DIY wrap

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DIY wrap

I saw the thread of all the beautiful carriers that have been made and I have a question (hopefully this all makes sense).

I almost bought a moby-like wrap just after christmas, it was a great sale price but with shipping not worth it and I needed to buy 2 to get free shipping. Anyway when researching reviews I found one that had a few bw gurus talking about how the fabric was not so safe and it was easy to get wear/tear. They mentioned they had been in talks with the company to improve it.

So that makes me wonder about DIY. If I decide to make a wrap so I have something for a few months before switching to something like the ergo is there a way to do this safely? I saw using cotton but still I imagine there are different qualities of cotton

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The easiest to make is a stretchy wrap. Just need 6 yards of jersey cotton. It has just enough stretch to be forgiving. You'll want the wrap to be at least 23" wide. Often you can buy 6 yards wide enough to cut in half lengthwise and get two wraps out of it. And the reason this is the easiest to make is that you don't need to sew or hem at all since it doesn't fray. The downside is like all stretchy wraps, somewhere around 15-20 pounds it's not nearly as comfortable due to the stretch factor.

If you want a woven you'll want fabric that doesn't stretch horizontally or vertically, but does have a slight give at a diagonal. Not stretchy at all, just some slight give if that makes sense. Definitely not quilter's fabric (if I'm remembering my terms right). The only fabric that I can remember right now that is said to make an excellent woven wrap is osnaburg. It only comes in a neutral color, but apparently takes dye great (though many have said that they've really liked the neutral color). Bit stiff at first, but with some breaking in it said to be very sturdy and floppy making it a great wrap from newborn through toddlerhood. Any woven you make will need to be hemmed.
I've made a DIY cotton gauze wrap before, but since I can't sew I used stitch witchery. And while great for newborns and hot weather I wasn't a fan of it because my son was over 15 pounds when I tried it. After I made it I learned that often times it's "outgrown" by 15-20 pounds. It was pretty though and I was able to practice a few carries with it that you can't do with a stretchy wrap.

Out of curiosity what wrap were you looking at?

When it comes to safety, ALL carriers should be tested first before use to make sure that it's not going to rip while in use. It's a bit nerve wrecking at first to give a yank on a beloved carrier, better for it to break that way rather than while your child is using it.

Joined: 01/16/07
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thanks for the info

it was wrap n wear, it must have been a boxing week sale or something it was I believe $25ish but shipping to Canada for 1 meant it was almost double.
found many great reviews but there were two that put doubt in my mind that I could (and possibly should) safely make my own if they were being neg about this one

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If you have any more questions or thoughts, post away!

I've looked up that brand. Seems like it's a very thin fabric, so it tends to show wear a lot faster than other stretchy wraps. Chances are any jersey cotton you find in a store would mostly be thicker. If you see some that appears extremely thin compared to others, pass on it, but mostly what you find will be safe. Smile

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The fabric I bought was organic jersey from fabric.com. It was 7.99/yard, and wide enough to cut in thirds to make a slightly narrower but still safe wrap. I bought two yards of fabric, cut it in thirds lengthwise, and sewed the pieces end to end with french seams (very safe) so that made it much cheaper than a storebought wrap, especially an organic one. If you don't sew at all, you have to buy 6 yards, but if you cut it into two wraps, that's still only $24/wrap and if you are willing to go down to 20" width, that's 3 wraps for $15.98 apiece. You can also buy non-organic jersey for much cheaper and it would be even less!

The fabric was really nice and thick, and while it's true that I didn't end up using it enough to REALLY test the wear factor, I would have been very surprised to find that it was a problem. It was also not the stretchiest jersey ever, which was actually a good thing in this case.