5.05.2010

ring slingin' tutorial



I love my ring sling.  It's easy.  Easy to wear, easy to put on, and especially easy to adjust.  I tried probably four different types of baby carriers and slings before I decided to make this one.  Nothing was really working for my little man and I.  Either he was uncomfortable or I was.  I knew I had to find something, though, because our dear little Legend is still struggling with tummy issues and isn't sleeping much.  It needed to be a sling I could throw on in a hurry--because my little people are busy.

I looked up instructions online, but sewing instructions must be written in a different language, or something, because I was so lost.  I finally realized that it wasn't as complicated to make as it sounded.  Huge sigh of relief.  

Here's how I made my ring sling:

#1.  I ordered my rings from slingrings.com because they are made with high quality aluminum and are tested for safety.

#2.  I chose a cotton blend fabric that was soft and breathable and I used a full two yards to make my sling.  I doubled the fabric to make the sling stronger.  (The fabric I used actually came from a missionary to India)

#3.  Next, I cut my fabric in half lengthwise so that I now had two pieces of fabric that were each 72 inches long and about 22 inches wide. 

#4.  I laid one long piece of my fabric down with the right side up.  Then I matched my other piece to it, making sure the right sides were facing each other.  I pinned them in place.

#5.  I then sewed three sides together like a pillow case, leaving one short side open.  I pulled the inside out through the open side and pressed the edges.  Now I had one long piece of doubled fabric.

#6.  For the next step, I folded the unfinished short edge of the sling down 1/4 inch and pressed that fold.  Then I folded it over again 2 inches and pressed that fold as well.  

#7.  I drew a line with a sewing pen (tailor's chalk is even better) right at the edge of my pressed two inch fold.

#8.  Next, I placed both rings on this short edge--right at the two inch fold and made sure the fabric of the sling was looped over them.  I matched my 1/4 inch folded edge to the line I had drawn with the pen and pinned it in place.

#9.  Finally, I sewed along this edge 4 to 5 times for reinforcement and for durability.

#10.  Now the sling was finished and all I had to do was loop the free end through both rings and then pull it over one ring and under the other.  Ta-dah!  Now all that it needed was a baby and some adjusting.  There are a million youtube videos on how to wear these things, so no worries there.

Speaking of youtube videos on slings, have you seen this one?  Hillarious!! 

15 comments:

Lara said...

Cute! I love my Moby wrap but there is no putting it on quickly. When Ellie was little I would just tie it on and leave it on all day and take her in and out as needed. But it's plain black - not like the cute pattern you have!

Leah said...

I LOVE ringslings; I always keep one in the car as it's the easiest one to throw on quickly. I have a great wrap conversion ring sling which still happily holds my strapping 22 month old son...he fell asleep in it when I was busy in the kitchen on Saturday, we love it :)

Stephanie said...

Love it! I'm going to have to make myself one soon! Thanks for the tips - I thought it would be too complicated to make too, but you made it so much simpler!

Lauren said...

Thank you SO much for giving such an easy to follow tutorial!!! I am definitely going to make one for me and Tucker because I am all about some baby wearing!!! I love the fabric in yours - gorgeous!! You look so perfect with your homemade sling and your sweet baby boy! :P

Kristin said...

I love your sling! And I know what you mean about patterns being written in some other language....they intimidate me! That video was hilarious!

3 Blessings said...

Thanks for sharing. Yours turned out so cute!
Blessings,
Amy

Cole said...

I love it! You did such a great job. I wrote a little something about your lovely blog today.
http://lettersfromcoco.blogspot.com/2010/05/ive-got-crush.html

a little bit vintage said...

Thanks SO much for posting this tutorial! I have to make one...and soon!

Smiles,
Rachel

Chelsie Denson said...

I was just telling my husband the other day that I have to get one of those when we have kids, but now I can make it! lol. Thank you for the tip! It's super adorable.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i was given an ergo and a moby recently... can't wait to try them out! i don't think anything could be easier to put on, though, than a ring sling! you rock - i can't believe you made this!!! how awesome. if you promise i could look as cute as you wearing my baby in a sling, maybe i will! : )

thank you for your sweet email!!! i really appreciate you taking the time to think of me! thank you for being willing to encourage! i totally wished i lived next door!

alihsee said...

Oh you are so so talented! Unfortunately, the sewing gene isn't in me so I'll have to search out Etsy for one :)

Blessings!

Cynthia said...

This is such a wonderful idea...I would love to do this! Oh goodness, I have simply tried every sling (it seems) but the ring sling. It's time to open my horizons once more ;^)

Oh! I hopped over to your blog today from Letters from Cole. I'm so glad I did. I'm your newest follower!
Have a great rest of your week.

Miss Anne said...

I am hoping with all my might to attempt at making one of these.

I love yours...

Thanks for the play by play instructions!

xo

Michael said...

Way to go girl! I had someone who made one and gave it to me as a gift. I loved it! It worked so great for us too as we had three under the age of three as you do. ARen´t they wonderful!!!

You did a great job on it!

Dani Joy

Wife to the Rockstar said...

LOVE my ring sling. Couldn't live without it.

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