How to make a baby carrier: DIY baby wrap tutorial

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As a parent, you think what’s best for your child, isn’t it? You want your little baby close to you to take care of it. So, let’s make it clear for those who don’t know what a baby carrier is.

A baby carrier is a soft, padded carrier that you use to carry your baby on your back or hip. In simple words, it’s called baby wearing. It’s an ancient technique that has been practiced for centuries in different cultures.

Also, there can be confusion between a baby sling and a carrier. An example can clear you out of that confusion. So, a sling is like a wrap. A piece of fabric by which you wrap your baby around your body. The main difference is that it is secured with a ring.

Let’s move on to our main topic, “How to make a baby carrier.” In this comprehensive article, we will learn how to make your own baby carrier, which carrier is easy to make, which is comfier for your baby, and other essentials.

Here is a table of contents given to help you through the article:

Materials Needed for Your DIY Baby Wrap

It’s difficult to do your daily affairs when you’re holding your baby the whole day. That’s where a baby sling or carrier makes a wildcard entry. Wearing a sling keeps your baby close to your body and can help you free up your hands, allowing you to do some necessary work at a glance.

Materials Needed for Your DIY Baby Wrap 

There are a lot of reasons to make your baby a carrier. One of them is the cost. Carriers can get expensive, but the materials required to make one can be cheap or expensive, as per your choice.

There are an appreciable amount of baby carriers, but DIY carriers let’s you save a little money and personalize them.

A DIY no-sew baby carrier is arguably the best option. Easy to make, affordable, and customizable, these features make it a great option for you to choose. Some things that are needed for your DIY wrap are given below:

  • 3-4 yards of woven fabric at least 45 inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape

Make sure to buy or use good-quality fabric that doesn’t cause any unwanted problems, like tearing or stretching. In the next stage, we are going to talk about choosing the right fabric that fits your budget and gives a good output.

Choose the right fabric for comfort and safety.

It’s a matter of whether the material you use to make a baby wrap carrier is strong enough to carry your baby’s weight and also create a breathable environment for your newborn.

Don’t use anything too stretchy for your baby to wear, like a jersey or stretchy fabric. Some of the jerseys will lose their shape because the materials used in them are not good. Also, there are some kinds of fabrics that are not that strong to support your baby’s weight. Such as muslin and quilting fabrics. Avoid using slippery fabrics.

Cotton is the most used fabric. It’s so light on the skin, breathable, soft, and comfortable. Because baby skin is very delicate, using cotton will be best for such sensitive skin. Cotton also dries quickly and absorbs so fast.

Four popular models of carriers

Four popular models of carriers are shown below:

  • Soft-structured carrier
  • Wrap
  • Sling
  • Mei Tai

To make it interesting, you can choose some bright color types, like banana yellow. You can even make matching clothes for your baby.

Measure and cut your fabric.

So, already, we know which fabric is good and which is bad for your baby. In this tutorial-based article, you will get a decent idea about the fabrics, how to tie a baby wrap, the types of carriers, moby wrap, woven wrap, etc.

The ideal fabric width is 45–60 inches wide. For instance, if you wear a 2x, you’d add 54 to 2.5 yards of fabric for a total of 4 years. You’ll need about 2–3 yards of fabric that’s at least 36 inches wide. If you’re plus-sized, add 18 inches of material for every size above a US large to ensure that you get a comfortable fit.

You are making your own baby wrap, so you can make it wider or narrower. It depends on how high on your chest you want your baby or how thicker the fabric you want, if the fabric covers your body, if you are not wearing your baby, etc.

Some points are given below to keep an eye on:

  • Measure your height to determine your length.
  • Cut the fabric to the desired length and width.
  • Hem edges to prevent fraying.
  • Wash and dry to pre-shrink.

Thus, it’s known to everyone that cotton shrinks after washing and drying. If you give it time to pre-shrink, it will be easy for the first time to make as per expertise. Using the remaining fabric, you can start making it.

Fold and tie your no-sew baby wrap.

In this stage, you need to follow the following steps to make a perfect no-sew baby wrap:

  • Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.

