Quick Baby Carrier DIY – no sew
An easy and quick DIY baby carrier wrap – no sew. And it’s just as good as those pricey name brands.
If you’ve never sewed before, don’t worry because this DIY only requires scissors, measuring tape, and some stretchy fabric.
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When our 3rd baby arrived, I no longer could get away with just setting her down to play while I did the daily chores. Since her 2 toddler bothers, I mean brothers, would get too excited and innocently frustrate her all day long. This led to me constantly tending to a fussy baby.
I decided to purchase one of those fancy Moby wraps I had seen all the moms sporting but what I found was that I didn’t like the patterns OR THE PRICE!
Were they really worth the giant price tag?
Lucky for me (and you), my aunt had just bought herself a Solly Wrap so I was able to get a closer look at just how “special” these things were.
I soon realized,they are all just ONE GIANT LOooooooooNG PIECE OF FABRIC!
It’s also worth noting, you can make these for $2! No, that’s not a typo, it’s $6 total but comes out to be $2 DOLLARS A WRAP – and it’s way easy! If you know how to use a pair of scissors, you can do this.
I know what you’re thinking, this all sounds too good to be true and it’s not gonna hold up or will be super uncomfortable…but no – it’s perfect!
I used mine through Prim’s first year and it is still like new just waiting for the opportunity to snuggle the next infant.
The wrap is essentially just a cross back baby carrier so it distributes the weight of the baby evenly. It was very lightweight on my back and the most comfortable baby carrier I’ve used so far.
Now to the good stuff – HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR OWN BABY CARRIER WRAP?
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- Get 6 yards of any knit fabric.
- Note – Knit fabric is just fancy sewing talk for stretchy fabric. (I got mine for a dollar per yard at Walmart.)
- Figure out how TALL you want it. This is the part that covers the baby from head to toe so choose any height between 20″ and 30″.
- So you get an idea, the black/white wrap is 20″ tall and the blue wrap is 30″ tall.
- NOTE: most wraps range b/w 20″ to 30″ wide and range b/w 5 & 1/2 yards to 7 yards long.
- Cut your fabric at however tall you have chosen (20″-30″).
- NOTE: you won’t have to do any cutting for the LENGTH. The length will always be the original 6 yards you started with.
- And you’re DONE!
- NOTE: you will now have 2 or 3 wraps.
- •6 yards knit (stretchy) fabric
- •Fabric Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- •Measuring Tape
- 1. Purchase 6 yards of ANY KNIT FABRIC (aka stretchy fabric)
- 2. Figure out how WIDE you want your wrap to be. Choose
between 20" to 30"
- 3. Cut your fabric at the WIDTH you have chosen.
- 4. ALL DONE! wasn't that EASY?
view below for more detailed instructions
1.Purchase 6 yards of ANY KNIT FABRIC (knit fabric just
means STRETCHY fabric
2. Figure out how WIDE you want your wrap to be. Choose
between 20 inches to 30 inches. This is how tall your wrap will be and
what covers the baby from head to toe. NOTE: most wraps range b/w 20 inches to 30 inches wide. and range between 5 & 1/2 yards to 7 yards long
3. Cut your fabric at the WIDTH you have chosen. (20", 21", 22", 23", 24", 25" ,26", 27", 28", 29", or 30") NOTE: you won't have to do any cutting for the LENGTH. The length will still be the original 6 yards you started with. All you are doing is making your original 6 yard long piece of fabric into MORE 6 yard long pieces
4. ALL DONE! wasn't that EASY? NOTE: At this point you should have either 2 or 3wraps, depending on how wide your fabric was to begin with and depending on how wide you chose to make them.
If you don't already have a good pair of fabric scissors, it is definitely worth investing in a pair for this project. It makes things easier and quicker. I used a regular pair of scissors on my first wrap. Once I upgraded to fabric scissors though, I wished I had done it sooner.
If you want to lessen the bulk of your wrap, taper it on both sides. To Taper: make or become gradually smaller toward one end.
I did this with the double sided knit fabric (that I bought at Walmart) because the knot ended up being too bulky. My goal was to have a warmer blanket like wrap during the winter months. Tapering the ends made it possible to have a warm wrap without it looking like I made it myself, if you catch my drift.
WINTER WRAP - if you want a warmer baby wrap, choose a warmer or thicker knit. Examples of warmer/thicker knits: sweat pant or sweat shirt type fabric.
SUMMER WRAP - if you want a wrap that will allow you and the baby to stay cool while being so close, chose a lighter/thinner knit. Examples of lighter/thinner knits: yoga pants material or tank top material.
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