Kids can escape from parents in the blink of an eye no matter how well you watch them. Don’t lose your child at a mall or event. Make a safety line between the two of you and you’ll keep up with your child always. There’s a simple way to make the leash or more complicated versions. One way to make it is to use a length of narrow strapping and place a piece of velcro at each end. Fold one end around the child’s wrist and fasten with velcro. Fold the other end around your own wrist. The problem with this design is that it doesn’t take long before the child figures out how to unfasten the wrist restraint.
You can make a similar leash that wraps around the child’s waist and fastens with velcro in the back. This is a little harder for the child to escape. Make sure you use quite a long piece of velcro to guarantee it stays put. Instead of the velcro, you can also use a snap or a clip. Simply sew a metal ring onto the strap and put a clip on the end of the tether. Put the clip on the ring after wrapping around the child’s waist.
A safer method of keeping up with the child is to make a harness-type of restraint. Cut two squares of fabric approximately 7″ X7″. Place the two pieces together with right sides facing each other and sew around, leaving a small opening for turning. Turn the pieces right side out and stitch shut. Pin the pad to the chest of the child and measure from the side edge to the center back. Cut two strap pieces, one to wrap around each side.
Stitch the pieces to the side edges of the front chest pad. Make one piece slightly longer to allow room for overlapping. Put a piece of velcro on each strap end for fastening. To keep the pad in place on the chest cut two more strap pieces. These pieces will go over the shoulders and attach to the waist strap in the back. Stitch the straps to the top portion of the chest pad. Sew velcro onto the ends of the straps and the adjoining velcro pieces to the back waist straps.
For a more finished look cut a slit in the stitching on the top edge of the chest pad and slip the straps inside then topstitch. Do the same to the sides where the straps attach. When placing the child in the harness simply slip it on over his head or hold it in place while strapping on the shoulder straps. Now wrap the waist straps around the child’s waist. For the tether cut a piece of strapping as long as you wish and sew it to the back waist strap. Stitch a piece of velcro onto the wrist piece to hold in place. You can use snaps or clips with loops in place of any of the velcro pieces if you so desire.For a more finished