Short Answers to a Few of the Most Commonly Asked DIY Questions

DIY: FAQ or “Short Answers to a Few of the Most Commonly Asked DIY Questions”

Q: What fabric is suitable for a woven wrap?
A: Osnaburg cotton (a type of muslin), midweight 100% linen or linen blends, some lighterweight upholstery fabrics. Look for mid- to heavier weight fabrics that do not stretch, but have a bit of give. Synthetic materials (such as polyester) really should be avoided. Cotton gauze may be used as well, just keep in mind it is a thin fabric, and may not be *as* supportive for longer periods of time or heavier kiddos, and many users complain of it “digging” on the shoulders (especially in back carries). http://crafts.sleepingbaby.net/fabric.html

Q: How do I go about making a DIY wrap?
A: http://wrapyourbaby.com/blog/2013/05/do-it-yourself-woven-wrap/ has some great tips and recommendations for making a DIY wrap.

Q: Where can I buy sling rings (rings used for making ring slings)?
A: Rings from http://www.slingrings.com are specifically manufactured for use in baby carriers. Medium or large aluminums are what is most recommended for making ring slings.

Q: How much fabric should I buy if I am making a DIY wrap?
A: Buy extra to account for shrinkage!! Standard wrap lengths:

size 2 – 2.7 meters = 8.86 feet = 102.36 inches = 2.84 yards

size 3 – 3.1 meters = 10.17 feet = 122.05 inches = 3.39 yards

size 4 – 3.6 meters = 11.81 feet = 141.73 inches = 3.94 yards

size 5 – 4.2 meters = 13.78 feet = 165 inches = 4.58 yards

size 6 – 4.6 meters = 15.09 feet = 181.10 inches = 5.03 yards

size 7 – 5.2 meters = 17.06 feet = 204.72 inches = 5.69 yards

size 8 – 5.60 meters = 18.37 feet = 220.47 inches = 6.12 yards

Q: I’m looking for a pattern for a WCMT with wrap straps / SSC / MT / Half Buckle
A: TheBabyWearer.com is a great resource…check out their DIY Forums. Also, be sure to take a look at the following tutorials:

-Let’s Make a Mei Tai, Part I: http://www.becomingmamas.com/lets-make-a-mei-tai-or-onbu-part-i-assembling-your-materials/
-Let’s Make a Mei Tai, Part II: http://pinterest.com/offsite/?token=222-829&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.becomingmamas.com%2Flets-make-a-mei-tai-or-onbu-part-ii-putting-it-all-together%2F&pin=406238828858497065

-Making a Tablecloth Mei Tai: http://youre-sew-crafty.blogspot.ca/2012/12/table-cloth-mei-tai-tcmt.html?m=1

Q: How do I sew a ring sling?
A: Check out these links from Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions:
Sewing a Ring Sling: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/sling.html
Ring Sling Shoulders: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/shoulders.html

Other ring sling tutorials can be found at: http://www.hipababy.com/diy.html and http://www.mayawrap.com/n_sewsling.php

Q: I’m interested in making and selling baby carriers, where do I start?
A: You need to be CPSIA compliant, aware of your state and local regulations for owning and operating a business out of your home, and up to date with current ASTM safety testing requirements. This article by the BCIA (it’s a wise decision to become a member) covers more: http://www.babycarrierindustryalliance.org/content.php?r=174-Baby-Carrier-Manufacturing-101
…and Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions (the ring sling guru!) has some very good recommendations as well: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/selling.html

Q: Where can I go for more DIY advice, tutorials, troubleshooting, community, etc?
A: The Facebook group, “Babywearing DIY Advice and Support” is a great resource: https://www.facebook.com/groups/334070496681248/. They have a file called “DIY Links” that is a ton of great information for everything DIY in babywearing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/334070496681248/doc/343440382410926/
And, of course, the gold standard in Babywearing forums and information, TheBabywearer.com, has a long-standing DIY Forum: http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?76-Do-It-Yourself

Please also check out our Tucson Babywearers’ Pinterest page for links to many, many great tutorials! http://pinterest.com/babywearingtaz/diy-babywearing/

“Happy Being Crafty & Babywearing!!”

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Carry of the Week: Short Back Cross Carry

COTW for the week of August 12th is: Short Back Cross Carry (SBCC)

Our featured carry this week is Short Back Cross Carry (SBCC). As with Christina’s Ruckless last week, we are starting to work with some carries that will fall into the “advanced babywearing” category, so if a particular carry looks intimidating or you try it and quite get it right, don’t give up! It takes practice, and those of us who have successfully mastered this carry probably looked and felt just like you the first time we tried it!

SBCC is a back carry that can be done with a short wrap: size 2-4, depending on the size of the wearer and child, and what “finish” you choose (tied at shoulder or “candy cane” chest belt).

Safety: Stretchy/Knit Wraps (like the Moby) should not, under any circumstances, be used for back carries as their stretchy quality makes them unsafe for anything other than front and hip carries. Keep in mind that if this is your first time doing a back carry, or even this particular carry, you should have a spotter and/or practice over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch. You may even want to practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable.

Short Back Cross Carry, Tied at Shoulder (TAS)

Short Back Cross Carry with a Candy Cane Chest Belt (CCCB)

Carry Of The Week: Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

COTW for the week of August 5th is: Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

This week our carry of the week is Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry (CRBC). As we proceed with our Carry of the Week, we are starting to work with some carries that will fall into the “advanced babywearing” category, so if a particular carry looks intimidating or you try it and quite get it right, don’t give up! It takes practice, and those of us who have successfully mastered this carry probably looked and felt just like you the first time we tried it!

Christina’s Ruckless is a multi-layer back carry that can be an extremely comfortable carry for those who don’t like ruck straps. It is supportive and also a great solution for those leg-straightening babies and toddlers! It is fairly similar to Secure High Back Carry (SHBC), but doesn’t have a knot in the chest belt, so may be a little more comfortable for those bothered by that feature of SHBC.

Christina’s Ruckless can be completed using a size 4-6 wrap, depending on the size of the wearer and child. Please visit our Facebook Group Page for any questions or advice on this carry!

Safety: Stretchy/Knit Wraps (like the Moby) should not, under any circumstances, be used for back carries as their stretchy quality makes them unsafe for anything other than front and hip carries. Keep in mind that if this is your first time doing a back carry, or even this particular carry, you should have a spotter and/or practice over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch. You may even want to practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable.

Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry