I would like to make my own....

Kendra - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Greetings all. I have a 3 week old baby boy who loves to be in mommys arms. Well, dude to me also having a 2 year old and a 15 month old in the house, my arms need to be attached to other bodies too. I would like to be able to make my own sling but i am not sure about the fabric, and yardage i need.

I like the slings that i can use with a ring, and without (the many different ways to wear the baby). Any suggestions? Thanks :)

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Sara - posted on 01/22/2009

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there are so many free patterns online, they are really easy to make i have made quite a few and now i'm working on a mei tai carrier, but i prefer the plain ol' baby sling, i feel the simple ones work the best.  the ones i make only use a yard and a half of fabric, it helps to measure from your shoulder to the opposit hip then double it, sew together with a slight curve (where the fabric meets), i like to use flannel, its softer and once its washed it doesnt shrink, good luck and i hope you enjoy making them as much as i do

Lindsey - posted on 01/21/2009

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http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=520...



 



I downloaded the package  that included every sling and I made 3 slings, and the covers.  You can purchase them individually or as a package but they are actually really easy to make.  THe moby wrap is a no-sew pattern, just 5 yds of fabric.    I actually bought 5 yds of 2 types of fabric and made lots of things... really simple and as expensive as just buying one!



And it tells you what type of fabric to get for each part (one slightly stretchy, one not so stretchy..)



Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 12/06/2008

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slingrings.com is the best place for rings :) They come in aluminum or nylon and a ton of colors. My older two girls are 1 year and 1 day apart. They're both such wonderful little mommies now. :)

Kendra - posted on 12/01/2008

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fun? huh? fun where? lol thanks ladies. its mor funny then anything. the big sister tries to breastfeed her brother. lol it never ends

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If you are going to make your own Ring Sling, be sure to buy rings specifically made for Slings. i can't think of the name of the main manufacturer right now, since I'm not a RS user. Rings you'll find made for other things like purses and curtains are not strong enough to keep your baby safe.

My opinion is that Pouch Slings are best, and TheBabyWearer.com has good links to instructions on how to make your own. I make my own with a bunch of extras, so if you need any advice, let me know. I use quilting fabric for mine, but two thicknesses of it, so it's strong by doubling.

Wraps are probably the easiest to make yourself, then it's just a matter of learning to use it.

Good Luck. I love do-it-yourself projects!

My kids are 14.5 mo apart too. Isn't it fun......... ;-)

Lalla - posted on 11/29/2008

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most cottons are great, you can use stretchier fabrics for newborns, but i stuck with cotton drill, as i wanted a long term one, as long as you feel that its thick enough to be strong enough (ive even seen people use a sarong, so i think most cottons should be ok)

and obviously, just check that its breathable.

if you make a wrap, you can use it as a sling down the track, if you check the conversations, ive posted a how to to threading it onto the rings to make a ring sling! good luck!

Kendra - posted on 11/22/2008

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I figured it would have to be sturdy. I dont like the way quilting fabric feels anyway. Too thin and flimsy. I have a few reams of fabric that are kind of stretchy but supportive. I dance and make all of my outfits so there is plenty of fabric to go around.

Em - posted on 11/22/2008

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Have you looked into the Do It Yourself forum on thebabywearer.com? There's a ton of great information over there and the mamas are super helpful.



You'll want to use a heavier-weight fabric, like what skirts and pants are made of, NOT quilting fabric. There was a recent discussion about this on the forum I mentioned above.

Emily - posted on 11/20/2008

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Be sure to check out Jan's "Convertible ring-wrap" at the link I posted earlier. :)

Kendra - posted on 11/20/2008

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Thanks! i guess what i was meaning to say is i am looking to make a wrap that can double as a sling (sling mostly for a free hand while feeding) :)

Emily - posted on 11/20/2008

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Personally, I prefer wraps for newborns, I think they make it a bit easier to handle other children while wearing a baby (I have three girls three and under - baby is already 11 months!

But slings are great too!! I've made all my baby carriers because I can't afford to buy any. slingrings.com is the place to buy good quality rings for babywearing. kellymom.com has some good links for making babycarriers, but my personal favorite for ring slings is http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/

Also, check out mobywrap.com to see all the awesome ways you can wear your baby in a wrap. :)

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