My youngest child Delsi loved her binkie. She was amazingly talented with that thing too. She could twirl it with her tongue and flip it over, much to the entertainment of her siblings.
When she was getting onto about 3 years old, I decided she was getting a bit old for it. So we did the whole routine of throwing it away together, and I hoped that would take care it it.
I put her down for a nap andstarted about my housework. Not long into my cleaning, my neighbor called and told me to come outside the back way and to the circle in front of my house. When I came around the front, there were probably 6 or 8 of the neighbors laughing hysterically and pointing to the window of our home.
Delsi’s bed happened to bump up against the outside wall of the house which faced into the cul-de-sac. My little girl was standing in the window and with the saddest most pitiful voice was saying over and over, “Come back binkie, I miss you, come back”.
The moral to my story is twofold:
1- Make binkie clips so they are never separated from your kids mouth
2- Take the binkie away before they can talk.
Make It Yourself Binkie Clips
A lost binkie can cause weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, along with turmoil for the entire household. Here is a perfect way to keep track of those little gems.
- Dritz Suspender/Mitten Clips – I used 1″
- Dritz Snap Fasteners – I used 3/4″
- Dritze Decorative Snap Fastener Tools – contains socket and pad
- 12-14 inches of 1″ wide ribbon of your choice for one side
- 12-14 inches of 1″ wide ribbon of your choice for other side
- Liquid Stitch Fabric Glue or hot glue *Liquid Stitch works very well and does not leave the ribbon stiff. Recommended to use for ALL ribbons
- Board of some sort to hammer on to protect your surface.
Matches to singe the edge/ thread and needle to stitch up the end
Measure the ribbons the same length, 12-14 inches longFollow package instructions carefully. On the cutting board lay the pad, then the bottom snap.Lay one piece of ribbon, face down, onto the snap. Push down into prongs using the rubber end of a pencil.
Place the other piece of snap on top, making sure to position it in the center and correctly. Again, see package directions.Place the socket on top of the snap and hammer. You can also put a thread spool on top of the snap if desired.Tap firmly and squarely with a mallet several times.Check to see that all the prongs were pushed into the snap and it is securely attached.Repeat with the other snap, allowing 3 – 3 1/3 ” between snaps to provide enough room for wider binkie rings.
Again follow package directions, applying snaps correctly so they will hook together when finished.You can see from the above picture this ribbon will fray. Optional: Singe the ends with a lit match and barely burn the edge to seal it.
IF both pieces of ribbon are lightweight and the same, seal together as one piece.
To attach the two pieces of ribbon wrong sides together, you can use a hot glue gun or fabric glue.
Particularly when using the thinner ribbon, use the Liquid Stitch Glue. It will not add the bulk hot glue will. Again, this will work very well with all types of ribbon. so there won’t be the bulk of the hot glueAlso, recommended to take a few stitches to hold the thick ribbons together. After use they may begin to come apart.At the end without the snaps, slip the suspender/mitten clip over one endAttach the end over the clip to hold. Do this with glue or with a few stitches with a thread and needle, which is recommended so the ribbons do not begin to separate and come apart after several uses.
To use, attach the clip to the baby’s clothing, while the binkie ring is secured by a loop made by the snaps.