Collect a piece of woven fabric over 2.5 yards in length. This can be any piece of fabric, such as a tablecloth or sheet, that matches your body type.

  • Tie a knot at one side of the fabric.

Now, place your fabric flat against your back and pull the shorter side over your one shoulder.

  • Put on a wrap like a scarf.

Gather that side evenly on top of your shoulder. After that, wrap the longer side under your other arm and also gather it evenly.

  • Fan out the fabric and position the baby safely.

Ensure the sling is wrapped all the way under your baby’s knees and all the way up to their neck, so they’ll be secure. Supporting the baby’s neck is very important because of the baby’s body pressure. The head is the heaviest part of a baby’s body, and it takes time for a baby to learn how to support it.

  • Pull the fabric tight and arrange it in pleats across the body.

Pull the longer side up over your chest, then bind it with two overhand knots the same as the first knot you made.

  • Wrap the remaining fabric around the body and over the baby.

After it’s done twice, loosen the fabric over your chest and place your baby high on your shoulder, then slide the fabric under their bottom and over their back.

  • Tie off or tuck in the end.

When they’re set, tighten the knot so the fabric is snug around your baby.

On the 4th step, make sure your baby is covered by the fabric and there is enough fabric to make your favorite baby sling design. 

Getting the Perfect Fit for You and Your Baby

Getting the perfect fit for you and your baby is so important. Any loose fabric might cause your baby to slump down, which could restrict breathing. If you do some stretchy wraps, it will be uncomfortable for the wearer. It may feel suffocating to the baby. Your baby’s back should be supported in a natural position, with their tummy and chest against you. When wrapping, support your baby with one hand behind their back. Bend at the knees, not at the waist. In this section, we will briefly discuss how getting the perfect fit for you and your baby is important.

  • Allow enough fabric to fully cover the baby without posing a trip hazard.

Ensure the carrier is appropriate for different seasons and won’t make your baby overheat in the warmer months. Stop using the carrier when your baby feels too heavy or uncomfortable to carry safely.

  • Make sure the fabric supports the baby’s neck or head.

As said before, the baby’s bottom side is not mature enough to support its head. It’s the upper part, which means the head is weighted higher than the bottom part. If the fabric doesn’t support the baby’s neck, it can cause the baby to suffer.

  • The fabric should be snug but allow airflow.

Don’t make a ‘womb like’ or ‘like a cocoon’. These can cover your baby’s face or force them into a fatal position. This increases the risk of suffocation and overheating.

  • The baby’s chin should be able to touch the chest.

Make sure your baby’s chin is away from their body. Your baby should never be curled so that their chin is forced onto their chest. This can block breathing.

  • Able to kiss their head.

There should be enough space between you and your baby. You can adjust the fit whenever you want. Your baby should be close enough to your chin that, by tipping their head forward, you can easily kiss their head.

  • Adjust the fit as the baby grows.

It’s a fun fact about a DIY baby wrap. You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply looking down. Ensure your baby’s face, nose, and mouth remain uncovered by the sling or your body.

Safely and Comfortably Carry Baby in Your Wrap

A baby carrier allows you to hold your baby, keeping your hands free to tend to your other duties around the house. With it, you can multitask. Run after your older child, wear your little one during errands, and even get your baby to sleep. All while keeping your baby in your arms.

  • Newborns: facing in, head above fabric, hips in a deep pocket
  • Older babies: forward-facing out, seated position.
  • Ensure the baby’s face is always visible.
  • Baby’s legs should be in M position—hips spread, knees above the bottom.
  • Monitor your breathing and temperature.
  • Distribute weight evenly across shoulders.
  • Take breaks as needed.

Here is a table about which of the carriers you need to make for your baby.

Carrier TypeSize
Stretchy WrapsNewborn to 4-6 months
Hybrid WrapsNewborn to 1 Year
Woven WrapsFrom newborn to toddler
Ring SlingsFrom newborn to toddler
Soft-structured carriersFrom newborn to toddler

Caring for Your DIY Baby Wrap

Taking care of your DIY baby wrap is a must. If your baby has a dust allergy, it will be difficult for the baby to wear a dirty sling.

