attach it to the clip. If you are using a keychain like I did use the ring to attach them together.  I had two different clips so I am showing you both in the next picture (we took the picture before sewing the strip to the clips).

And you are done!

Attach it to your baby’s binky and go for a stroll to celebrate. We sure did it with Julieta and Emma!

I would love to see if you make one. Please share it at the Mother Crafter Project Pool!

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. This tutorial was featured at Crafty Confessions.



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  1. Now the baby doesn’t have to worry about dropping his/her pacifier 🙂

    • Right! Thank you for stopping by 😉

  2. Thanks for linking up to last week’s Tuesday Confessional! You’ve been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!

    • Ohh… Thank you! And thank you for hosting! 🙂

  3. Great idea to use the hooks from old lanyards. I think we all have one or two that we don’t know what to do with. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

    • Thank you Michelle!

  4. Your leash is super cute and your pictures are great! I would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/14/blog-party-3/

    I look forward to blogging with you!

    • Thank you Erin! I’ll stop by shortly. 😉

  5. Hi Vanina, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great project! And so nice to meet you! Hope to see you again soon!

    • Nice to meet you too! Thank you for hosting. Glad to be connected 🙂

  6. Thanks for linking up! I love the owls!!

    • Thank you for hosting! 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will party again tomorrow!

    • Thanks Erin!

  8. Super cute! You are so talented!

    I’d love for you to link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now. It’s a blog hop specifically for kids and teens related “stuff”, so your post would be perfect!


    • Thank you Melanie! I will post it right now 🙂

  9. Cool… much needed with the Back to School season going on. I like your nail paint as well 😉

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on… hope to see you there again 🙂


    • Thank you for the reminder, Tanya!

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