Happy Little One Series! I’m Sabra from Sew a Straight Line. As a mother of four, I’ve gone through my fair share of baby and toddler products. One item that seems to be the quintessential baby paraphernalia is the sippy cup. We have a cupboard full. Every kid-related activity we’ve ever attended has been littered with them. Sippy cups and little kids, they just go together. But they can get easily misplaced, mixed up, and lost in the sea of other sippys at playgroup, daycare, preschool, wherever. Sure you can write on them with a Sharpie, but why do that when you can make a reusable label band that can be transferred to other sippy cups as needed, used for more than one child, and hold any personal information you may want to include?
Oh, yeah, and they’re kind of cute and take, like, 10 minutes to make.
These labels fit every sippy cup in our cupboard. They would also work well on bottles, but you’ll most likely want to cut a shorter strip of elastic for those. Measure against your bottle first, to make sure.
-Elastic (there are a bunch of fun fold-over elastic prints out there now, I say you grab those. But any elastic will do, try to stick to 1/4 inch if you don’t go with fold-over)
-Thin, clear vinyl. 1/4 yard will make you a dozen or so labels.
Cut a rectangle of vinyl 2”x4”
Fold the long bottom edge up about 2/3 of the way
Fold the top long edge down, making a kind of envelope of the vinyl, with open ends
Sew 2 cm (3/4 inch) in down either end of the vinyl envelope
Sew a button hole at the end. *Since making and using these labels, I think it would be a good idea to reinforce this area with a small square of fabric slid into the envelope at the end*
Sew another stitch line on the outside end
Cut a strip of elastic about 6” long.
If you are using fold over elastic, fold it over and sew the open edge down
Slide one end of the elastic through one of the button holes.
Fold the end over onto the elastic and sew in place, in a box-shape
Pull the other end of the elastic through the other button hole and sew that in place. Be careful not to twist the elastic.
Now all you have to do is write your child’s name on a strip of paper (and any other information you may want: phone number, allergies, medical information, etc), then slide it into the vinyl envelope.
Cute, reusable, and to wash, you can just throw them in the washing machine and air dry (no hot dryer because of the vinyl)
Thanks so much for having me, Everyday Art readers! I’d love to show you more of what I’m sewing for myself and my kids over at Sew a Straight Line. I have tons of tutorials, patterns, and ideas for everyone in the family HERE, including some really fun baby items like these favorites:
And many more. Come check them out!