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- 2 1/2 Yards Knit Fabric
- (2) 3 1/2″ Rings
- Matching Thread
A few notes on supplies. I use knit fabric because it doesn’t have to be hemmed. You can cut it and it won’t fray. This equals a whole lot less sewing. Plus it has a some stretch which is helpful for holding baby snugly, but comfortable. I have heard from other baby wearers that do not believe in using knit fabrics. They do have a point, but I don’t believe that knit should be ruled out completely. Make sure when choosing your knit fabric that it does not have a crazy amount of stretch. You want to find one that is close to cotton as possible. Think of the fabric used in a moby wrap, it’s a cotton that has just the tiniest bit of stretch.
Also, I order the large aluminum rings from SlingRings.com for most of the slings. I do use the plastic rings, also from Sling Rings, for the slings made to go in the water. That’s right. You can make a sling out of swim suit material!!! How awesome is that!? Anyways, I use the plastic rings since they would be getting wet. I’m sure the aluminum would be fine, I just prefer the plastic knowing they will be fine when wet. Just make sure that the rings your are purchasing were made and tested for baby wearing. DO NOT purchase craft rings from the store. These could break and that would be very dangerous.
On to the steps!!
Lay your fabric out on the floor. You will need quite a bit of floor space. Smooth out the fabric so that there aren’t any wrinkles. If necessary cut off the edge of the fabric if there is any type of printing or a white edge. Because you are using a knit fabric there isn’t any need to hem the fabric because it will just roll in and won’t fray! I love knit fabric!
Fold your fabric in half, lengthwise.
Take both edges and fold them to the center, equally.
If you are right handed you want the open edge to be on your left at this point, and the opposite if you are left handed. This is important for how it will open as you wear it. All the tutorials that I found had you fold it in half again but I found this way to work better. The way that this is folded will keep the padding flat on your shoulder and allow the sling to open cleanly across your back and thread nicely through the rings. You want the opening to be facing up as it comes under your arm so you have a pocket to put your baby in. This special way of folding keeps the sling from getting twisted.
Slide the rings on to the fabric.
Slide the rings about 6 to 12 inches down the fabric and fold over. You want to allow ample room for the padding to rest on your shoulder. Pin in place.
Using a coordinating thread color, sew two lines, zigzag, across the sling. Try to keep the line as straight as possible, especially if you have a graphic pattern like this chevron. As you can see, my line was a little wonky. Make sure to reinforce the stitching at the beginning and end of the line. Since creating this tutorial I have found that sewing three lines for reinforcement makes for a safer sling. Sew two lines side by side and then place the third overlapping the first too. That makes for a super secure sling!
And that’s it!! You have made your sling! How cool and easy was that!?!
I have also included a video showing how to thread and wear the ring sling and put your baby in it. Be nice, it’s my first video and I now realize my laptop camera is crap so I will be using my camera (or husbands ipad) to record all future videos!!
**Note: I have had a few comments about where the ring is resting in the video. It is important that the ring rest up near your shoulder, around where you might pin a corsage.
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