Make a Wrap Carrier
Little ones generally have a greater need for comfort during challenging times. With a good carrier you can prevent their being underfoot or in harm’s way, all the while still having both hands available to do what needs to be done.
This is a simple way to make a wrap carrier for a baby or a small child. I have tried most of the carriers out there with my heavy babies and this is by far my favorite as it keeps the little one’s weight very close and it is very versatile. It has the added benefit of being inexpensive, so I can feasibly keep one in the house, one in the car and one in my emergency kit.
Selecting your fabric: You will want to choose a “top weight” fabric for your carrier (rub the fabric of your blouse between your fingers and compare that to the fabric of your trousers). I try to avoid printed patterns as the inside of the wrap is almost sure to peek through, and I’ll look for either a solid that is the same on both sides or a woven-in pattern, like a plaid or stripe. These tend to be higher quality fabrics. If you would like a stretchy knit wrap, select a fabric that has a one-way stretch (across the width, not down the length). Make sure it is fairly substantial (not a “tissue paper” knit) and recovers well when stretched. As far as fiber content, I prefer 100% cotton in a woven wrap and a poly/cotton blend in a knit, but you can choose what you like best. I do not hem my wraps, so I will also look at the fabric’s cut edge—if it is fraying a lot, I may end up with more “fringe” than I wish. Have them cut you a 5 yard length.
Cutting your wrap: You will want your finished wrap to be 21” wide so most fabrics will yield enough for two wraps. Measure 21” from the selvage (finished) edge and fold your fabric lengthwise along this line. Cut along the fold.
Finishing: If you wish, you may hem or serge your raw edges. It is helpful to sew a small patch or piece of ribbon in the center to guide you when using the wrap.
Using: Referring to the illustration above*, hold the center of your wrap over your breastbone. With your other hand, take the top edge of the wrap and wrap it around your back and over your opposite shoulder without twisting the fabric. Repeat on the opposite side so that you have a “pocket” over your chest and the two ends hanging down over your shoulders. Lower your child into the “pocket” until it is sitting in the wrap with its feet and legs protruding. Pull on the ends while lifting your child slightly to snug the wrap. Now pull the end on your left shoulder across your child’s back and tuck it under its opposite leg—so that the child is again sitting on the wrap. Repeat on the other side. Grab both ends, pull them up behind your back and tie securely. Adjust shoulder straps.
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*I would love to credit the person who put together the great set of photos but I could not find where it originated. Whoever it was, thanks and kudos!