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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Pacifier Lanyard and Carrying Pouch

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Babies like to suck on things, and today's orthodontically-correct pacifiers seem to be something the majority of us can agree on as little lifesavers... for both the baby and the parents. However, they also seem to be something that is never where you need it when you need it. Today, as part of our Fabric.com Oh! Baby series, we have two solutions: one) a lanyard that snaps onto the pacifier on one end and clips on to a baby's clothing, stroller or swing on the other end; and two) a cute little pouch that can hold two binkies (on their lanyards) with its own snap-on handle to attach the pouch to a diaper bag, stroller or wherever you might need to have it handy. I dub this pouch: "backup-binky-bag." Because... you can never have too many on hand. In fact, I still remember coming across an old cardigan in the back of a storage closet, years after my own kids were well beyond binkies – in the pocket, a spare pacifier!

Our thanks to Fabric.com for sponsoring the Oh Baby! series. They have a wonderful selection of traditional baby and nursery favorites as well as hundreds of modern fabrics for the trendy babies in your life. We used a selection of three fabrics from Premier Prints that are as cute for this project as they would be as a trio of pillows on your sofa. It's truly a wide open world these days when it comes to fabric mixing and matching, and Fabric.com is a wonderful resource for everything you need. 

We used heavier weight fabrics for both our lanyard and its pouch. You could go with a standard weight cotton, but it would then make sense to up the stability of the interfacing to a medium or heavy weight. If your layers begin to get substantial, you may also want to consider switching to long prong snaps. 

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

Supplies shown are for TWO binky lanyards and ONE matching carrying pouch

Getting Started

  1. Download and print the Pacifier Pouch pattern.
    IMPORTANT: The pattern download consists of ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print this PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
  2. Cut out each pattern piece along the solid line. 
  3. From the lanyard fabric(s) (Premier Prints Polka Dot and Madison in our samples), cut ONE 11½" x 3" piece for each lanyard.
  4. From the pouch exterior fabric (Stripe Ticking in our sample), cut the following: 
    Using the pattern, cut TWO pouch pieces
    Using the pattern, cut TWO flap pieces 
    ONE 3" x 3½" strip 
    ONE 3" x 6" strip
    NOTE: We cut our Ticking so the strips went vertically for the pouch and horizontally for the pouch handle.
  5. From the PUL, using the pattern, cut TWO pouch pieces
  6. From the light-weight interfacing, cut the following:
    TWO 1" x 11" strips (one for each lanyard)
    Using the pattern, cut TWO pouch pieces
    Using the pattern, cut TWO flap pieces

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

POUCH

  1. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of each exterior pouch piece and each exterior flap piece.
  2. On the paper pattern for the the pouch, trim away the marked dart lines and punch a hole at the snap placement dot. On the paper pattern for the the flap, punch a hole at the snap placement dot.
  3. Using these "altered " pattern as a guide, mark dart lines and snap placement dots on the wrong side (the interfaced side) of both exterior pouch pieces. Mark the snap placement dots on the right side of both exterior flap pieces. And, mark the dart lines on the wrong side of the two PUL pouch pieces.

Create the flap

  1. Place the two exterior flap pieces right sides together and pin in place.
  2. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch around the entire curve of the flap, leaving the straight edge open. 
  3. Trim the seam allowance to ¼" and clip the curves.
  4. Turn the flap right side out and press well.
  5. Edgestitch along the entire curved edge (the seam line); the straight end is still open.

Create the straps

  1. Find the two 3" strips.
  2. On each 3” strip, press under ½" along both sides and one end. 
  3. Fold the strips in half lengthwise, matching the folded edges. Pin in place. 
  4. Edgestitch along both sides and across the folded end.  

Install the snaps and make the pouch darts

  1. Apply snaps to the marked positions on the completed flap (the top-pearl half), one pouch piece (the bottom half) and ½" from the finished end of each strap (pearl half on the long strap, bottom half on the short strap).

    NOTE: If you are new to installing snaps, check out our tutorial
  2. Following the marked lines, sew darts in each pouch piece. Press the darts toward the center.
  3. Following the marked lines, sew darts in each PUL piece. Pinger press the darts toward the center.
    NOTE: If you are new to making darts, we have a tutorial on them too!

