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« 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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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007 10:18:32 PM »

great job!  this is my favouritest baby carrier ever--so comfy, even for bigger kids.  i like the quilted bit, must feel cushy.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 07:52:41 AM »

SOoooo cute!(baby and the carrier!)[/size][/color]

« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007 07:54:40 AM »

that looks comfy! great job! thanks for posting the link to the tutorial. i'd love to make one of these if/when we have another baby.
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007 09:16:34 AM »

Let me join the chorus ... it is beautiful and snuggly looking too! Love the idea of adding the toy clip and pocket. I can see how that could really free you up to get out and go around!
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007 10:31:13 AM »

I just found this site and yours was the first post I've read. Your MT looks awesome I just wanted to make sure that you stitched the straps in with an X in a box or triple stitched them for safety. Also, the straps should be made from bottom weight fabric. I made a podegi and my straps were linen and ripped.

Good job mama.
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007 04:42:01 PM »

I love Mei Tais! I need to make dh a more manly one since the one he wears ds in is pink striped  Grin

I love yours! It looks great!!
« Reply #7 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
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2007 09:24:05 AM »

I adore my mei tai- and I just LOVE your changes!
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2007 06:27:21 PM »

Great job!!  I just finished my first one as well, but after two failed attempts at making a pleated, zippered (what was I thinking) pocket, I'd love to know how you did yours!  (I couldn't tell from the pics- does it open from the side?) 
« Reply #10 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.
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