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Binky Clip

For some reason, it’s really hard to find a good pacifier clip at the store. You know, one that will actually stay on, even if your curious baby is pulling on them with their chubby little fists. I had a friend give us a pacifier clip for our daughter more than a year ago, that we loved……and the little binky was always located at the end of the ribbon. Then when we had our little boy this past summer, another good friend gifted us another one, which we have loved as well. This tutorial is patterned after the one we received for our little chubs this past summer (Thanks Marcie!!!!) and I decided that everyone should be able to make their own. Or gift them to other moms. They really are a necessity if your baby sucks on a binky. Nothing is worse than a screaming baby who needs their binky and you can’t find it. Especially in the car……that’s where we use ours most.


I’m not sure where everyone gets the clip part or if there is some secret type you should be purchasing……but I found some name badge clips at Wal-Mart for cheap. They come in a package of 10 or so for under $2.00. (Just pull the plastic thing off of there.)


Then, you’re going to cut a 11-12 inch piece of ribbon and find a coordinating button, bow, flower, or some other trinket to match your ribbon. Seal the ends of your ribbon with ‘fray check’ or heat seal it and then hot glue one of the ends inside the mouth of the clip……


and then pull the ribbon tight and continue gluing it around the bottom side of the clip. (The bottom for my clip was the side without that itty bitty nail sticking out, so that my button would have a flat surface to be glued to.)


At the other end of the ribbon, pound the outtie part of a snap at the very end and then an inch in from that, pound the innie part of the snap onto the ribbon. This will allow you to make a loop, so that you can loop it through a pacifier handle. You don’t need any fancy snap-maker to attach the snaps. In fact, I hate the snap-maker thingy’s. (Do you know what tool I’m talking about? They’re in the shape of scissors and they squeeze the snap into place? Just don’t like them.) I just use the cheap-o setter that comes with most of the snap packages in the sewing section of your store and a hammer. Looks like this…………


And in case you are wondering what to do if your binky has no handle…… Many of those binky’s (like the MAM brand) come with a rubber holder to slide over the bubble part of the binky and it has a slot to slide a piece of ribbon through. So they work just fine too.


After your snaps are in place, slide a 5 inch piece of ribbon through the holes of your button (if you like the look of this), like this…….


Tie it in a knot, trim, and seal the ends.


Then you’re going to hot glue the button over the ribbon that is covering your clip (the smooth, non-nail side of the clip). And your pacifier holder/clip/fastener is finished……..


****You may have noticed that I threw out binky and pacifier equally and frequently. FYI, both words are symonymous…….in case you have never heard the term ‘binky’. Sorry about that!

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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. amy says:

    Pacifier clips specifically can be found at KAM snaps online too. 3/1.00! I know they are probably more than the badge clips, but I’ve had a badge clip go through the wash/dry accidentally…. Ruined my favorite sweater with it’s bouncing around.

  2. Allicia says:

    i use suspender clips. We have a fabric outlet store so they are pennies a piece there. I haven’t checked to see if they are available at a regular craft or fabric store.

  3. Lux says:

    What size of button are you using ?
    I absolutely LOVE your tutorials !!
    Thank you for your generous sharing !

  4. DownHome Designs says:

    Ashley, if I seemed rude in my earlier comment, please accept my apologies. I am just getting into selling things for babies. I haven’t done it before because the CPSIA thing is SUCH a headache. Everything has to be labeled a certain way, etc.

    I am always happy to see the younger generation sewing and crafting for their families. I love to sew and have been at it for 42 yrs. I have 5 children who are grown and now I’m sewing for my grands. Of course my daughters are still getting purses from me, too. I’ve subscribed to your blog and will enjoy reading what you are up to. : )

    1. Ashley says:

      Nope, I didn’t think you were rude at all. In fact, your advice was terrific. This project is several years old…….and to have current updates is always appreciated. And yeah, I have no idea if those same ‘ol metal clips have lead or not but it wouldn’t be worth it to risk it at all. Thanks for chiming in and I in no way thought it was one bit rude when I read it just now. But thanks for being sensitive to me!! I appreciate that! :)

      And you enjoy those grand babies……I hear those are heavenly babies to have! :)


    2. DownHome Designs says:

      BTW, I really like the way you have of attaching the paci to the ribbon. It solves the problem I was having with making these for my baby grandson. He uses the paci with no handle. It has just a little hole and a ribbon with velcro or snaps won’t go thru it. Thanks for the tutorial. : )

  5. DownHome Designs says:

    Like Emily said, you can find your supplies on Etsy. Just type “pacifier clips” into the search bar and select “supplies” in the drop down list. There are quite a number of shops selling these. If you are making these to sell you will need to have the certification showing that the clips are compliant with the CPSIA lead free, etc, requirements. They are very strict about this nowadays. Anything made for children has to be certified lead free and also free from other hazardous substances. I don’t know if the clips from Walmart are lead free since they are not intended for children. Who knows? They might be the very same ones sold for children. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to give it as a gift OR sell it if there is any chance it is not safe. If you buy from an Etsy seller they should be able to provide you with the necessary certification.
    You’ll have fun making these. I’ve just started making them. When you only have a few minutes to sew/craft, you still have time to make a paci clip. : )

  6. Leigh says:

    I was thinking of making these with interchangeable ribbons but no button and selling them 5 or so for $10 with free shipping. Would you buy them if you could get them 5 for $10 and pick the style of ribbon you like for each of the 5. It would be 5 ribbons, and one clip. The clip would be able to snap on and off so you only need one.

