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« on: March 03, 2010 11:30:06 AM »

Hi, there, I finally got the courage to post again. I realized I had the pics uploaded but have never post the topic.



I did this sling almost 3 years ago - it was the very very first thing I did after my 1.DD was born (she was one of those no-sleep baby (and still is - just not a baby anymore Wink). She never slept unless cuddling in arms and even than it was in 10 minutes intervals Tongue. Well, we survived Grin.

But the first and only time when she was sleeping for 3 hours straight was after the TBC vaccination (other vaccinations didn't have that effect). I was tired like hell but I was also starved of crafts and I really needed a sling since we live in the 3rd floor with no elevator... Best spend 3 hours ever! This sling saved our lives! She fell asleep when we put her in! Everytime she was tired, this worked like magic! Of course she usually didn't tolerate being put in the bed after she fell asleep but at least she slept and was happy in sling:)

Ok, onto the pics: here is that same sling still in use for my second DD - she loved it as well but she usually didn't fall asleep in it.



We liked it the best from all of the slings that I made - it was perfect for the home-use where you handle baby a lot - put her in and out all the time and so on... Really easy to put on an off, to put the baby in,... We took it everywhere, literally.



How do you like it?

Link to tutorial on page 2:
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2010 11:42:05 AM »

It looks very handy. I wish I had one of those when my five where little.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010 11:46:33 AM »

Great idea - did you use a pattern?  if so can you share the name of the pattern or where you got it.  This is just what I am looking for my soon to be bundle of joy.

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010 11:53:02 AM »

The sling is cool.
THE BABY IS ADORABLE!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010 11:53:40 AM »

I love baby carriers (I have a long wrap and a ring sling) and this one looks fab! Good work. (and am also curious about the pattern you used  Wink)
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010 12:02:57 PM »

The sling is cool.
THE BABY IS ADORABLE!!!!!

no, that baby is not adorable....that baby is GORGEOUS!

Seriously.
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2010 12:03:26 PM »

Great Job!  And I can tell it worked well Smiley  I didn't have the courage to make one for myself and ended up receiving a wrap sling as a gift, so there went my motivation.  But, I found the wrap sling clumsy sometimes, and want to try a "pouch" type of sling for my 2nd...I will be keeping an eye out for the pattern if you decide to share.  Again, excellent work!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2010 01:36:18 PM »

OMG adorable baby!!!!! 

I'm expecting and am going to be baby-wearing...I've been kicking the idea of sewing my own sling around for awhile.  Did you use a pattern?  Yours looks awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2010 03:13:34 PM »

This is so awesome! My first is due April 19th and I WANT this! I, like the other posters, would LOVE a pattern or tutorial.  My husband would even use this!

I rocked this, and will be bookmarking it in case you do post a pattern.

And, let it not go without saying that your kid is flawless!
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2010 01:00:49 AM »

Thanks for the responce, everyone! The pattern is originally from Sew and go baby but I altered it a bit. If here will be a lot of interest I could make a tute since I have to do anotherone soon.

It really is the most handy sling there is. We used it every single day of the last 2,5 years Grin (our girls are less than 1,5 year apart). When the baby is small you can carry her around for the whole day wihtout too much trouble - because the weight is distributed through the back and not only on the shoulder. But when the baby gets heavy it gets more difficult and than a wrap is more sutitable for long walks. But this one still beats it in the house while cooking Cheesy.

It's really comfortable for the baby due to the good pattern and soft brushed flanell on the inside. The babies can be in their fetus position if they feel like sleeping or sit up and look around if they are curious. I have a feeling they really feel safe in it. Every baby really calmed if I put her/him in it - I tried it on many babies Wink.
My friend bought a sling but it didn't work for her son and I tried it as well with my second dd (the one on this photos). She started screaming when I put her in it! So it really is true that slings are not at all alike! Some are good and some are just not working for some babies/mothers. I tried this sling with her son and he really liked it - though he was wiht me and not with his mom. Shocked

I didn't like the ring kind but that is probabbly because I couldn't find rings of the right size. I'll order some online if/when we make another baby Grin (they are so cute it's hard to stop - though a bit of pause now - our babies are gourges (in our opinion, of course) but my pregnancies are far far away from that - they are pure suffer;D)

crafty canadian, my beloved "male" carried both our kids a lot - in tnis and other slings (that among other reasons is why I love him so - he really is the best dad there is). Accually he liked it so much that I decided to make another bigger version of the puch sling for him! It's made from zebra striped fabric and lined with soft natural calico. You wanna see thatone, too?
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2010 01:06:32 AM »

It looks very handy. I wish I had one of those when my five where little.

Keep the idea for the grandkids - your kids will be thankful Cheesy. I made one of this for a friend and anohterone for my neighbour - and she used it everyday as well - for the last 10 month! Grin She was so thankful that I couldn't belive! But her baby is like mine were - cried if put down so had to be carried around all the time. it really made a difference - even we heard - or better didn't hear anymore Wink (we live in an old block where you can hear everything your neighbours are doing if you care to listen Grin).
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2010 01:12:13 AM »

And, let it not go without saying that your kid is flawless!
She could sleep a bit more but apart from that you're quite right Grin Cheesy.
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2010 03:01:37 AM »

I researched how to make pouch slings when I was pregnant but never got around to it.  I bought one instead.  I really do love using it and I think Wren does too.

