It’s getting to be time to make all the baby things I’ll need that I didn’t have the first time around. Like a nursing cover. And a car seat cover. And a baby sling, which is what we’re going to focus on today. Unfortunately baby slings just kind of look awkward on pregnant women and I didn’t have a model for mine (for some odd reason my husband wasn’t interested…weird), so I don’t have a picture of it actually in use. But never fear! I still have all the steps you’ll need to make a great sling. And if you really want to see what it looks like used you can go here. This is the tutorial I kind of went off of, though I did a couple things differently.
- 2 1/2 yards heavy duty cotton (I did a lot of research and people seem to agree that home décor fabrics work best because they are sturdier. My fabric is a nice thick cotton that’s almost like canvas…just softer)
- 2” steel rings (I got mine in the hardware section of Home Depot)
- Sewing machine
- Matching Thread
Step 1: Cut your fabric to 33”x 70” (I just had mine 2 1/2 yards long). Unless you have magic cotton that doesn’t fray, hem the edges of your fabric all the way around.
Step 2: On one end of your rectangle, find the middle of the edge. Bring the ends into the middle. Press down. Bring the folded ends to meet the middle again. Press. Refer to the pictures if this isn’t clear. Pin the folds down.
Step 3: Feed the folded end through the 2 rings, with the folded end up
Step 4: Fold the end over the rings. Sew in place. Now, don’t be like me and try to follow the hem line as a sewing line. The fabric is way too thick and you will break your needle. I went about 1/2” above the hemline. Make sure you backstitch on the ends to there isn’t any unraveling.
Step 5: To use, you just wrap it around yourself. Feed the unfinished end through both rings. Fold over and feed the end through the first ring again (skipping the second). And you’re done! This was such an easy project, I’m not sure why I didn’t make one before!
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Disclaimer: My Decoupaged Life does not accept responsibility for the safety of this sling. By following this tutorial the maker is accepting all responsibility.