Now that we have this ultra-fast growing human in our home, the question comes up…what to do with old baby clothes? There are so many outfits with cute patterns and soft fabrics that were hardly worn. The stash of too small baby clothes is growing as quickly as this little boy and I’ve decided to only keep the super special outfits (like my baby’s first PJs). These will be used in the baby book or tucked away just because I want to keep that special feeling. And some of the almost new baby clothing will be upcycled into something new like a teething ring.
My first baby clothes refashion project…
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DIY Teething Ring Made from Old Baby Clothes
These DIY teething rings are fairly simple to make. I chose to insert a layer of plastic from a cereal bag to add that crinkle that babies seem to love.
- organic wooden teething rings
- old baby clothes
- paper template (make your own or here’s a good one)
- optional: plastic from a cereal or chip bag
Print the teething ring template. Add an extra 1/2″ to the end of the template marked FOLD. Cut out the pattern.
Layout the pattern on the baby PJs, bodysuits, or whatever outfit you’re upcycling. Cut out 4 pieces (vs the 2 pieces noted on the template).
Lay two pieces right-sides together and stitch the ends together to create one long piece. Repeat for the other 2 pieces.
Stack the now long pieces right-sides together. If you’re adding plastic to create a crinkle toy, layer plastic, fabric, fabric.
Following the template’s instructions, pin and sew around the perimeter leaving an opening for turning.
Turn the fabric right-sides out. If you added plastic the plastic should now be on the inside between the two fabric layers.
Fold in the opening. For extra credit, press. If you added plastic, I recommend against pressing to avoid burning the plastic.
Top stitch around the perimeter.
Loop and knot the DIY Teether Ring fabric onto a wooden teether ring.
That’s it! Now hand it over to a teething baby and enjoy watching them munch on their newly handmade toy. :)
My son absolutely loves these new DIY teething rings and I get to enjoy watching him play while also holding onto the memory of his little outfits.
Have you refashioned any baby clothes into something new? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.