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leather braided soother clip : diy

Leather Braided Soother ClipI never intended on giving any child of mine a soother. I naively thought that they were just a way to quiet your little one when nothing else would do, and that eventually weaning them off of one would be a nightmare. While the latter still may hold some truth, the former does not.

I think that Remy was probably three weeks old when I finally gave in and purchased a soother for her. Up until then, she would constantly want to nurse without actually always wanting to eat. It was the mere sucking motion that she craved. I would literally spend all day “nursing” her, for if I took my breast away, she would cry. Exhausted and overwhelmed with our marathons, I told my sister and friends about what was happening. Each and every one of them told me to give her a soother. After trying a few different brands, we finally found one that she liked. My nursing sessions then went from three-hour-long stretches to only twenty minutes. Since then, we’ve never looked back.

What we have looked for are dropped soothers. Honestly, if you don’t have a clip attached to the end of one, your whole day will consist of bending down, searching for, and rinsing off said soother. Our favourite clip inevitably became the leather braided kind. They are so adorable, and Remy likes to grab onto and suck the leather in this teething stage of hers. Purchasing one can become quite expensive, though. After visiting Michaels, I ended up getting a pack of leather lace cord and clips for the same price of buying and shipping a pre-made soother clip. Now I can have twelve soother clips for the same price as one! And you can too with this tutorial.

Leather Braided Soother Clip

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSupplies:

Leather cord
Clip
Scissors
Fabric tape measure

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSteps:

1. Cut one piece of leather cord into two, approximately 28″ in length. (You will know if you prefer it to be shorter or longer after you make one. I personally like this length.)

2. Create a loop approximately 3″ in length with one piece of cord. Take the other piece and wrap it once around the loop.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset3. Now it is time to begin braiding! I used my big toe to hold the loop (even though I photographed it using a succulent). It sounds weird, but you will be tugging as you braid, so you will need to be able to yank on the leather without it coming undone. Starting from the far left, take one of the four pieces and weave it under, over, and under again until it reaches the far right side. This may take some practise.

4. Repeat this weaving until you are approximately 2″ from the bottom.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset5. Once the clip is nearly completely braided, tie a knot at the bottom of the braid so that it will not come loose.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset6. Take a clip and thread the leather through until it is touching the first knot. Then, make another knot so that the clip is secure. Cut away the excess cord from the knot.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset7. That’s all!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIt takes me around ten minutes to make one of these leather soother clips. They then last about two months before becoming quite worn. They are honestly the best and most stylish investment for any parent whose baby who loves a good soother.

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  1. those are just darling!! Autumn used to take a soother, and then eventually she started taking it back out of her mouth and sucking on the edges instead, so we stopped giving them to her. It wasn’t a nightmare at all, she barely even noticed. So maybe it’ll be the same for you and Remy <3

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    • Remy does that now too!! Ever since she started teething, she’s been needing it less during the day, unless it’s to chew on. However, she still will not go to sleep without one in her mouth. So we aren’t off the hook just yet. :-)))

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  2. Her soother clips are brilliant. But then again, anything braided is great. Braided hair, braided boots, braided bracelets, braided purse fringes. Speaking of purses…..

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    • Yes speaking of purses … I’m lucky mine wasn’t STOLEN. I know that was probably your intention when you kept leaving it abandoned all over Toys R Us.

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  3. chelseajacobs

     /  08/09/2016

    I’ve never thought of making one myself! So clever!

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  4. Clever-Emory-Hugs to Remy!!! xx

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