Assemble the pouch

  1. Place the two exterior pouch pieces (with darts in place and pressed) right sides together, matching the raw edges and the dart seams. Pin in place.
  2. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch around the entire curve of the pouch, leaving the top straight edge open. 
  3. Trim the seam allowance to ¼" and clip the curves.
  4. Sew the interior PUL pouch pieces together in the same manner.
  5. Turn the exterior pouch right side out and place the pouch on your work surface with the back side (the side with no snap) facing up. 
  6. Pin the flap to the pouch, centered between the side seams. The flap should be right sides together with the pouch, which means the bottom half of the snap will be facing up.
  7. On the right side (right side as you are looking down at the pouch) place the long strap so its right side is exactly in line with the right side seam. This means its left edge will be tucked under the flap just slightly.
  8. Repeat to attach the short strap on the left side of the flap. Again, the strap's left side should be exactly in line with the left side seam of the pouch and the right side of the strap will be tucked under the flip just a bit. 
  9. The top raw edges of the flap and both straps should be flush with the top raw edge of the pouch. 
  10. Pin all three pieces in place. 
  11. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch through all the layers, from one side seam to the opposite side seam.
  12. Flip up the flap and the straps; this will cause the ½" seam allowance to fold to the inside of the pouch.
  13. Fold the remaining raw edge along the front of the pouch ½" to match. Pin in place.
  14. Find the PUL pouch. It should still be wrong side out. 
  15. Fold over the top raw edge of the PUL pouch ½" to match the exterior. Hold in place with clips. 
    NOTE: You should use clips rather than pins with PUL. For more on working with this special fabric, check out our tutorial.
  16. Slip the PUL lining inside the exterior pouch so the two pieces are now wrong sides together. 
  17. Align the darts and the upper edges of the two pouches. Adjust the clips so they now hold both layers together and in place along the front edge. At the back, the lining should just cover the flap/straps seam.
  18. Edgestitch around the entire pouch opening through all the layers, removing the clips as you go.

LANYARD

  1. Find one 11½" x 3" piece of lanyard fabric. Fold in and press ½" along both long edges, then fold in and press ½" on one end.
  2. Tuck a 1" x 11½" interfacing strip under the folded edge on one side. Following manufacturer's directions, fuse in place with your iron.
  3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides out, and press. 
  4. Edgestitch along both sides and across the bottom, pivoting at each corner. The top edges of the lanyard are left open. 
  5. Apply the bottom half of the snap set on the back side of the lanyard, approximately ⅜" from finished end. 
  6. Apply the top half of the snap set (the pearl side) on the front side of lanyard, approximately 3" from the finished end of the lanyard. Before applying this second half, be sure to try it out with a binky to confirm you have the correct positioning and enough length to wrap through your binky.

    NOTE: As we mentioned above, If you're new to applying snaps, take a look at our tutorial: How to Apply Metal Snaps to Fabric.
  7. Press the unfinished end of the lanyard to the back ¼".
  8. Thread this end through the suspender clip and fold in place approximately ¾", encasing the raw edge within the fold. Again, this folded edge should be to the back of the lanyard (the side of the lanyard that does not feature the pearl head of the snap). Close your snap and double-check you threaded the suspender clip in the right direction. 
  9. Stitch down the tab close to the folded edge. We recommend several lines of stitching to create a nice strong seam. 

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler

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Comments (24)

bellsam said:
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I'd do this in lulu twill storm/ yellow, suzani corn yellow and gotcha summerland grey

Dona4ky said:
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I have added your site to my favorites so that I can refer back to your tutorials! These are the best ideas I have seen for baby.

Allison C said:
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Another great tut.  I haven't worked with snaps yet, but it is on the list

SewLindaAnn said:
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This is an awesome idea! What a great little giftie to put on top of a package or in a stocking. I'm spending way too much time looking through all the projects and deciding what to make first! Those fabrics are wonderful, I'm a fan of not always using duckie prints for baby items. I think the Mid Century Modern liine would look really cool in baby accessories. What about a cool little backpack for a toddler.

Lisa Marie said:
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Love it!  I wonder why making things tiny always seems to make them cuter.

MarciaFlorida said:
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This looks quite useful. Thanks for the tutorial.

Laura Adams said:
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My daughter's expecting her first. She will love this!

gaylemn said:
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love this idea will keep it for my boy friends new grand baby due in april.

Sabine said:
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This is also cute. Soooo many cute fabrics that matches together...I want them all!

dmarie006 said:
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I already love the clips, but the bag is a cute idea.  You can snap it on to the car seat, stroller, or even your diaper bag.  VERY clever!

The fabric that I like the most is Riley Blake Zoofari.  It can be used for a lot of different things.  I'd like to see a pattern for a bib with some sort of a sleeve.  As the baby gets older and moves on to solid foods, it helps with clean up and keeping the shirt below clean.

Crisa said:
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I love the carrying pouch! I love the Animal Parade fabric by Ana Davis at fabric.com! I would like to learn how to make a highchair cover.

SunnySewing said:
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I love all the flannel, minky and fleece over at Fabric.com; however, I've always had a soft spot for Pooh.  I'd pick my favorite to be sleepy Pooh Nursery Sleepy Z's in Cream.  

As for projects, I'd love to see a baby sling on here.  One that goes over your shoulder and holds the baby close to you. 

Thanks for the chance to win!

The Lucky Ladybug said:
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My favorite baby fabric is Michael Miller Gypsy Bandana Gypsy Paisley Pink/Lime and I'd love to see more diaper bag designs :)

ChristyS said:
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My babies are 15 and 10 now, long past pacifier age but I'm going to make one for myself to keep my keys and chapstick in!

StonyBrook said:
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I'm not a pacifier fan, but this project would be great for a teething ring or toy, too; it's just so cute!  I love the fabrics you chose, too.  

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