The best tut/pattern I found was on Karma Baby:  http://www.mykarmababy.com/pages/BabySlingPattern.php

Hope that helps those of you looking for a tut/pattern Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2010 03:14:11 AM »

I looked at the tute and it is nice (I love the fabric:)) but I made mine differently and the pattern is also different.
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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2010 09:39:45 AM »

My girlfriend is having another baby this summer. I would really like to make her a sling because she already has a 1 year old! She's going to be a busy mama!!! I really like the style of sling you made and was wondering if you would be willing to share some tips and tricks.

Your babies are both beautiful BTW Wink
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2010 12:45:07 PM »

Thanks for the responce, everyone! The pattern is originally from Sew and go baby but I altered it a bit. If here will be a lot of interest I could make a tute since I have to do anotherone soon.

Yes Yes!  There's a lot of interest! (Well, from me at least...)


crafty canadian, my beloved "male" carried both our kids a lot - in tnis and other slings (that among other reasons is why I love him so - he really is the best dad there is). Accually he liked it so much that I decided to make another bigger version of the puch sling for him! It's made from zebra striped fabric and lined with soft natural calico. You wanna see thatone, too?

I'd love to see your significant male's sling too! I can see a version for my husband in Toronto Maple Leafs fabric or something.  He'd love it!
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2010 10:01:42 AM »

Me Too!  I would love to have a tute -- I have five kids, and use my homemade Moby wrap pretty frequently, but it's darn hard to get the kid in and out.  Yours looks so convenient!
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2010 01:59:21 AM »

I'll make a tute as soon as we manage to convince our camera to cooperate Grin. So have some patience, please because I don't know wether it'll have to visit a camera-doctor;)
In the meanwhile you can look at the winter sling variety here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340583.0
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2010 04:40:12 AM »

Here is the long-promised tut for this kind of sling:

from this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340068.msg3940960#msg3940960

Materials:
- 1,8-2 meters (70-78 in) of sturdy cotton canvas or denim
- 1,8-2 meters (70-78 in) of soft natural fiber fabric (make sure it's natural fiber, no synthetics if you make it for a baby) - brushed flannel works very well, but other cotton or natural fibers would work as well
- matching or contrasting thread
- sewing machine
- paper template
- pins, needles for machine, tape measure, fabric scissors,...


First make a paper template for the pattern that looks something like this:


Consider your height and overall size (taller and curvaceous people need longer length and bigger babies might be more comfortable in a bit wider sling). It can also be helpful to measure yourself: you take a string and put it like it was sling - across one shoulder and all the way around the back and front to form a closed loop - than you measure it.
I made my sling (seen in the upper photos) a medium length -  185 cm/73 in - but bare in mind that you only need half for the pattern as you'll put the fabric on fold to make it symmetrical. I am 168 cm tall (66 in) and more on the skinny side - normal weight (54 kg/119 pounds) so you get the picture. For my "Male" I made the pattern 2 in longer (he is 185 cm and 80 kg) and for my friend I made a  pattern 1 in shorter (that makes the sling 2 in shorter as you put the pattern on fold).
Here are the measurements that I have - I photoed the fabric because you can see it better as it's darker than the paper template - but they are both the same:
length - this one is for a friend who is shorter (less than 165 cm/65 in tall) so the pattern is 71-71 in long:


width - mine is 21,5 in and it fits newborn up to 1 year an more (I still can carry my 15 month old dd in it - but she's skinny - weights only 9 kg (20 pounds):


Notice that the upper part (where the fold is) isn't as wide as the bottom part. I'll check at home how wide I make it.

Once you decide on the length and the bottom width, make a gentile curve on the wide side - mine is 5,5 in deep:


Next you will need about 1,8-2 meters (70-78 in) of 2 different kinds of fabrics. If you're making a sling for a baby, specially if you're making it for a newborn I'd suggest you take brushed 100% cotton flannel for the inside - it's very cosy, doesn't irritate skin is soft and babies like it.

For the outside you'll need a REALLY STURDY fabric - I used tightly woven cotton canvas for the one on the upper pics and jeans (non stretch!) for the winter sling I posted in a different thread.

Note: for baby I use the heavy weight fabric on the outside and the soft light weight fabric on the inside but for the tut I was making a sling for a dog so I used the canvas on the inside so his claws wouldn't tear the sling apart and than I put a pretty lightweight fabric on the outside so the sling wouldn't be too heavy. Normally I'd turn I'd do vice versa.

Fold the fabric and put the pattern on with its straight edge on fold. Now draw around it with chalk if using dark fabric or simply with pencil if you're using light colored fabric. If your fabric slips and your pattern tends to move around you can weight it to the position using different heavy object (like tape stand;)


Cut it out:


This is what you'll get:


Repeat for the other fabric:


So now you have cut the outside and the inside fabric so you have two identical pieces twice as big as the pattern.

Good. Let's sew them together, won't we?

