Being on kid #2 and being smarter but also on the go more I have found myself interested in carrying Sam around instead of using a stroller everywhere (because there are places where strollers just don’t go or don’t go easily). I started out with an Ergo and a loaner ring sling (thank you Monika!). I liked both at first.
So I got into baby wrapping. The beauty of a wrap is that they are super flexible. The downside is they aren’t very intuitive – just a large length of woven fabric really. Alot of moms have probably tried out a Moby wrap – very similar but longer & stretchier than a woven. Woven wraps can carry kids… not just babies – KIDS! I got two different lengths for Mother’s Day & found I liked each for different things… but my longer “rainbow” wrap had a hem flaw. The manufacturer (Little Frog in Poland) was AWESOME and replaced it leaving me with the “flawed” wrap. So I set out to make a DIY creation with it.
I had realized what I didn’t like about the Ergo was the waist belt. Any time I wrapped Sam and had a waist belt I didn’t like that either. No matter how I tried they always seemed to hit right where I have the fractured facet joint in my back. So a Mei Tai was out, but I liked the concept… so what was similar? I found the onbuhimo or “onbu” but it also had an almost waist strap system and another mom on a DIY facebook forum suggested a reverse-onbu or “ruck-bu”. I found this picture/website & knew I HAD to make one (Cherry Berry Baby picture)!
Too bad there weren’t any tutorials or patterns…. Good thing I have a sewing, DIY & engineering background because I went to work making my own pattern! I borrowed ideas from so many places I am putting it up here for free with just the affiliate links for compensation because I don’t feel right selling the pieces that belonged to other DIYers.
I started out looking for a body – and really liked what Barefoot and Pregnant, Esquire had on her blog here. I also liked that hers was a toddler body but had adjustability. I didn’t want a Mei Tai, and I didn’t want button holes all over my wrap fabric body panel, and I didn’t want a padded waist band. Partly because of how this carrier works but mostly for my own back!
So – I took her body and tweaked it. My pattern includes a hidden cinch system, padded & adjustable shoulder straps, double rings on the shoulders and wrap straps on the bottom as well as a cinch hood. If you want to skip any of these you totally can.
- Fabrics – the key is 2 supportive layers on the body panel. I used middle denim & woven wrap for the outer with wicking (non-supportive) inner for the body. You could do a cotton print (non-woven) outer with inner & middle supportive layers. Wrap straps MUST be woven/supportive.
- Woven/supportive fabric for outer, wrap straps & inner hidden lining
- Wicking inner fabric (or woven if you like)
- For the “cinch” system
- Shoulder straps
- Waist “wrap style” straps
- Woven/supportive fabric
- 2 layers of supportive fabric
- 1 layer of wicking or decorative or supportive fabric
- Padding scraps
- Hood fabric
- Hood straps
I will post again with the actual pattern & remaining instructions. I need to copy it to 8.5×11 and scan it in. I started that tonight but grabbed a 9×12 drawing pad…. whoops! Too late tonight to do it over.