Learn how to make a DIY teething necklace with knit fabric and large wooden beads. It’s a great baby toy that also looks great!
I’ve reached the baby stage where I need a necklace or bracelet that is basically a baby toy.
It makes nursing easier because my baby has something to focus on other than her loud siblings in the background, and then I always have a toy no matter where I am to keep her happy. I decided to make my own teething necklace.
I wanted wood beads because I think wood is so pretty, and I’m kind into wood at the moment. I was worried about what kind of wood beads to get because I didn’t want any chemicals to get into my baby’s mouth. I decided to get a wood bead teething toy because it’s made to put in babies mouths. I found this Baby Bead Wood Rattle* and cut it apart to use the beads just like these.
Teething Necklace Tutorial
1. I cut the elastic that connected all the beads. The holes don’t go all the way through. Instead it’s two holes connected at a right angle. This made it a little hard to thread anything through, but I made it work. I would use a long needle to push the fabric into one hole and use the same needle to pick at the fabric to pull the fabric out of the hole.
2. I separated the beads into three different piles by matching up the colors of the beads since each bead was slightly different.
3. I cut strips of cotton lycra jersey 3/4″ wide by the length that I wanted for my necklace. Remember that the fabric stretches! I made a navy and white striped necklace with really light beads, a mint necklace with medium beads, and a gray necklace with medium beads.
4. I tied knots in between every bead and at the end. I also closed the necklace with a knot.
This is the best necklace. It doesn’t hurt when little hands pull on it because it’s soft and stretchy.
When I take it off so my baby can play with it, I can bounce it and it rattles. It’s great, and it actually helps me remember to put on jewelry because it doubles as a toy.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!