My youngest DD is frequently sick thanks to her awful thumb sucking.
We have tried everything the dentist has suggested and even some online tricks but the girl is stubborn (gets it from her dad, I'm sure
) The dentist suggested a $70 plastic thumb guard thingy and the hamster inside my head came to a screeching halt on his wheel and squeaked, "you could make that and for a heck of a lot less, too!" So I dug out my scraps and voila! I give you my creation:
Okay, okay, they are super simple to make and I've included a super simple tute with pictures.
Step 1: Find the offending digit:
Trace around the offending digit and then let the owner of aforementioned digit run off and play/fight with her sister in another room. Ignore the scuffles from the other room, they are just "playing." Just eyeball it here and add a 1/4 seam allowance to the thumb tracing.
Now, take your custom shark fin -- I mean -- thumb tracing, and cut out 2 pieces. I'm lazy. I cut two pieces of fabric at the same time. Sometimes more...
Alrighty, my camera was not cooperative so here is the next two steps at once:
With the wrong side up, fold the bottom edge up about a quarter inch and sew it there. Then cut 2 piece of ribbon to about 9 inches (or call back the owner of the offending digit and wrap the ribbon around her wrist twice loosely, and cut with a little extra so you can tie it later) Place the ribbon on the center of the bottom part you just sewed and sew it onto the wrong side as well, go over it a couple times so
a desperate thumb sucker can't just yank it out later
it is sturdy.
Now, put your right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch from the edge. Be sure to back over your beginning and ending stitches.
I always fit it on the child before I turn it right side out 'cause sometimes my sewing skills are a bit too "creative."
Turn it right side out and viola!
My DD has 9 of these - one to match her shirt no matter what she's wearing and she LOVES to wear them. Hopefully we'll have this thumb sucking business licked by the end of the summer!
Hopefully this helps a few other desperate mommy's out there!! Please be sure you tie this loosely around your child's wrist--because remember, if it's too tight it can cut off the blood circulation and your child could loose their hand! And that would be bad, my friends. Very bad, indeed.