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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: old work jeans = baby's fancy new diaper (x-posted) on: September 30, 2007 05:12:00 PM
Very cute!
I was wondering about how is denim with absorbency?
I have made a few cloth diapers from old blankets, but it is all about experimenting at this point.
Nice work!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Mei Tai baby sling on: July 15, 2007 07:06:28 AM
Mine is just an open top patch-style pocket. I hemmed the top with the toy loop/key clip sewn into the hem, then turned under the rest of the edge and stitched it down to the outside of the outer body piece before sewing all the pieces together.
I would suggest moving it further up the body of the MT, mine is pretty low and her back presses right against it. So I could fit maybe one very flat envelope in there!
A side-zippered one would be very cool, but I have no idea how you would go about doing that, other than using an invisible-type zipper. I would love to see one! I'm sure it's do-able, I have a pouch sling with an integrated pocket like that, but I didn't make it.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Sushi Twirly Skirt Dress, with pics and action shot on: July 14, 2007 09:05:23 AM
That is too cute! And looks like a lot of fun for your dd to wear  Smiley I like the color combo, too, you did a great job.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Mei Tai baby sling on: July 14, 2007 09:02:05 AM
Yeah, the straps are triple-stitched: they are sewn into the main seam, then I did 2-3 rows of zig-zag overtop for strength. I think the straps are bottomweight, they are of a very tight-weave fabric, but I forgot to say if you make one of these, be sure to check your seams, straps, and fabric every time you put it on - just to be on the safe side. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: plaid Elvis pleats (lots o' pics) on: July 12, 2007 07:11:28 PM
I love it - you totally mixed those patterns very well. It's funky in a cute kinda way, and thanks for the tute on pleats.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: McCall's 5367-Infant Dress, hat and panties on: July 12, 2007 07:06:27 PM
Yeah, I love the fabric too - girly, but not toooo girly. Wonderful job! I am also wondering about the difficulty of the pattern, how long did it take you to make it?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mei Tai baby sling on: July 12, 2007 06:58:12 PM
This is my first post...so here goes....
I made a Mei Tai ("May Tie") for carrying my daughter around the house. She is about 5 mos. and sitting up now, and my baby bjorn and pouch slings have gotten just too heavy.
I loosely followed these directions: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/asian.html but made several changes to the design.

You can see my pictures of the project here since this website won't allow me to post pictures yet:







First, I added a pocket on the back with a key clip and toy loop. I made these from thin binding and pilfered the clip from an old camelbak.

Second, I had one continuous waist strap that goes through the entire bottom of the mei tai. I also pulled this from the old camelbak and wrapped it in batting, then fabric, to make a nice padded strap. Third, I made the inside from a quilted poly fabric, mostly b/c that was what I had, but also for extra comfort for baby.

And she seems to be comfy! You can use a Mei Tai for a front or back carry, and so far, both are pretty comfy.

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