Babywearing: DIY Wrap

(Original Post Date: January 21, 2015)

It's finished!  lol.  I've seriously created an addiction.
BUT I love it!
Okay...the how.  For the actual wrap, I used a Tutorial from the DIY Babywearing Advice and Support group on Facebook.  There are SO many helpful peeps on there!  

The Fabric  
Again, you can't just use any fabric.  It needs to be safe and secure for the baby.  Osnaburg is a commonly used material that is inexpensive and easy to work with.  Sooo...I went to JoAnn's and got me some Osnaburg (6 yards).  I wanted to make a size 6 wrap.

Here's a little guide for the measurements.
size 2 - 2.7 meters = 8.86 feet = 102.36 inches
size 3 - 3.1 meters = 10.17 feet = 122.05 inches
size 4 - 3.6 meters = 11.81 feet = 141.73 inches
size 5 - 4.2 meters = 13.78 feet = 165 inches
size 6 - 4.6 meters = 15.09 feet = 181.10 inches
size 7 - 5.2 meters = 17.06 feet = 204.72 inches
size 8 – 5.60 meters = 18.37 feet = 220.47 inches

You will want to buy about a yard more than the size you actually want.
This will allow for shrinkage.

Wash it & Dry it!
Once I had my fabric in hand I threw it in the wash on hot.  I dried it with some tennis balls on high heat.  I did this twice.  The material will shrink quite a bit, so you want to be sure to get all the shrinkage out before you start cutting and hemming.  

Cutting & Hemming
You can do this before or after you dye.  I decided to do this before so that my hem would would blend in.  Getting it to the right width is actually SUPER easy.  I cut a small slit at the 31" mark and began to tear all the way down the material.  It's scary, but it really tears straight.  I'm sure it's much better than any cutting skills I may posess.  haha.  I did a 1/2" rolled hem on the long ends.  Looking at it now, I almost wish I had done closer to a 1/4" hem.  But it's all good!  

Blunt or Tapered?
Well, it sounds like you can do either.  For simplicity, you can do blunt ends.  If you wanna go "the extra mile" you can do tapered.  I think it really is personal preference.  I wanted tapered...but should have read a tutorial first.  haha.  You want the material to end up as a parallelogram (not a trapazoid--that's what I did).  To be honest, I haven't found an issue with it...but I also haven't tried very many wrap styles yet.  Lesson learned for me.  :)

This was the step I was most nervous for.  haha.  First things first--- do NOT use Rit Dye on baby items.  Apparently it never really fully bonds with the fabric and will leech...especially if your little one sucks on the material.  You can you Dylon or Tulip (both are pretty affordable) or you can go higher end and use Dharma or Procion.  I found some Dylon dye at JoAnns for $2.99 a pack and bought four (2 Denim Blue, 2 Bahama Blue).  Always use a coupon!  haha.

I love the Ombré look!!  
(But there are really SO many options and patterns out there to try!)  I used Astrid's Tutorial: Let's Talk Grad Dyes for my dying technique.  There are a few out there, but I found hers the easiest to follow.  In went great!!  
A few things I learned...
1.  If you use a tension rod like I did, make sure it is super tight.  I had a close call of the rod falling...turned out okay, but it could have undid all my dye work.
2.  Doing it in my tub made life easy for adding water and for cleaning up.  
3.  Keep you bathroom fan on for ventilation
4.  I kept moving the hanger back and forth across the rod.  I think this helped to prevent solid lines from forming on the material.
5.  Have any dingy white shirts? or a stained shirt?  Throw them in the dye too!!  The grad effect looks awesome on a shirt!  Or you can just do it solid...your choice.  I threw a couple in and they turned out sweet!
My sad small pot I used to scour.  lol.  
First side
Rinsing (be sure only to rinse the colored don't want to rinse out your soda ash)
Second dip!
After all the rinsing!
I followed her same dry, then wash a couple times method and it seemed to preserved the color.  

Aaaand I stinkin' love it!!  It was exactly what I had in my mind! (Love when that happens! haha)

There are a lot of different ways to wrap your baby (or toddler!)...front carry, hip carry, back carry...all with their own plethera of variations.  One many to go!  (carries that is...I think Matt might question the necessity if I make more)
There are tonz of tutorials of how to do different carries.

Edit:  Little Man's seat should be deeper and his legs in a more frogged position.  We all have a learning curve, right?

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