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Topic: Thumb Guard! (with tute)  (Read 8362 times)
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landofoz
« on: June 09, 2010 01:52:39 PM »

My youngest DD is frequently sick thanks to her awful thumb sucking.  Embarrassed 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  Wink )  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:



Impressive, no?  

Okay, okay, they are super simple to make and I've included a super simple tute with pictures.

Step 1: Find the offending digit:  
Found it!!


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!!   Cheesy

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.


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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010 02:07:49 PM »

That's a really clever idea!
I was very lucky in that my daughter miraculously gave up thumb sucking at age 1. Hopefully she won't nurse forever though lol Grin
Great work and I hope it works Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2010 02:16:49 PM »

Watch out though, my mom did something similar with my sister (I think she cut the 4 fingers off a glove) and she just started sucking a different finger!  She was 10 before she quit!
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010 02:41:43 PM »

Ha ha, brilliant!  Hope it works Smiley  My DD didn't quit until she was 7 (same as me, which is why I wasn't too fussed). It gets a bit much after a while, and if she's getting sick then Tongue  You could sell these by the ton Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010 03:59:41 PM »


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.


...although it would solve the thumb-sucking problem... :p

What a cute solution and I bet it saved you a small fortune. Well done!
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010 07:45:54 PM »

Ugh, I remember looking at those thumb guards/finger guards when my littlest was still sucking his fingers at almost 4! He always sucked on his index and middle finger together - either hand - so there was really no way I could use something like that without taking away the use of both of his hands.  We ended up using some of that No Bite nail polish, and he kicked the habit in a week!
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010 08:29:16 PM »

I will be keeping this in mind for my little digit muncher.... She's just 5 months, but always has her fingers in there... I'm sure she'll figure the thumb out soon....   They are cute though!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010 06:20:20 AM »

You should reeeally stick googly eyes on these!
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2010 06:47:22 AM »

Great job!!

Although watch out she may end up liking the taste of the fabric...

(I was a thumb sucker until I was 8, what finally licked it you ask... my dentist made me call him every night for 2 weeks to tell him if I had sucked my thumb or not, for a shy little kid that did the trick.)
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2010 11:32:55 AM »

What an awesome solution!  My friends daughter is HUGE thumbsucker and we were trying to figure something out the other day.  I said I was going to make her a shirt with gloves attached so she couldn't suck either finger.  This is great will have to tell her about this. Thanks for sharing. Wink
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