  • Machine wash on a warm, gentle cycle.
  • Hang or lay flat to dry.
  • Avoid bleach, hot water, and high-heat drying.

Cleanliness is very important in this case. If you do have a washing machine, then use a warm, gentle cycle. It’s very easy to dry. Like normal clothes, use the natural process of hanging or lying flat that fabric to dry it up.

Read More About: Baby Carrier Washing Tutorial

Liquid chlorine bleach can damage delicate fabrics like silk, wool, leather, and many synthetics. Before you bleach your whites, take a moment to check each care tag and confirm the clothes are bleach-safe. If there are any special instructions on the care tag, always follow those directions. Source: wikiHow.

In spite of having prons like effectiveness in removing grime from soiled clothing and being the best option for sanitizing fabrics, hot water may damage, shrink, or fade certain fabrics (Source A. Borrelli Mechanical).

High heat might dry everything faster, but it’s also a surefire way to damage certain types of fabrics beyond repair. (Source: SpinXpress Laundry)

That’s why I won’t recommend you high-heat dry your fabric for a short time.

These are the precautions to take for your DIY baby wrap.

Troubleshooting Common Baby Wrap Problems

On the way to make a baby sling, you can face various problems like fabric slipping, uneven positioning, overheating etc. We are here with a troubleshooter. Troubleshooting the common wrapping problems found in general:  

  • Fabric slipping – tighten fit, use grip tape on shoulders.
  • Uneven positioning – adjust fabric, distribute weight.
  • Neck/head support – more fabric near neck, higher tie
  • Overheating – use thinner fabric, ventilate.
  • Restricted movement – allow looser fit, leg openings.

We have provided here some casual baby wrap problems. If you face any other type of problems don’t hesitate to contact with us. Use the given Mail, Facebook or Twitter account to contact with us. One of our admins will be there to help you throughout your problem.

FAQ About how to make a baby carrier :

What types of fabric should I avoid using?

Avoid stretchy, slippery fabrics like jersey, muslin, or quilting fabrics. Opt for cotton, linen, or hemp.

How much fabric do I need for a baby wrap?

You’ll need 2-3 yards of fabric at least 36 inches wide. Add more yardage for plus sizes.

What are the benefits of making my own carrier?

DIY carriers are affordable, customizable, and allow you to choose fabric type and pattern.

How do I ensure proper neck support for my baby?

Use enough fabric to fully support the baby’s head and neck. The fabric should come up to their ears or higher.

What are signs my baby is overheating in the wrap?

Look for flushed skin, excessive sweating, and irritability as signs of overheating. Use thinner fabric or ventilate.

How can I prevent uneven positioning?

Adjust the fabric distribution and tighten the knots to keep the baby centered and supported.

What if the fabric slips while carrying my baby?

Tighten the knots and use grip tape or padding on your shoulders to prevent sliding.
 

How do I safely carry newborns versus older babies?

Newborns face inward; older babies can face out. Ensure proper head, neck, and leg support for your age.

What are some no-sew carrier options besides wraps?

Ring slings, soft structured carriers, and mei tais are other no-sew carrier options.

Conclusion

Finally, the conclusion. In this how-to guide, we have learned straight away about carriers and making. You may sew around and make a carrier, but a no-sew one is easy and less time-consuming.

You may need extra fabric, or you may have to leave one or another half inch to match your sizes. We have tried our best to give you an idea about the fabrics, some problems, and solutions to making a no-sew carrier.

In this short end part, I would like to tell you that in life you should try making it once. It is a fun experience, especially for housewives, as it is a cheap product and customizable to your liking.

The baby carrier market size is estimated at USD 570.70 million in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 876.88 million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.97% during the forecast period (2024–2029) (Source: Mordor Intelligence). So, there is a chance for the housewives to start their own business by making and selling these products.

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I'm Neesha, a babywearing expert. For over 10 years, I've helped families at my store find the perfect carrier and discover the benefits of babywearing. My experience guides families on their babywearing journey. I provide excellent service and educate on the joys of babywearing.

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