A little background on the idea. I thought about getting K a locket. Well, in fact, she has one, but I will not let her hold it, wear it or touch it. Why? Because she puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. Well, it's not as bad now as it was a few months ago, but still a lot of things go in her mouth. It's frightening. In fact, it's been an ordeal. Do you recognize this?
That is one of those snappy metal hair clips. That she swallowed. And immediately told me she swallowed. Another story, but I include this photo to illustrate the source of inspiration.
So working with the idea of a locket and how she could enjoy it without scary mommy moments, I decided to make one with fabric.
Here's what you need:
Matching-size (mine were about 9" x 12") pieces of:
- backing fabric
- facing fabric
- fusible interfacing
- thin scrap paper
Tiny bits of velcro
Scraps of ribbon
Any embellishments you like
Place the fusible interfacing between the wrong sides of your facing and backing fabrics, and iron those suckers together.
If you like, embroider a design on your backing fabric before or after fusing.
Place your vinyl on top of your facing fabric. Place your scrap paper on top of that. Pin this sandwich together at the corners where the pinholes won't show on your final pieces. Draw your locket shapes. Circle or oval or heart or whatever. I'd say at least two inches long. Any smaller and little fingers will have a tough time with it. Stitch the shapes with a straight stitch. A shorter stitch length will make the paper easier to remove. I used 2.0.
Stitch a tab of velcro to the top of each locket on the backing side.
Cut out your lockets, just outside of your stitches. No worries about fraying since the fusible interfacing will keep things under control. The scraps left over after you've cut the locket(s) are great for cutting little letters and shapes out of. Add 'em to the locket or to hair clips (not for my child, though!) or teeny tiny garlands.
Slide a straight pin into one of the stitching holes. Carefully push the edge of the pin against the paper to tear around the stitching. Using the pin to do this helps keep the stitches from loosening.
Use a straight pin to make a hole on one side of the vinyl large enough to get the tip of some small scissors into. Cut a crescent shape for getting photos (or rocks, or other treasures) in and out.
Attach the corresponding piece of velcro to a length of ribbon. I like folding the velcro in half and the ribbon end in half inside it. Nice and sturdy layering. Stitch these together and trim the extra away.
Stitch the other end of the ribbon to the locket. Come to think of it, I could've done this at the same time that I was attaching the velcro to the backing. Live and learn.
Add Martha. Admire. Laugh when your kid asks "Mama, who's dat?"
Wrap up for a kiddo whose cheeks you want to pinch.
I let K check it out for a photo shoot. Wouldn't you know it... in her mouth it goes. And that's why mommy made a pocket locket.
P.S. Assuming you wanted to know... apparently, the concern for an item like the hair clip is whether they choke on it. Once it's past the esophagus, the question is whether they pass other things through that are larger. If the answer is yes, you can stop panicking and start waiting to see it again. Exciting!