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Natural Wood & Bunny Ear Teething Ring

I’ve been a little sparse around here…..but that’s not because I’ve been sick, too tired, or on vacation.  (Though, I wish it was because I’ve been on vacation!)  We’ve actually been doing a major re-haul of my craft room that’s been taking more time than expected…..but that’s mostly because I have SO MUCH JUNK!!  Ack!  While re-doing the entire space (with cupboards and table tops and so much more room)…I have also been sorting through and getting rid of so many things that I have held onto for years.  Yep, hoarder, right here! ;)

Anyway, I have been gathering boy fabrics lately (remember how we’re adding a baby boy to our family?) and I’ve been itching to use it.  So, the other day, I finally sewed something (among all the chaos surrounding my sewing machine)…..and it made me so happy!

With a baby coming, I start thinking back to what we need, what we already have, and what would be fun to add to our baby boy stash.  I do have plenty of hand-me-downs from Oliver but I started thinking about how my babies tend to be chewers, especially while teething.  And instead of chewing on their hands, socks, or corners of blankets…I made these Natural Wood & Bunny Ear Teething Rings and am excited to let this baby boy give them a try!  (I actually made a few in girl colors too, so I can use them for gifts….because, WOW, I have so many friends expecting babies right now!)

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For a size reference, here is Oliver modeling the little Teething Rings.  (I told him to “pretend” to bite it…..but not really.  He thought this was a funny game!) The rings are perfect for little hands to grab onto and both the ring and fabric are safe for chewing.  The back side is made from terry cloth, so it’s also absorbent for all that baby drool.

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(And yes, those are stitches on Oliver’s forehead.  The poor kiddo tripped and smacked his face straight onto a concrete slab.  Wah!)

 

I have seen similar teething rings around (especially at overpriced baby boutiques), but in case you’re giving these to someone and you’re worried they may not know what they are, I thought it would be fun to attach a tag that explains what they are and how to care for them.  (I’ve included the printable down below, if you’re interested.)

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In fact, I’m having a shower here at my house tonight, for a friend having her very first boy.  She may be getting one or two of these! :)

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These are so great for your own babies….but are just as fun to make in bulk and keep on hand for baby gifts!  Unique handmade baby gifts are always a hit….especially when they only take minutes to make!!! :)

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Would you like to make a few??

 

SUPPLIES for Teething Ring:

 

Cut out the pattern piece for the fabric bunny ears using the link above and cut out your shape, making sure to CUT ON THE FOLD (so that it ends up being twice as big).

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Cut the same shape on your terry cloth (again, ON THE FOLD).

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Place your two pieces together with RIGHT sides together.  Pin together.

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Sew around the outer edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving about a 2 inch opening along one side.

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Cut off the point at each end, without cutting through your seam.  (More on cutting corners and curves HERE.)

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Turn right side out through the side opening, poke out the ends, and iron flat.

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Be sure to fold the edges of the opening towards the inside, 1/4 inch.

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Top stitch around the entire thing, using a 1/8 seam allowance.  (This will close your opening too.)

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Now, grab your ring and place your fabric strip on top, while pinching it in the middle.

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Grab both pointed ends and wrap them around the ring and under, coming out the through the center of the ring.

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Keep the ends both laying the same way (fabric side up) and pull them through.

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Continue pulling until you have a snug sort of knot, and two little “bunny ears” coming out the top, with a little more than 1/2 the ring visible (so that baby can still grab on and chew if they want).

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Now, make a few more….because wasn’t that EASY?!!

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Oh, and remember, if you’d like to attach a tag, you can print them off HERE.

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Enjoy!

-Ashley

 

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Thanks for checking out my Natural Wood & Bunny Ear Teething Ring post. Check out my full collection of DIY Sewing articles. Find even more sewing projects, patterns, and tips for beginners and advanced sewists by Liz Call, Mariah Leeson, Randi Dukes and Tauni Everett.
 
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
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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Comments

  1. Vera says:

    Can you you flannel cotton fabric or has to be plain cotton?

  2. Rae says:

    Unfortunately, people don't know what for personal use means. This lady named Melanie in my area is selling these $12 each on offer up. Using your exact template tags and all. https://offerup.co/nSRoBKTCs3

  3. Beth says:

    Can you recommend a place to buy these cute fabrics? I have a JoAnn’s but they have nothing this cute except icky flannel. 😊

  4. Shawna says:

    Could you treat the wood with something, like coconut oil? Would that be safe?

  5. Gina says:

    If I made this with polka dot minky in place of the terry cloth do you think it would stay knotted well enough? Or would the minky be too slippery?

  6. Sharon Worley says:

    These are just so stinking cute! Thanks for the tutorial and the cute tag, which really puts the finishing touch on this project. I’ve made these to match two baby quilts and added some matching burp pads. Is there any chance you might remember the fonts you used so I can make tags for the other items I’ve included?

  7. Mysha says:

    Hi. The article is great, thanks a lot ❤️
    I just don’t understand the pattern for cutting the fabric. I don’t have a printer at home and anyway I would prefer staying environmental friendly and not print it. This, could you tell me the dimensions please?

