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« on: September 26, 2008 08:30:41 PM »

This is my first attempt. I've seen tons of them on here, and they looked easy enough, so I gave it a whirl, as baby's grown out of his sling.
I didn't use any patterns or tuts, as one look kind of explains it all....
This is made from burgundy faux-suede with black embroidery, black cotton broadcloth and heavyweight interfacing. I did envelope corners (I think that's what they're called?) and contrast stitched on top of the black only with red thread. The sleeping hood rolls up and buttons in, or can be put up and buttonned on for neck support. There was also a link for toys, but I melted it :S
I wish I had had more broadcloth available (I used fabric that I had in my stash) to make the straps wider. They are nice and long, but....

There are no action pics yet, but I am heading to the Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival tomorrow, and I hope to take some there Smiley

« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008 04:07:25 AM »


you didn't say though when you made it - are the straps attached to a separate piece of fabric that the pretty top fabric is over?  reason i ask is because if you simply turned and topstitched fabric with the straps in the corners held in by merely straight stitching then the child may break thru the carrier.

all of the (good) tuts will include instructions on the actual strength bearing layer. . ..

i just want you and your baby safe.  Smiley

wasn't it fun to make, though?  *grin* 

i just love my carrier, too.

mommy to 4yr old, yr old and 4 month old. . .

mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008 06:28:51 AM »

Yeah, I have it sewn into the interfacing. I made boxes and went over them six times, then x's in the boxes, over them 6 times, then sewn into the inner layer as well, zigzagged the heck out of it.
The burgundy is just a pretty layer overtop to hide all the ugliness of all that stitching... Smiley

It was a great, and I want to make more!
First up is one with wider straps, then I might try my hand at a matched set for my friend with twins. She finds it so much easier to babywear when there's twice as many to take care of.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008 04:03:40 PM »

I like the burgundy very pretty.

I know from my personal experience that I like the one that I added a little bit of fleece to in the shoulder straps it keeps it from digging and bunching. But my kids are also 2 & 3.

Check out my kids reupholstered recliner
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