Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Interchangeable Teething/Nursing Necklace Tutorial

3.13.2012

Interchangeable Teething/Nursing Necklace Tutorial

Henry has gotten to the point where he loves grabbing things. He especially loves grabbing while he's eating. I can't where regular necklaces because he'll pull them and break them. I looked into nursing/teething necklaces and liked the idea except that they are only one color. I made a necklace that is interchangeable.
 
Start with tubes of fabric about 18 inches long. You can make them longer and cut them later because the knots use more fabric than I expected. I used knit and woven fabrics.
Put buttons, rubber balls, beads, etc. or whatever you have in your house. I used those glass rocks that go in fish tanks. Put one in, tie a knot, put another one in, tie a knot until you have the length you want.
For the back piece I used knit so it would be stretchy and wouldn't cut into my neck as much. Sew it into a tube and turn right side out. Fold edge over and sew. I didn't finish the edge because it's a knit.
Sew a buttonhole onto the edge.
To finish the edge of the color edge, I folded the fabric inside the tube and topstitched. I wasn't trying to make this really nice because it's going to be chewed on and pulled on by a baby.
Sew some buttons onto the edges of the fronts that can be used with the back buttonholes. Now you have and interchangeable necklace.
 
It's pretty casual but a little funky.
 
Perfect for little hands to grab. It's a "toy" that's always ready, can't be thrown across the room, and is a great distraction.

4 comments:

  1. ah what a great idea! My shirts are all stretched out from my daughter pulling them down while she eats - as if I don't have enough trouble staying modest these days haha. Thanks! Totally making one TONIGHT!

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  2. Great idea!! I'll be pinning this one.

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  3. Super cute! I love the idea of making your own teething necklaces! So cute!

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  4. With various cloth patterns you could avail out there, imagine the fashionable teething necklaces you could make. Costs less too!

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