    1. Shawna says:

      About 8in tall and 4in wide

  8. Judith says:

    Thank you for the idea & the Pattern for this really cute & easy bunny-ear-rings! I like them so much and they are really easy to sew.

    Lot of greatings from Switzerland
    Judith

  9. Jodi says:

    I made several of these for my granddaughter and they turned out so cute! However, I had the same issue that Rachel mentioned, our little one kept pulling the fabric off the ring. I ended up sewing a few stitches to keep in on, but also wondering if anyone else had this problem, and if so what did you do? Thanks

  10. Christinetatterson says:

    What a shame they don’t print measurements on the pic as not everyone can down load the pattern ,as my self I only have an I pad no printer ,if measurement ,s where written on ,majes it easy to copy ,love it and very gratefully that people like yourself share with us all thanks Chris t

  11. Alyssa says:

    These are great. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring them if you don’t mind.

  12. Marian says:

    Hi Ashley can you tell me the size of the template please, sas I cannot print it out. I did try to trace it but it looks too big on my laptop. thanks

    1. Cheryl says:

      Hi Ashley! What size should the entire length and width of the template be? I copied the template while it was on my computer screen and I have 5″ wide by a total length of 20″ … seems like it will be too big? Not sure. Can you please confirm total size? Thanks so much!

  13. NICOLE says:

    Love this idea. Would you mind if I made these and sold the finished product?

  14. Pamela says:

    I bought these from a someone who also makes cloth diapers. She made them with a crinkle material inside them. Now see if I can find out where to get the crinkle material!

    1. Sharyn says:

      I use the plastic from cereal bags, cut to the same size as the fabric and sew to fabric while inside out.

  15. Anita says:

    What a brilliant idea! I am in Australia, the link for both wooden rings is not able to be accessed. Could you post a measurement of the larger one please? I have a brand new grandson and another baby on the way soon and I would love to make these. Thanks.

    1. Anita says:

      OOPS Just realised…..you did mention the size …..I shouldn’t hop on the internet after having teeth filled…..Happy stitching.

    2. Kas says:

      Which size did you end up using? I have some 3″ maple teethers that I ordered from Alexa Organics a few months ago…I could essentially order 2.5 also lol but I wonder if I could use 3″ since I already have them?

  16. Marilyn says:

    Thank you so much do sharing. What a wonderful idea. So simple and useful.

  17. Rachel says:

    I made something similar to this for my last baby. I thought they were so cute and easy to sew! However, my baby was continually pulling the fabric off of the ring. I was curious to see if you had any tricks to solve that problem, but it looks like yours are assembled the same way. Thought I’d give you a heads up that you might need to tack the fabric down to itself somehow to make it more functional.

  18. Rhonda says:

    I know 5 expecting ladies from church that these will be perfect for as baby gifts. Making a total of 30 for future gifts as well. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  19. Rosemary says:

    Your link to where you buy the wooden rings is not working. My daughter, who’s expected in May, is very concerned about toxins. Are these wooden rings free of toxins?

    1. Ashley says:

      Hmmm….the link is working for me, but I did notice this one is sold out. I found another similar ring here, that’s slightly smaller, but should work: https://amzn.to/2lWcX1j

      Also, these are made from untreated wood, just sanded down very smooth. Best of luck!

  20. Rachel Chamberlain says:

    I love this! Bring on all the baby boy tutorials! Mine is due in June. ?

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yay…..congrats to you!!!! I do have several more coming……just have a bit more editing to do!!! :)

  21. marlene welch says:

    Thanks so great I love them makes me want a little one, ha ha (I’m 68) Marlene

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha, I love it! I hope you have some grandbabies or grand nieces/nephews to love on!! If not, come borrow mine! :)

  22. swetha says:

    Great easy baby gift!

    Warmest regards to Oliver. Hope he gets well soon!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Swetha!!

  23. cindy says:

    Is the wood treated with anything? Is it safe for little mouths?

    1. Ashley says:

      It’s untreated wood without anything on it. Just sanded down really smooth.

  24. Tamara says:

    so sweet but are these functional can you use them what about splinters
    thank you

    1. Ashley says:

      Absolutely! A lot of toy makers are making natural wood toys that are unfinished hardwood, that are safe for chewing….and these rings are no different. They are very smooth and very hard. I guess just like any toy, or even your baby’s crib, it’s best to keep an eye on what your baby is chewing on and if their teeth are so sharp and are cutting through the wood, it would probably be best to make adjustments. Best of luck!

  25. Tara says:

    Love these!! Thank you. These will be perfect in my daughters Easter basket!! She turns 6 months on Easter. Thanks for the tag for gifting too. You are super. Just figured I would ask, we can remove the ears and throw them in the wash, right?

    1. Katie says:

      I don’t see why not, it’s all washable material :)

    2. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, you could definitely throw the fabric ears in the washer! I would detach from the ring first though. But even the wood could be washed by hand with a mild non-toxic soap if it got dirty or excess slobber….but then be sure it dries completely before re-attaching the ears. Good luck!

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