Do you see this look a lot? I sure do.
Here, in case you're not familiar with this particular look, let me translate:
"HEY! What the? MAMA! Pick me up! Put down that (insert one of the following: camera, laundry, sandwich, brother, shovel, makeup, fabric, and so on and so forth) and HOLD ME! Mama? Mama!! It's an emergency! I might die! Hold me!"
Yes, this is why we call this little man my barnacle. Because, seriously, he is more addicted to his mama than I am to sugar. And that's saying a lot.
So on that note, I finally broke down and made a baby sling. I have no idea what took me so long, it was ridiculously easy. Seriously.
I must digress for a moment, because I'm sure you're eyeing that hair of his. I know, I know, it's rather Trump-esque. I just can't bring myself to cut it yet. Cutting it means he's probably going to lose the curls (I swear, it's curly, not just long and fuzzy), and I can't let that happen. Not on my watch.
OK, back to sewing. You're going to think I'm crazy, but I couldn't quite find a tutorial that fit the bill 100%, so I kind of used 3 tutorials to guide me in my sewing.
The first one I found was from Dabbled. Now, let me say something about this tutorial. See how she says you should buy 2 yards of fabric? Then she shows a picture of 2 nicely folded pieces of fabric. Being an idiot and not following the rule of "measure twice, cut once", I thought that surely meant 1 yard each of 2 prints, so you get a reversible design. So I cut 1 yard each of 2 prints. Then I figured out that, no, you need 2 continuous yards. Dumb! Anyway, what I like about this design is that she uses a 2 yard piece folded in half for extra holding power. The instructions were slightly less than clear, however, which is why I got a second opinion . . .
I found the second tutorial at Sling Your Baby. Best of all, it's a video! Yay, it's so easy to see exactly what is going on! I didn't follow this exactly, as I used one print folded over instead of 2 prints sewn together, but I found it wonderfully helpful. She even shows you what a french seam is (I didn't even know there was such a thing) and how to make one (super easy!).
I found the last tutorial at My Karma Baby. It's helpful because it almost fell between the two above. It's a sling made from one cut of fabric, not doubled over. It just helped clear up what I'm supposed to do, and I preferred the measurements she provided.
So give it a try! If you don't have a baby, you know someone who does. It takes 2 yards of fabric (or if you want your interior to be a different fabric, 4 yards, but it makes 2 slings), one cut, a few simple and almost straight stitches, and less than an hour. Perfect.