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Look Mom, No Hands! A Simple Baby Sling

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This instructable will show you how to make a "peanut shell" style baby sling for under $20, (even lass depending on your fabric. You can also find similar info on this site http://mykarmababy.com/pages/BabySlingPattern.php
 
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Step 1: Supplies, Choosing and treating the fabric

1.5-2 yd. fabric (this depends on what size you're sling will be, which depends on what size you are)
Sewing Machine
Thread
Scissors
Pins
Iron


The first step is getting the right fabric, and there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Don't get anything too stretchy, (if you do, the baby will sag down, and won't be safe and secure in the sling)
2. Great something that's washable!
3. Get a strong pattern that will hide stains well, (let's face it, kids are messy!)

Once you've picked out your fabric, be sure to wash it in mild detergent at least once.

Step 2: Determine the size of the sling

To make your sling the right size, measure a straight line from the top of your shoulder, across your body to your opposite hip, (in the same way a sash is worn). For example, my measurement was 27". Multiply it by 2, for me 54".  Then add 3" to that measurement, for me, 57"
(HIP TO SHOULDER MEASUREMENT x2) + 3" = SLING LENGTH

Then cut your fabric so that it is 22" wide by the sling length. For example my sling is 22"x57"

Step 3: Flip and iron

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Flip your cut fabric so that it is "wrong side" up.
Iron thoroughly.

Step 4: The folding starts

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fold the fabric along the "sling length" axis, (the long side)

Step 5: The folding continues

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now fold up, along the 22" axis

Step 6: Cutting the curve

Now measure in 3.5" from the top corner (where all the frayed edges are) and mark with a pin.
Then cut from the bottom corner (full length) to the top corner mark

Now open it up along the 22" axis to show the curve you just made, and pin up the curve.
kthomas262 years ago
i made this last year for my little boy and it was a god send, as a second child he just slept in it or was carried around while i looked after his big sister
ppatches244 years ago
i just made one for my baby racoon and it loves it this makes my life so much more easy TTTHHHAAANNNKKKSSSS SSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!
ANTQNUT4 years ago
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! cute baby!! awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
btw Great instryctable very nice instructions, easy to follow!
icewolf5 years ago
That's a cool idea, but if you don't do this correctly, it's kinda "Look, mom, no teeth." BTW, nice instructable.
sarahfish (author)  icewolf5 years ago
Well, in theory, if they still fit in the sling they don't have teeth yet....
DebH575 years ago
Congratulations on your First Prize win Sarah! Your baby is beautiful BTW.
le-Sid5 years ago
Nice one, I was looking for some gift for my cousin'w new baby _ Even if that one is made for older babies... Sure it'll come out handy...
sarahfish (author)  le-Sid5 years ago
I think they need to be able to support their own head, but maybe not... either way, she'll be able to use it in 2-3 months I think, check out (or have her check) for more info on different carries for different age babies. I just gave it to both my sister-in-laws (both pregnant!)