Monday, November 19, 2007

Baby Sling--The finished product

I appreciate everyone's advice and input about the baby sling. I made it and I couldn't have done it without your help. It actually works great and I'm very pleased with the final result. Here's a picture:



and a close-up to see the colors better.


I sorta combined a few different ideas to come up with the sling, so for anyone interested in making a similar one I'll tell you about it below. (If you're not interested in making a sling you can probably stop reading now).

I used the pattern linked to me by Sarah (friend of the Foxes--Thanks Sarah!) from mykarmababy.com--here is the link to the pattern (it's hard to find on their site). This is the same basic pattern as some other sling making sites, but I thought those directions were the most straight forward and easy to follow. Also, Azucar mentioned that her Hotsling has a padded edge so that it doesn't cut into baby's leg. Great idea. So I used some extra quilt batting, rolled it up and sewed it into the bottom hem--it's about an inch and a half thick. Worked like a charm.

Now lets talk about fabric . . . I really liked the dual fabric combos of the slings from Pujbaby. (pictured below).

I also knew the second I saw this picture that the fabric was from Amy Butler. The bottom portion of my sling (the gold color) is the same fabric as the bottom portion of the sling above, just in a different color. (I really wanted the red, but it was sold out and I didn't want to wait for an oline order or pay for shipping when the fabric is already a little more pricey than some). The top fabric of my sling is not Amy Butler, but looked great with it I thought. Also, as a side note, I would be careful about the fabric you choose because if it's not sturdy enough it's not going to hold a baby and that could be disastrous. The link on mykarmababy.com talks about fabric choice and I'd recommend that you read it. Anyway, I just had to sew these 2 fabrics together before starting the sling. That's about it. Thanks again for the input.

4 comments:

  1. It looks so great! You've inspired me, I should sew some for friends.

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  2. Aww...that is so neat! I'm glad Sarah hooked you up - she is very crafty and is always sewing something new. I love the fabrics, and I recognize one of the fabrics from the picture as one my friend just made some pillows out of. Now I know the name - Amy Butler. So fun, and that will come in so handy. I am sure I'll be making one of these for the next babe. Thanks presh - you always teach me something new!

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  3. I can't believe all the things you make...I wish I would've made better use of my spare time when I only had one child :) But then again, I'm not as crafty as you so I don't know what I would've made...I guess I could've atleast learned to make stuff-huh!

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  4. fantastic! I just bought a "wrap" for my infant. I am going to have to make one of these when he gets a bit bigger.

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