Fabric Teething Rings

Fabric Teething Rings

Fabric Teething rings are great for babies without teeth. The fabric not only helps them during the pre-teething stage but different fabrics can provide different stimulation for the little ones. Use Organic Fabrics with Organic Filling for a DIY Organic Teething Ring.

What you need

Strips of fabric
Sewing machine
Needle and thread
Straight pins
Pencil or skewer
Poly-fill
Matching ribbon
Fusible
Iron
Measuring tape
Scissors

Instructions

Cut at least three pieces of fabric to 10.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

Fold the pieces with the right sides in length-wise.  Pin all the edges evenly.

Sew along the length with a ¼ inch seam allowance removing the pins as you sew. Stop about ¼ inch from the end of the fabric. You now have a tube. Sew the end of the tube closed. Repeat for each tube.

Use the pencil or skewer to turn the tube right side out. Repeat for each of the tubes.

Hold the tube with one hand and stuff the tube with poly-fill. Fill the tube about ½ inch from the top. Repeat for each tube.

Take the first tube, bend it around and tuck the closed end into the open end of the tube to make a ring.

Sew the end closed and sew around the ring where one end meets the other.

Insert the next tube into the first ring and sew it the same way. Repeat with the rest of the tubes.

Cut six inches of ribbon (or 2 inches per ring) and use the iron to adhere an iron-on adhesive.

Cut the ribbon into three pieces and use the iron to attach it to the point on the ring that was sewn together.

Fabric Teething Rings



What you need

2.25” x 16” scrap of any thin, flowing material such as silk or organdy
Needle and thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Scissors
Adjustable ring base with large glue pad
E-6000 glue or similar
Iron
Safety pin to turn tube

Instructions

This Jewelry Making tutorial shows you how to make a rosette ring. 
 
Cut a 2 1/4” x 16” strip of a thin, flowing fabric such as silk. 
  
 
 
Make a tube by folding the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. 
 
 
 
 
Sew down the long side, staying  ¼” from raw edges. 
 
Trim threads close to the fabric.
This is what you should have so far: 
 
  
 
Use a large safety pin to turn the tube inside out:
Push the point of the pin through the fabric from INSIDE the tube
 and fasten the pin. Be sure to only catch ONE layer. 
 
 
 
Push the bottom end of the pin through the tube. 
 
 
 
Scrunch the fabric until the end of the pin is visible.
 
 
 
Hold the pin firmly in one hand while pinching and pulling
the fabric away from the pin with the other. 
 
 
 
Keep pulling until the tube is turned inside out. Remove the safety pin. 
 
 
 
 
Cut off 4” from the end with the raw edge (the one that you didn’t turn under). 
 
 
 
 
Tie a knot in the middle of the short tube to make the center and temporary “stem” of your flower. 
 
 
At this point, so that it will be easy to see what to do during the construction of the rosette, the photos will show a flower being made with different-colored fabrics. 
The center (made from the short piece) is red. 
The longer yellow piece will become the ruffle that forms the rose.
I’m using black thread so you can see it easily, but you should use matching thread.
 
 
Thread a needle with doubled matching thread, and sew around the “stem” several times to define the knot. Put aside. 
 
        
 
*Set the longest straight stitch on your machine.
 
 
 
Press the long tube. The seam should be along one edge. 
Stitch at 1/4" from the sewn edge. Leave long tails of thread for pulling. 
 
       
 
Insert a pin on one end of the tube. 
Wrap the long tails of thread on that end around the pin several times so they’re secure.
 
 
 
Pull one of the long threads from the end without the pin.
 
 
 
Slide the fabric along the thread as you’re pulling to gather it up toward the pin end. 
 
 
 You can use your fingers to move the ruffled fabric toward the pin at the other end.
 Pull the thread very gently (so it doesn’t break!) and keep sliding until the entire length of fabric is ruffled. It will twist, but that’s okay. 
 
 
 
 
Beginning at the end you turned under, wrap the gathered strip around the knot one time.  Stitch in place. Be careful not to put stitches down on the “stem,” since you will cut it off shortly. 
 
 
 
 
Continue winding and stitching the gathered fabric around the flower, adjusting gathers as needed, until you get close to the unfinished edge. 
 
 
With the point of your scissors, tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the tube to make a neat fold.
 
     
 
Stitch closed the edge you just made, 
then continue to stitch the flower to the stem.  
Tie off and knot your thread, being sure to hide the knot. 
 
           
 
Trim the stem as closely to the flower as possible, 
being careful not to cut any part of the flower itself. 
       
 
   
 
Apply your glue (I used E-6000) to the raw edges of fabric where you just cut the stem off. 
 
 
 
Attach the rosette to the ring base.  
Press the base onto the rosette to work the glue down into the fabric.
Make sure the base is on straight. 
 
 
 
 
Place your flower ring upside down somewhere it can stay undisturbed overnight.
    
 
The glue is cured after 24 hours and your ring is ready to wear! 
 
       
 
Alternate center idea: Instead of a knot, fold the 4” section over and sew the rosette on around it. Glue a gem or sew a button in the center.
 
 
       
 
 
 

Comments

  1. Lori Strout says

    I made these but instead of poly-fill I used a soft cotton rope to go inside and wrapped the rope with felted batting like warm and white worked great and no loose fluff to stuff.

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