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How to Make Baby Sling



By Holly Campbell


Making baby sling is easy and fun to sew. All you need is some basic sewing skills, fabric and a basic baby sling pattern. The best thing about homemade baby sling is, it gives you complete control over the materials used and how the baby sling is made. And, you can be as creative as you want.


Homemade Baby Sling

You can find countless of free baby sling patterns online, with full sewing instructions and information about how the baby should actually be carried in the sling.

Even if you are a complete beginner to sewing, no worries because many of these "free baby sling patterns" websites also offer tutorials that teach basic sewing stitches and techniques. I strongly suggest you check them out first, compare patterns, and find one that suits you best  before you jump right into sewing a baby sling.

Once you have selected the baby sling pattern, the next thing is to pick your fabric. There are so many beautiful prints available so it may be difficult to decide which fabric to pick. Baby sling fabric is usually found in the home decor section of any local sewing store, and they come on large rolls.

Alternatively, you might want to source and buy fabric online. I know many moms are tempted by quilting fabric offers, but honestly, these fabrics are not strong enough to make a baby sling unless you double it up.

If you want a fabric that's a little stretchy, look for a 97% cotton/ 3% Lycra blend. Cotton is a great choice since it is strong, soft and easy to clean.

Avoid materials that are silky, slick or shiny as they could slip out of the rings.



Other helpful hints to make homemade baby sling:

1. It is important that you buy good quality and sturdy rings that are able to hold the weight of your baby. Buy rings at a craft store for the baby sling, or order them online.


2. It is fun to make a small sling for an older sibling so that he or she can join in the fun by wearing a favorite toy in the sling.


3. When you sew your own baby sling, you might want to consider adding pockets as they are very useful for storing small items such as baby pacifier.


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