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The DIY Photo Thread!

Have you made your own baby carrier? Share a picture here and tell us about it! :mrgreen:

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My only attempt at DIY. I have zero sewing skills, so this DIY wrap is cotton gauze wrap "hemmed" with stitch witchery. Lol

By the time I made this, Aiden was starting to get too big for it (cotton gauze is great for small babies, but not for 20 pounders!), so I started folding it in half and tying it in a rebozo.

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This is the first carrier I made. I had never actually seen a mai tai carrier IRL and didn't have a pattern or tutorial. I based it soley on picture I could find of mai tai carriers online. It functioned, but my mistake was using stretchy fabric so it only works with tiny babies.

Here is the second mai tai carrier I made. This one is made with 100% cotton and I used a tutorial I found online to make it. It works great and is great for bigger babies.

DD when I first made it.

DD more recently.

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Here is the ring sling I made. I plan to make more soon.

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Anna, you have some mad skillz to make a carrier without a pattern and just a picture! And it turned out great!

I made a ring sling, but I don't think I have any pictures of it.

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Pretty!

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Mei tai I made for me (modeling with stuffing while pregnant):

Mei tai I made for DH:

Moby-type wrap I made for DH:

Moby-type wrap I made for me:

Unfortunately my DD hated being carried upright, and we found the Moby-type wraps way too annoying (especially since after all that wrapping, she'd only put up with it for about five minutes anyway), so most of these got hardly any use. DH's mei tai was okay once she was old enough to not hate being carried upright, but by then we had better, more comfortable options, so we only used it a few times. Oh, well...maybe I can repurpose them, or pass them along. They were fun to make, anyway!

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Absolutely beautiful carriers Leigh! The taco stretchy is funny - never seen one quite like it before! Smile

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Thanks! Yeah, that was DH's request. I let him pick whatever he wanted so we'd have a carrier he would feel comfortable wearing! The pocket on his mei tai is made from one of his old t-shirts, too.

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I'm all about DIY but I don't even own a sewing machine. Wink I think I will leave baby carriers up others for now. I love seeing the pictures of what you all have made though. I bet you can save a lot of money by making one yourself.

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Those are great Leigh! I love it! What dimensions is your fabric for the wrap?

Here is another ring sling I made today. I know it looks like the previous one, but this one is single layered and more narrow (24"), where the first one is 30".


I forced DH to try it out.

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I still love those guitars. So modern! Smile (and totally OT, but try getting the rings higher and see if it feels better)

Glad you got a pic of your DH BWing. I love men BWing photos. :mrgreen:

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Those are great Leigh! I love it! What dimensions is your fabric for the wrap?

Gosh, it was so long ago I don't remember. I'll have to pull them out and measure! Maybe that will inspire me to do something with them anyway.

I love your guitars!

Kayla--the Moby type was actually no-sew. You can just get a few yards of jersey and cut it to the right size. I did end up sewing mine because I wanted organic jersey, which was more expensive, but by slicing it in thirds and sewing them end to end, I could buy less. Still...DIY wraps are not just for the seamstresses! Smile

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Gosh, it was so long ago I don't remember. I'll have to pull them out and measure! Maybe that will inspire me to do something with them anyway.

I love your guitars!

Kayla--the Moby type was actually no-sew. You can just get a few yards of jersey and cut it to the right size. I did end up sewing mine because I wanted organic jersey, which was more expensive, but by slicing it in thirds and sewing them end to end, I could buy less. Still...DIY wraps are not just for the seamstresses! Smile

I've heard that jersey fabric doesn't need to be hemmed! Good to have that confirmation. Smile

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I finished my mai tai today:


I just finished it about 2 hours ago after DD was asleep, so I'll have to test it with her tomorrow.

It's reversable. Yes, the guitars again, lol. I am currenly a bit limited on my fabric selection and I'm going with a guitar theme for DS's nursery, so I'll be using all of that fabric before this is all over.

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Reversible! Nice! I love the girly side. Biggrin

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OMG! I'm sooo impressed by this one lady. She seriously WOVE her own wrap at home!!! :eek:

Video: http://s184.photobucket.com/albums/x18/lorisuewho/?action=view&current=MOV04228.mp4

Her name is Rubicube on The Baby Wearer forums.
If you're a member of that site you can follow this link to her thread: http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/showthread.php?267810-Want-to-follow-along-as-I-weave-my-own-wrap-(Newborn-pics-added-436)

Talk about DIY, huh? Wink

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I also love the taco carrier Smile

I'm planning on making a ring sling - or two - next week. LO and I are taking a pleasure-trip to my parent's house for a week. I'm glad to have free hands to sew and access to my Mom's huge fabric stash!!!!

ETA: oops! I saw that Jan's slings from sleepingbaby.net had gotten good reviews in the "all about ring slings" thread! I'll post pics once I'm done!

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"sweetsriracha" wrote:

I also love the taco carrier Smile

I'm planning on making a ring sling - or two - next week. LO and I are taking a pleasure-trip to my parent's house for a week. I'm glad to have free hands to sew and access to my Mom's huge fabric stash!!!!

ETA: oops! I saw that Jan's slings from sleepingbaby.net had gotten good reviews in the "all about ring slings" thread! I'll post pics once I'm done!

Are you following her tut? I love that style of shoulder because it provides some padding which really helps the heavier DS has gotten. I wish I knew how to sew (my poor family tried their hardest with me! lol), but I'm a failure. For now. Ha ha.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Are you following her tut? I love that style of shoulder because it provides some padding which really helps the heavier DS has gotten. I wish I knew how to sew (my poor family tried their hardest with me! lol), but I'm a failure. For now. Ha ha.

I am going to follow her tutorial! It seems excellent, so if it doesn't turn out it will be clearly my fault Smile I'll be making two actually - one as a present for a girl on my BB, but she doesn't know it yet!

I'm also planning on making a riff on the Baby K'Tan - SO might cry if I buy another carrier this month (sound familiar?). I saw a friend wearing her 11-pound baby in a K'Tan and I loved it, but we also probably wouldn't get more than a few weeks of use before LO outgrew it. I'm still formulating details in my head, but I'm going to double-line it for a little more strength.