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Has anyone successfully made their own baby sling? Moby style etc

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HeinzSight Tue 09-Jun-09 21:04:13

I've done a search on google and there seems to be quite a few free patterns around.

I just wanted to see if there was anyone who had tried one of them and succeeded.

misdee Tue 09-Jun-09 21:11:22


but am seling a teal kari me for £23 posted

bronze Tue 09-Jun-09 21:14:23

Ive made a pouch sling
A wraps got to be easier surely

HeinzSight Tue 09-Jun-09 21:26:30

Thanks misdee, I'm hoping to get away with making my own cheap and cheerful. Is the kari me the same/similar to a Moby? How's your DD by the way?

HeinzSight Tue 09-Jun-09 21:38:33


kitkatqueen Tue 09-Jun-09 23:15:55

Hi Heinz - I will sort that pattern somehow! Worst case scenario cat me and i'll photocopy it and send it to you. Not having much luck with fb.

HeinzSight Wed 10-Jun-09 13:40:27

oooh, off to cat the kitkat grin

HeinzSight Wed 10-Jun-09 13:43:24

it won't let me... I got this message

Sorry, kitkatqueen has chosen not to receive "Contact another Mumsnetter" email from mumsnet. We can't pass a message on for you.
If you wish, post a message on talk requesting that kitkatqueen revise this on the email options page. Or ask them to send a C-A-M message to you.

kitkatqueen Wed 10-Jun-09 13:48:39

oooh er I never chose that!! << kitkat goes off to sort it>>

kitkatqueen Wed 10-Jun-09 13:51:33

Heinz, all Sorted

HeinzSight Wed 10-Jun-09 13:58:40

marvellous, will try again.... smile

HeinzSight Wed 10-Jun-09 13:59:57

OK, I've sent a VERY long email to you <snigger>

kitkatqueen Wed 10-Jun-09 17:01:58

HaHa!!! you'll have to hunt me on fb now I'm the only person with my name so i'm easy to find

lynneinjapan Wed 10-Jun-09 19:25:50

For a wrap you just need a piece of fabric - either knitted jersey(ish) with slight stretch, or woven - 5m long and about 20-25" (50-64cm) wide. If you get something that's 60" wide then you can get 3 wraps out of it, provided that it doesn't need hemming. It's helpful to sew some kind of marker (e.g. a button) on half way along because you start wrapping from the middle and that makes the right place easier to find.

I've had lots of use out of a light woven cotton ring sling that I made using the nice simple instructions on the "slingmemommy" site, and a fleece one that I made from instructions on the Sleeping Baby site (Jan Andrea's). Getting hold of the rings is the trickiest bit! I got metal ones from the woman who makes Freedom Slings (she was selling a few on eBay) and I think Big Mama Slings sell nylon ones.

bronze Wed 10-Jun-09 19:59:32

hmm could I knit a winter wrap?

CherryChoc Wed 10-Jun-09 20:17:13

I made 2 I just bought 4m of Jersey cotton (does not need hemming, as it won't fray) and cut it into 2 4m lengths, I was originally going to make 3 so I cut it into one 20" wide and one 40" wide, then I decided to make the wider remnant into just one sling - I tapered the ends of it as it was difficult to tie. I fold the wider one in half when I use it and I find it slightly more supportive.

Picture here, sorry it's a bit "arty" and weird! DS was 12 days old

CherryChoc Wed 10-Jun-09 20:20:44

bronze I think a hand-knitted wrap would have too much "stretch", the knitted fabrics used are machine-made and quite tightly woven.

Overmydeadbody Wed 10-Jun-09 20:22:38

I used to just use a pashmina tied at the back in a big knot. It worked fine, but that was before all these new trendy slings came out.

bronze Wed 10-Jun-09 22:00:03

my mum just used to use a shawl but she couldnt remember quite how and I wasnt brave enough

bronze Wed 10-Jun-09 22:03:16

I'm guessing people have seen this

NumptyMum Wed 10-Jun-09 22:09:42

The babywearer website has LOADS of info on using various wraps etc. For a stretchy wrap (jersey etc), you might actually find it cheaper to get 2nd/3rd hand/used wrap, as I guess the length of material required might work out a bit more pricey to buy new... If you do want to look for 2nd hand etc, there's a Yahoo group (UKBabywearingswap) which is very active. Otherwise there's instructions on making slings on

bronze Wed 10-Jun-09 22:26:48

I have a few thick sarongs I used to wear as long skirts. I think I'm going to see if theres a way I can wear them with a baby

NumptyMum Wed 10-Jun-09 22:39:31

Bronze - only word of caution would be that if you're wrapping, carrying a baby is like carrying a hot water bottle and if you have a thick wrap in the summer you might get v hot! You could always try dressing V lightly underneath (ie even just get away with using a bra). Otherwise there was a nice no-sew ring sling I came across, but I never had the material i wanted to use. Got the ring slings though, somewhere... you can buy these from Big Mama Slings.

bronze Wed 10-Jun-09 22:47:32

I have a gauze wrap to use for now (while its hot) I'm just playing with cheap ideas. the women on that link I posted make it look so easy

paisleyleaf Wed 10-Jun-09 22:50:50

I asked my mum to bring me back a couple of 5m lengths of fabric back from a holiday in India, for a couple of gorgeous slings I tied like the didymos ones.

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