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22 Sling Patterns


This article is from the General Pregnancy FAQ, by swnymph@FensEnde.com (Sabrina Cuddy) with numerous contributions by others.

22 Sling Patterns

From: vg3@ee.wustl.edu (Vasudha Govindan)
Subject: Patterns for slings

Here are sling related posts I saved from misc.kids long time ago.
Hope you find them useful. There were other posts in this thread,
but I didnt save them all. I have removed the names and addresses
of the posters (not sure what the proper nettiquite is).


These are instructions for making a "tube sling."

Use 36" wide material. Measure the diagonal distance from the point where
your left shoulder meets the arm, to the top of your right hip bone (on
the side of your body). Multiply this by two, and add a seam allowance (or
more if you like carrying your baby low) and sew it together.

Some people have tried tying a knot too, but that can be less comfortable.
If you're creative, you could also figure out how to use metal rings and
make it adjustable, like the store-bought kind. Remember also, this is a
YMMV thing. Try basting the seam first to see if it's the right fit before
sewing it together. Or use a folded bedsheet pinned together to determine
how much fabric you need before going out and buying it.

By the way, this idea comes from a booklet called "Outside Wombs" by
Christina Otterstrom-Cedar. She also has instructions for making other
wrap-around slings, and diagrams and photos for how to use the slings in a
wide variety of positions. You can order the booklet by sending $5.00 (US
or Cdn) to Box 82, Eagle Bay, BC, Canada, V0E 1T0. (I have no connection
to this person, nor do I stand to benefit from telling you about this. I
just bought the book when I saw someone wearing a home-made sling that
looked so comfortable and un-bulky, with such a happy baby inside :))

I bought a pattern for a baby sling, but haven't had time to sew it
yet. In the meantime, my husband and I have been using a piece a 45"
wide fabric tied with a square knot. That works reasonably well for us,
but we look forward to the shoulder padding of the "real" sling, and
being able to adjust it, too. (Not to mention getting rid of that knot
in the middle of our backs.)

I got the pattern through the mail from:

ASA inspirations
P.O. Box 11683
Champaign, IL 61826.

It cost $6.95 (p/h included).


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