ridiculously easy teething necklace
OK there is A LOT of teething going on around here. Like A LOT. Ella will essentially chew on everything, anything and all things. She especially loved the beads Anneliese had so I thought I could do something wooden. And cute. So I made a necklace. No, not for her. For meeeee. Because since I’m usually holding her and she’s trying to chew on my face (no, really, she’ll put ANYTHING in her mouth) she can grab this. Alternatively this could be shortened and left in a string for her to chew on (or tied in a circle like a standard teething ring). Or she can just take it off me. (But in that instance I would remove the ribbon so she doesn’t swallow it cause she would TOTALLY swallow it)
Here it is:
Get this stuff.
~a piece of fabric at least 44 inches long (or sew some together to equal that length)
~beads: 1 inch (9 or more or less)
~ribbon: 2 feet
~scissors, sewing machine
FYI: This uses small beads. That are a choking hazard. See:
*Don’t worry we are going to take an extra precaution.
First cut your fabric into a 3.5 inch X 44 inch strip. I use a rotary cutter cause I’m cool like that.
Then, sew it using a 1/4 inch seam:
Then, just to be safe, cause we don’t want any baby to choke, sew it AGAIN at 1/8th inch. If you want to be really really sure sew it a third time:
Then turn it inside out (I used a safety pin) and tie a knot about 4 inches from one end:
And stuff and bead in there:
And tie another knot and do it again. (It’s helpful if you twist the fabric a bit before you knot it so it’s tight):
(zIt’s also helpful if you get a manicure before you post a blog tutorial that features your sad hands.)
Keep doing this until you have about six inches left. This for me was 9 beads. (Perfect cause 9 is my favorite number):
Then tie a length of ribbon about a foot long to each end and cut off the excess ribbon/fabric (make sure and cut the ribbon on the diagonal or somethin fancy like that so it doesn’t unravel on you). It’s awesome that ‘fray’ is in because you don’t have to sew the ends. BUT if you want to, tuck the ends in and sew the ribbon inside. I did not.
Because I’m lazy.
And that’s it:
Like I said if you’d like to make this more of a teething ring then just make it shorter (5 or 6 beads probably) and tie the ends together.
I like it cause it’s cute (even if it is a little more than I’d usually wear for jewelry) and functional. And Ella, well she put it right in her mouth. Approved!