Monday, April 1, 2013

adventures in baby wearing: trial sewing

I like the idea of swaddling and wearing a newborn, but after eying up what a baby wrap is and the cost, I found myself wondering: can I make that? Or rather, can I make that and have it be safe enough to carry a baby?


The answer? Yes.

Above is my trial attempt at making a baby wearing wrap. It was not only easy, but quick to make. And yes, for those of you in the know, that is Beavie (the much loved and overly abused Teddy Bear of my youth... suffice to say his view these days isn't what it used to be). 

What I was most surprised about was the fact that it was surprisingly sturdy and secure feeling.

How did I make it? Simple really...

I cut 2 pieces of leftover jersey, both 6 feet long x 24 inches wide and sewed them together. I was worried about strain on the center, so I sewed the pieces together with an insane amount of reinforcement. In typical Marya sewing style, I refused to worry about straight line, so I sewed things crookedly on purpose.

Ironically, I sewed the pieces together with a ton of reinforcement, but the center piece actually falls in a place that doesn't get strain.

The other thing that I did was to trim the ends into a half diamonds, which means that there's less material to knot together, which makes for smoother tying off. Overall, the project was a success and I'd use the wrap if it weren't for the fact that the center reinforcement stitching is really obvious (what can I say, I was too lazy to change the thread colour).

So now that I've made my own trial attempt, I'm off to make my official baby wearing wrap!

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