Just put the rights sides together (facing one another) and sew all around your sling with a straight stitch. Here you can see it pined, prepared to be stitched together:


Leave an opening large enough so you can turn the sling right side out - about 7 in should do. Leave a gap at the center (yes, it's better to be in the center - safer and nicer as it will get covered)


You get this (it's still wrong side out):


Next you secure your seam with a wide zig-zag:


Turn right side out:


and iron it (don't skip the ironing it will make next 2 steps much easier!) - you get something like that:


Now fold the sling  in half crosswise with its outside together (inwards) so that you match the two curved ends and pin them together:

Here I'm just showing you the end of the curve with the outside fabric on the inside:


Now pick the triple secure stitch and make sure you use a very strong thread (polyester is the best) as this seam will hold the baby so you really don't want it to be weak. Here is the stitch I use - it sews 3 times (forward, backward and another forward) for each stitch.


Make sure you use a wide seam allowance here - at least 1/2 in  - but that's minimum and suitable for people with good sewing skills. If you are newbie in sewing you take 3/4 minimum but 1 in would be better;)


Now stitch another regular straight stitch next to it (about 1/8 in apart) for security.

Open the seam and iron it again - this is done the easiest by using one of those ironing pillows (mine is homemade, instructions on burda site):



Now that you have the open seam - pin both sides of seam allowances like this:


Stitch both seam allowances down so the seam lies as flat as possible. This can be a bit fiddly and that's why I suggested you take big enough seam allowance in the previous step - it's much easier with big s.all.


When you reach the end you just follow the edge and stitch it down as you go:


Basically your sling would be useful now but it still needs a bit work to make it really great to wear:


Ok, now topstitch both edges of the sling using normal straight stitch, starting and stopping at the top where the fold was. I use the width of my foot for the seam allowance guide:


When you reach the cross seam at the bottom go back and forth for reinforcement:


Now it's just one final step: take your sling ant lay it flat on a hard surface so you can mark your middle - I do that by running my fingernail across the fold.


Now open the sling and fold the top part so that you can mark that fold as well.


This is how your marks will look on the underside - just a cross of pleats:


Now just fold the two sides to the middle so they touch eachother and aline the midlle parts of left and right side.


Pin the sides together so that the edges touch:


Sew with a wide shord zig-zag stitch a seam about 7 in long. It can be longer or shorter depending on your liking. If you make it longer the sling will be a bit more closed and if you make it shorter the pleats will be looser so it would be easier for you to put the baby in and out but it will be a bit less closed - I prefer it more closed because I have more secure feeling that she can't fall anywhere;) I guess it's just feeling but make it so you'll be comfortable.

This keeps the upper part padded and narower and makes a pouch more closed so the baby doesn't fall out.

Voila, you're done! Here is the sling hanging on the hanger in a crowded wardrobe of ours Grin:


I'll put more pics for the last part as soon as I can get my pics uploaded (I have some problems with that and we're trying to figure it out so please bare with me). I still wanted to at least write it because this might take a while and I promised this tute and I like to keep my promises;)


Now I just have to find the pics of the final reslut in action;)

If any of you make it, please let me know, I'd love to see the results!
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2010 06:32:36 AM »

Thanks so much for posting this!   Grin Grin
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010 08:14:38 AM »

Wow!!  Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed tutorial (and for all of the photos, too!).

I'm definitely bookmarking this for future baby.sweets4evers!
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2010 08:15:29 AM »

sweet! thanks for posting this! I now know what I'm going to be making with the 3 meters of Ikea fabric I bought with no plan!  Hopefully I actually take the time to do it!  It looks rather quick!
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2010 08:41:14 AM »

It is quick -  it takes you 2-3 hours of work, depending on skill, fabric, already made pattern,...

This is my very very first tutorial ever and I'm really not that self confident in my English explanations (I can explain in my language but I don't know how well does it come out in my English...) so I wanted to make a good photo base Smiley.

If you have any questions or critics please let me know - it's the only way I can get better...
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« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2010 11:45:03 AM »

ARE YOU KIDDING, I was just reading this and though I don't need one I may have to make one because you explained it so well. This is my top tute for craftster.
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« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2010 08:15:21 AM »

ARE YOU KIDDING, I was just reading this and though I don't need one I may have to make one because you explained it so well. This is my top tute for craftster.

I totally agree!
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« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2010 05:42:56 AM »

Thanks for the great tutorial. 

I may need to use this for baby gifts.
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« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2010 05:32:56 PM »

Thank you so much for sharing this! My BFF is prego with a very long awaited little one she will be getting one soon Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2010 09:53:25 AM »

Cute- I make them with 2 layers of quilters cotton and a french seam where the curve is, and its plenty strong enough even for my 3yr old!

I dont understand the last steps though, why are you sewing it part closed?  What is the purpose of that?  (I've never seen one sewn closed like that, 'hotslings' and the like don't have any bits sewn shut)
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« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2010 03:04:58 AM »

The purpose is to minimize the shoulder width - so it rests on your shoulder in it's width and it's still enough fabric downwards so that baby is comfortably and securely inside. Also this makes the sling more closed so it's less likely for a baby to fall out if you lean a lot.
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