Catchy title, right? :) A little while ago I was telling my friend about how I spend A LOT of time holding Hannah and that, as much as I LOVE snuggling this sweet little baby, I missed having two hands to get things done. So, she suggested a baby wrap carrier thing like she has with the same first name as a famous whale in a classic novel. Basically, it is just a loooong piece of stretchy knit fabric so I thought I could make my own. Then, when we were chatting about this idea, another friend pointed me in the direction of a different baby carrier wrap that takes less fabric and is easier to use. So, I made one of those instead. It is great!
I found some tutorials online HERE, HERE, and HERE to get the general idea of how to make one. It is basically just two loops that criss-cross around your body and a long sash. Right now I only need to use the two loops for a Kangaroo hold (shown above), but as she gets older I will need the sash to tie around for other carrying positions.
You don't NEED the small connecting loop, but I did make one because I want to keep them together so they don't get lost or anything. Hey, in this crazy house anything can happen!
I did use french seams for extra strength as the one tutorial suggested. French seams? That's right! Take THAT, middle school Home Ec. teacher! I didn't hem it though. I didn't feel like it and it isn't going to fray since it is knit fabric, so what does it matter? It doesn't.
Hannah will just snuggle up in this thing and go right to sleep. I am not kidding- the very first time I used it her eyes went shut the moment I put her in and she stayed sleeping for hours! And, yes, I can wear this thing for hours without getting a sore neck and back. See how cute she looks all scrunched up in there...
So, thank you to Taryn and Jen, for giving me the ideas to try this, and thank you to the ladies who posted helpful tutorials, too. Thanks to you, I have had many extra-productive hours already!