How to Make a Wrap for Baby Wearing

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If you're interested in "wearing your baby", you've probably looked into baby wraps. These are long strips of breathable cotton or cotton blends that have a small amount of give. Commercial versions, such as the Moby wrap, sell for $40online, with some costing as much as $100 or more. You can easily make one these wraps at home, for yourself and a friend, for less than $20.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 to 7 yards of cotton/poly-cotton blend fabric, preferably still on the bolt
  • Sharp scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Measure your fabric. Lay the tape measure on a flat surface. Line the end of the fabric up with the end of the tape measure. Unwind the fabric until it reaches the 1 yard (36") mark, fold it back. Repeat this process until you've measured the appropriate amount of fabric [see Tips].

  • Cut the excess fabric. Once you have the right amount measured, fold the fabric over once more and cut along the fold line.

  • Save the excess fabric. Even if you have a small amount, you can use it for a receiving blanket, quilt or some other sewing project.

  • Lay the fabric flat on the table. Identify the fold line from the bolt. This point is more or less the exact center of the fabric. Carefully cut straight down this line.

  • Fold the two pieces. Now you have two wraps that are of nearly identical size.

  • Give special thanks to this project's helper, 3 year old Sarah!

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase fabric on the bolt to keep the center line crisp.
  • Nearly any fabric will work. However, heavy or tightly woven fabrics will not wrap as easily and stretchy fabrics will not hold baby as tightly. Cotton t-shirt fabrics work well for warmer months, and polar fleece can be used in extremely cold weather.
  • Use 5 yards if you are a size 12 or under.
  • Use 6 yards if you are a size 12 to a size 20.
  • Use 7 yards if you are over a size 20.
  • If you are unsure of how many yards to use, look up the instructions for the wrap technique you're planning to use. Measure your body with a seamstress tap measure as if you were wrapping the fabric to get a rough estimate of how much you'll need.
  • 60" fabric can be cut into thirds to produce three 20" wide wraps.
  • Wash loosely woven all cotton fabrics before cutting. Although this will remove the center line, these fabrics may shrink when washed. Your unwashed 6 yards of cotton may be 5.5 yards after a wash.
  • Photo Credit Rebecca Mastey
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