A couple of weeks ago I made an awesome LSU-themed Baby Shower Gift Basket for my friend. Just in case you missed that post, this is what it looked like:




Among the goodies inside the gift basket was a pacifier leash. I promised a tutorial, so here it is!


I make my pacifier leashes a little differently from most people mainly because I hate sewing tubes then turning them inside out. I think this is a much quicker and easier method that is similar to the one you use when making double-sided bias binding (well, without the bias of course!).


Here are the materials you will need: (1) 4″ x 12″ piece of cotton fabric, (1) 3/4″ x 12″ piece of heavy-duty interfacing, (1) mitten clip, and (1) 5″ piece of elastic. I used 3/8″ elastic because it was what I had on hand but you can use a colored rubber hair band too. I like to use elastic instead of putting in snaps because it allows you to attach the round pacifiers with the little hole that doesn’t work with the snaps.



First fold the fabric with pretty sides out and iron flat.



Leave the pretty side down.



Fold the edges to the center and iron.





Fold one half over the other and iron. The new strip should be around 1″ wide.



Open the strip and fold the left edge in about 1/2″ and iron.



Put the strip of stabilizer inside about 1/4″ away from the left edge on the lower half of the fabric.



Now fold the elastic (or rubber band) and place it inside about 1/2″ from the left edge.



Fold the top half back over and pin.



Ok, it’s time to sew! I like to use a foot that has a center opening. With the elastic on the top side of the strip, set your needle to the right side (instead of center). This will give you a neater looking seam that is closer to the edge.



Here’s a close up…the red line shows where you want to keep the edge of the fabric and the white dashed line shows where you will be sewing.



Sew all the way down the right side until you get to the bottom. You can sew off the edge because this edge will be unfinished.



Ok this may seem confusing so stay with me…


Cut your thread and remove the strip from the sewing machine. Rotate it 180°. The elastic side will be the new bottom edge.


Put it back on the machine with your needle in about 3/4″ from the (new) bottom edge. It will be on top of your first seam. Sew a few stiches (over what you have already sewn) until you reach about 1/8″ before the bottom.



With your needle still down, pick up  your presser foot and turn the strip 90° counter clock-wise. Put presser foot back down. Sew until you are about 1/8″ from the edge.



Then (with the needle still down) lift the presser foot and rotate the strip 180°. Sew until about 1/8″ from the edge.



I like to repeat rotating the strip back and forth so I can sew this edge seam about 4x total. that was you know the elastic is held tight. Once you are finished sewing the narrow end with the elastic, sew the other long side of the strip. You can sew all the way off the bottom edge because it is unfinished.



This is what you should end up with:



Trim the unfinished edge.



Add the mitten clip and fold the edge of fabric over about 1″.



Sew the over the fold. I like to use the zipper foot so I can get the seam closer to the clip.



Then with the needle still down, rotate 180° and sew over the seam again. Do this 4x total, the same way you did for the seam that held the elastic.



Now trim off the excess to about 1/8″ away from the seam.



And now you have a finished pacifier leash! The final size for the fabric part is about 1″ x 11″ and it is super strong because of the stabilizer and reinforced seams.





I hope you find this tutorial useful! Now go out and make something cute for some babies!


Until later, happy sewing!


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  1. jamie says:

    great job! I tried to make one once and I swore “never again!” mine was a hot mess :)

  2. Maria Kiser says:

    Nice!! I just made one of these yesterday for a friend and my sewing is kind of crazy on the ends. I never even thought to rotate it 180 and go back and forth. So thanks!! :)

  3. So cute!! Too bad I am done having babies!! There is always baby shower gifts!! I would love for you to come link up at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-3.html

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