I have really wanted to get into babywearing, specifically I wanted to get into babywearing with a wrap. This can be quite expensive and with two kiddos, I wanted to save some money. So I looked into diy projects. I found some tutorials on Pinterest and while googling. This one is the one I settled on for my 100% cotton wrap. And this one is what I followed for my no-sew cotton jersey one. The cotton jersey is stretchy, similar to a Moby wrap.
First step was getting the fabric, fun! This is my first sewing project, so I teamed up with my mother in law. She does a lot sewing projects and she was awesome enough to help a beginner out. The trick with the 100% cotton fabric is that it can’t have a “bad” side.
For the cotton jersey I selected a light gray, because I have a lot of dark colored shirts and thought the lightness might go better. I purchased both at Joann Fabrics and ended up getting to use coupons for both. Score! Double savings! I got five yards of each.
We then went back to my in-laws’ house to get started. First step was to measure the desired width of the cotton jersey. We chose 30 inches. I wanted mine on the wider side so we literally folded it in half width wise and cut along the fold. Boom, done. And I now had one wrap for myself and one for a friend. I would recommend having someone there to help feed the fabric as you are cutting along, because five yards is a lot. With my coupon I got a stretchy wrap for a quarter of the price of retail value.
Next up we have the 100% cotton wrap. For this wrap we basically just have to measure the width, cut, and hem it. For the width on this one I wanted to go with a solid 28 inches, so we measured out about 31 inches. Time to hem now. The link I provided above describes it the best, we took a quarter inch and folded it and then folded that in on itself and then sewed it along the whole outside of the fabric. And that is all.
Charlie really likes the 100% cotton one, he fell asleep while I was wrapping him. I am in love with it as well because it is lightweight and seems to help my back.
So there you have it, two easy wraps accomplished in one day. If I can do it, you can too. *Please make sure to double check you are wrapped properly with baby, it is always a good idea to do a safety check and follow the instructions for proper carrying. Here is a website with tutorials for different wrap positions.