I’m not shy about my love for baby carriers as evidenced here, here, and here. They are just fantastic for people with little ones to keep close while also giving you the freedom to get things done. I’ve spent many hours with my niece in a pouch sling working, sewing, shopping and more. My friends and I had our monthly craft day this past weekend and I helped two of them make their own slings. I figured I should share the how to’s with you all since they are so easy, cheap and of course useful (plus that way next time I want to make someone one it’s all written up and I don’t have to think as hard haha).
What You Need
- 2 pieces of woven (non-stretchy) fabric 56 x 22(ish) inches (for people who wear size small to medium shirts)
If you buy two yards of each fabric or you’ll have enough to make two carriers. Or if you want the outside and inside to be the same two yards of one fabric will do. Or you can do what my friends did and pick up 2 one yard pieces of two different fabrics then cut the fabric in half and sew the ends together to get the length. I always do it 56 by half the width of my fabric and since I like to use quilting cottons that usually is 56 x 22 inches (you want the width be between 20 and 22 inches).
This measurement should work for those of you who normally wear a small or medium size shirt. My friends and I are different heights and sizes but all wear shirts that are small or medium and the 56 inches worked for all three of us. If you want to customize the sling to yourself check out this tutorial. It will tell you have to measure yourself to get the right proportions.
What To Do
- Get your 2 pieces ready. Cut to size/sew if necessary.
- With right sides together sew the both long edges of your fabric together.
- Right side out and iron.
- Fold in half lengthwise then in half again widthwise and cut a curve in your sling as shown above. It should be from the folded edge to about 2 inches in on the open edge.
- Unfold and then refold width wise.
- Sew the curved edge to make a tube.
- Then make a french seam by folding the fabric back on itself, sewing so the raw edge of the original seam is enclosed. You will be left with a flap. If you are unfamiliar with french seams this post might help you picture what I mean.
- Sew the flap down.
You can use this type of sling with a cradle carry for little babies but I am a fan of it for kiddos that have neck control and like sitting up in a hip carry position. There are other ways to use them just search with the term pouch sling on Youtube or the web and you should find a bunch of instructions. I like the modmumslings ones on Youtube.