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  8. Emily says:

    Hi there! I love your tutorial. I purchased my pacifier clip parts and even the snaps from an etsy seller. She not only has the metal suspender/paci clips, but she has plastic ones too. You'll save a bundle compared to what you're paying at walmart (seriously). Check her out!

  9. Kamala Crockett says:

    Thanks for the tip on cheap clips! I pulled off the plastic part and glued that to the other end of the ribbon since it already has snaps on it! One less step and you don't have to buy any snaps!

  10. Kristi Sue says:

    These clips are very cute. But you may want to make the ribbons for them shorter. The people in charge of baby safety say that ribbons, etc. that you use around your baby should never be more than 7 inches long to prevent them from being accidentally wrapped around baby's neck.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love this general idea, but as Danielle said, the hot glue may not be strong enough to prevent a toddler from pulling the button off then I would be afraid the button would end up in their mouth.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for your instructions and ideas. I was struggling in making these for my business and your guide helped A LOT!! Thank You and Blessings!
    aka – Mama Liz

  13. Becky says:

    I see in one picture you have a badge clip but didn't know what you did at the other end to clip to the pacifier.
    Then I see one you put a snap and then the other end you put a button but how does it clip to the baby or does it just attach to the pacifier?

  14. Becky says:

    I see in one picture you have a badge clip but didn't know what you did at the other end to clip to the pacifier.
    Then I see one you put a snap and then the other end you put a button but how does it clip to the baby or does it just attach to the pacifier?

  15. Danielle says:

    I love this project idea. I bought the same clips and buttons from Walmart. I just can't get the ribbon to stick using hot glue, the glue just pops off the metal clip. The glue should have been plenty hot since I had the gun plugged in for awhile. Am I doing something wrong? Does anyone have a trick or a suggestion to get it to stick? Thanks!

  16. kandi says:

    You can get the mam rubber adapters on ebay! They come in clear and colors. They are inexpensive too!

  17. Kimberly says:

    I love idea and am really excited to try it. I buy MAM pacifiers but have not found any rubber holders. Where can I pick those up?

  18. ashlea says:

    I swear there is a secret place to buy the special looking binky clips and after searching for a while, I finally found where! They are called suspender clips and are usually in the same section as the buttons, snaps, and velcro. They're totally disguised! The only problem is that they are about $2.60 for just 2. I didn't want to spend that much and went to walmart to get the name badge clips! I got 12 for $1.50. What a steal! Walmart is soooo much cheaper, but I wanted to let you all know where the special kinds are and what they are disguised as. I hope I solved the mystery for you! BTW such a great tutorial! I love the way my binky clips turned out!

  19. Devin and Andrea Hatch says:

    These were amazingly easy to make and it turned out super cute! It'll also be a great baby shower gift. Thanks for all the tutorials!

  20. Ashley says:


    I think that stuff was 3/8 of an inch. 5/8 would still work and actually the snap that I bought just BARELY fit. So any bigger would work. The problem might be fitting it through the button holes……but you could leave it off or just use another smaller ribbon. Or put something else over the clip end.

    Anyway, good luck!

  21. Livin & Lovin Our Life Together says:

    I love this idea what size is the ribbon you used? 5/8 or 1/4? Yours looks like it fits perfect on the snap? I bought 5/8 but wondering if it is to big. Thank you for your help! Kristin

  22. Michelle says:

    These are so cute! I went out today and bought like 10 rolls of ribbon and the clips, finding cute buttons though is a hassle!! haha I went to Michaels-none, Hobby Lobby-none, then finally Joann’s had some but for $1.25 each!!! I bought about 5 or so, then went to Walmart and guess what I found! Buttons! Very cute ones too, and there I got 3 for $2.00!!! Anyway thanks for this tut, I can’t wait to use them on my baby girl!

  23. Mom of Mix Kids says:

    OK, I’m lovin this! I have to make one of these. I’ve been looking for a binky clip and I haven’t found one that’s this cute. Thanks for the tips.

  24. Ashley says:

    Hey Gena,

    No, stay at wal-mart. The easier the better, right?? ;o) I found mine at wal-mart too but in the office supply area. They are name badge clips and you pull the plastic attachment part off and just use the metal clip. Very cheap and very easy.

  25. Gena says:

    Where do you get your snaps? All I can find at the Wal-Mart are the sew-ons. Maybe I need to venture out to an actual craft store?

    Thanks, grbuie(@!)

  26. Marcie says:

    Man that Marcie girl must be the best person ever!!!! Wow, she really was the one that gave that to you? What a good gifter! Go Marcie!

  27. Alicia Alee says:

    I love these ! And they are totally hard to find cute ones in the store! I really need some more of that blue/brown ribbon that’s on the binky keepers. I LOVE it and can’t find it anywhere here. I should have you get me some and then pay you for the ribbon and shipping! :) You can be my craft supplier!!! Ha ha.

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