If you’re a new parent or a parent-to-be, you’ve probably already noticed that there are lots of items to buy for your baby! Though they may be little, babies do require a lot of things to ensure their proper care and comfort. If your registry and shopping list are starting to seem very long, you’ll be happy to know that a baby carrier is an item that you can make for yourself with a How to make a baby carrier out of a sheet
If you’re a new parent or a parent-to-be, you’ve probably already noticed that there are lots of items to buy for your baby! Though they may be little, babies do require a lot of things to ensure their proper care and comfort. If your registry and shopping list are starting to seem very long, you’ll be happy to know that a baby carrier is an item that you can make for yourself with a sheet or other fabric that you may already have sitting around at home. You’ll be amazed to learn how easy it is to make your own baby sling out of a blanket.
Find the right fabric
You’ll need a piece of cloth that is roughly 2.25 yards or about 80 inches long. Standard-size blankets are 90 inches long, so a regular blanket should work well.
Make sure it is a sturdy material that feels comfortable against your skin and that won’t irritate baby’s sensitive skin. The best fabrics for baby carriers are cotton or cotton blends. We recommend using a woven fabric that is breathable and easily washable.
Choose a pattern that you like and that matches with a variety of colors and designs, so it looks good no matter what you or your partner wear.
Other items to use
Blankets are the most common go-to items to turn into a baby carrier. However, you can also use a tablecloth or a large scarf. Just make sure it is enough fabric based on the necessary length of 80 inches.
Spread the fabric across your back
Take both ends of the fabric and spread it diagonally across your back. Make sure it is flat. You don’t want any twisting or unevenness back there.
Choose the shoulder that feels more comfortable and natural for carrying the baby. This method works on both sides, so it doesn’t matter if you are a rightie or a leftie.
Take the fabric that sits on your shoulder and pinch the fabric to gather both sides. Try to make your pinching as even as possible. This will help you spread the fabric once the baby is being carried, so you can fit them nice and snug against your chest.
Repeat on the other side
Now take the fabric that is still hanging and pinch like you did with the other end. Again, try to make this pinching even. By the end of this step, you should have gathered both ends of your fabric and are now ready to tie the knot.
Make sure the fabric across your back is still flat. It won’t be as wide as it was before, but there still shouldn’t be any twisting or unevenness.
Tie a slip knot
If you don’t know how to tie a slip knot, don’t sweat it! Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps:
- Take the bottom end of the fabric across your chest. This is now your horizontal end.
- Place the horizontal end across the vertical end of the fabric.
- Cross the horizontal piece behind and up through the top.
- Drop the horizontal end of the fabric down.
- Take it underneath and over the vertical end.
- Pull the fabric through the loop to make the knot.
Adjust to your preferred height
The beauty of the slip knot is that you can easily adjust it to your own preference and height. It slides easily up and down without untying. This it convenient because, once you’ve made the knot once, you shouldn’t have to redo it very often. You can just slip it off and readjust to the height of the person who is wearing it.
Customize to the size of your baby
Adjust the fabric to fit your baby’s size. The sling should create a little nook for them to be cozy inside, without being too tight or too loose. You can readjust once you have the baby positioned in the sling.
Try it out
To put the baby in the sling, hold them up high on your shoulder. Slide their feet and body through the sling. Tuck the bottom of the fabric underneath to position between you and the baby. Open the baby’s legs so they are hooked onto your upper body. Make sure that the fabric goes from one of the baby’s knees to the other. Double-check that the baby’s neck is supported. Make all the adjustments you need to fit the baby nice and snug, so it feels safe to you and your little one.
There are many benefits to making your own baby carrier out of fabric. There is no sewing required with this DIY project that is also easy and affordable. It allows you to choose the fabric of your preference and you can make as many as you like to match with your outfits and the baby’s wardrobe. This sling can also be adjusted for you to share with your partner. It works on both sides of the body and can be reused as often as you like, until the fabric is starting to wear. Plus, you will love using a homemade item that has a special story and creates a greater bond between you and your baby.
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