Saturday, 17 May 2014

Sew crafty - quick and easy dolly mei tai carrier

If you dont know I am  baby wearer. I started with a wrap and now have a ring sling too whilst lusting after a few more. Recently the Huggable one wanted to wear her dolly too so we tried out a scarf but it wasnt comfy at all so mama decided to whip one up. I had a good look on the net at different types and thought the easiest to sew for me and for the girlie to play with would be a mei tai variety. So armed with some zebra print cotton and my trusty sewing machine we got our sew on! I thought I'd share it with you all.

Step 1 -
Cut strips of fabric to make straps and seat
2x waist straps 3 inches wide and 16 inches long
2x shoulder straps 3 inches wide and 32 inches long
1x rectangle for seat 15 inches wide and 36 inches long
You then need to fold the strap pieces in half length wise with the good side facing in and the seat in half width wise. Like this

Step 2-
Take your straps and sew around three sides leaving either the top or bottom open. Then using a knitting needle turn the straps right way round.

 Your pieces should now look like this.

 Step 3- Now it gets a little confusing.Open out your seat and at the top corners place the open/unfinished ends of your long straps and loop them like this.

 Step 4 - Take the waist straps and lay the unfinished ends in the side corners of the middle or at your fold if your pressed your fabric. You should now have something that looks like this.

 Step 5 - Gather the loose ends of your straps and pin in a bunch at the centre like this

 Step 6 - Fold the other half of your seat up over the straps and leaving a gap around your bunch of straps sew all around.

Step 7 - Turn everything all the right way round and your straps should now be attached in corners and you should have a small opening like this. Simple sew all around your seat closing this.

Step 8 - Now sew a large cross over your seat for a bit more stability.

Step 9 - Get your pj clad toddler to model! You simply tie the waist bands around your child above the bum and form a cross on the back using the shoulder straps bringing them under the armpits and then tie under dollys bum on your childs belly.

The back should look like this.

Next enjoy a lovely walk with your toddler without struggling with toy buggies etc

I hope you enjoyed it, let me know if you try it!

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