There are brief moments during the week when both big girls are at school and Sally is (occasionally) napping. For a blissful 30 or 45 minutes, I can (occasionally) ignore chores and chickens and everything I *should* do in favor of what I *love* to do- sew!
Tipping over my scrap bin, I collected some favorite snippets of cute bright prints and a few low volume pieces of black and whites. I layed them all out and decided to make a paci/toy tether for Sally. Here’s how I did it:
Bright and low volume small scraps
Larger scrap for backing
Larger scrap of batting
Metal clip (these might be called suspender clips at your local craft store)
2.5″ of thin elastic
Basic machine sewing supplies
Trim your scraps to be roughly the same length. I made mine about 1/2″ wide and 3 inches long so I could trim cleanly later on. Sew them all together into one long strip. Carefully iron all the seams open. This will reduce the bulk of the finished product. Next, quilt this strip to a piece of batting. I stitched lines on either side of every seam. (This is sort of like “quilt as you go”. For a more thorough explanation of this awesome technique, check out this post.)
Sally approves. I don’t even think we need the pacifier anymore – she just likes to chew on the strap!
Once your “top” is quilted, trim the backing fabric to match the top. Mine was about 2″ wide. Arrange quilted top and backing with right sides together. Make loop with the elastic and tuck it inside one corner of the rectangle- the ends will ever so slightly stick out and the loop will be tucked between the top and bottom fabrics. Stitch around the perimeter, backstitching at the beginning and end, leaving 2 inches open on one side to turn. Carefully turn the strip right side out and press well with an iron. Slide one corner of the tether into the paci clip. Fold the fabric strip over onto itself and pin. Top stitch around the whole piece to secure. Trim threads and you’re done!