Slung Low 2

As promised, a bit more detail about the sling I finished last night. It’s this one, McCalls’ M5678.

Inside is one of my teaching babies. They are great as they are (a) light, (b) don't nurse constantly and (c) never poo.
Inside is one of my teaching babies. They are great as they are (a) light, (b) don’t nurse constantly and (c) never poo.

I was thinking about making a gift for my nephew. He was born in the US to British parents and he is visiting, parents in tow, next week. I saw Amy’s version and immediately thought this might be suitable.

I made up View B, which is what I’d call a mei tai carrier.

Here I am, stress testing the carrier with a child that is far too big for it.
Here I am, stress testing the carrier with a child that is far too big for it.

I used home dec weight cotton from Ikea, with a sort of botanical print. This is because the sling is intended for my newest nephew, who is called Moss. I used green fleece for the inside, and found a green cotton sheet on sale there for £3, which I used for the contrast on the inside.

Overall, apart from cutting out several very, very long straight pieces (straight lines are not really my forte), this is a fairly simple make.

Lots of long, long, long straps. Like sewing curtains but less boring.
Lots of long, long, long straps. Like sewing curtains but less boring.

There are no head scratching moments. I double stitched every seam I could for extra security, but as you can see from the photos, it carried a 5 year old without disintegrating so I think it can handle a 3 month old. The major challenge, as it turned out, was needles. I snapped two in quick succession, I think due to forcing them through about six layers of thick fabric. I even used a walking foot but it was still a bit of a struggle. I used emerald coloured thread as I thought it would be a jolly contrast, but it just looks black, and the struggle of getting through all that material meant the topstitching is not nearly as straight and nice as I would like. So jolly contrast topstitching is not something I would recommend unless you have one of those amazing atommic powered machines that can sew through cast iron.

Slowly travelling down my back. At this point we were both keen for her to get down.
Slowly travelling down my back. At this point we were both keen for her to get down.

I used to carry the girl in a Baby Hawk mei tai. It was ideal for me, it packed up very small for trips into town when she was almost too old for a buggy but still needed to be carried from time to time. I lent the Baby Hawk to my next door neighbour for a trip away, and when they got back I had a very awkward conversation about its return, realising that in fact my neighbour had thought it was a gift, not a loan, I was terribly embarrassed and that was that for the Baby Hawk. I was never really a habitual baby carrier and because of my small stature, found that most didn’t suit me. I wasn’t saftig enough, tall enough or broad shouldered enough. I was no goods mule, as I put it. But the mei tai was flexible enough to fit me and the straps distributed the weight very comfortably across my hips.

Apparently you can nurse in these using a front carry. Don’t ask me how, I assume you must have to have prehensile boobs.

I also, because I am trying for Best Auntie 2015, made a nappy bag and changing mat. It’s not that I don’t think they have such things, it’s more that it matches and I had the fabric left over. The mat is just some ripstop nylon with Hello Kitty on it that I bought from Plush Addict yonks ago, sandwiched between some fleece and a bit of leftover botanical print and edged with grosgrain ribbon.

Teaching dolly says Hello!
Teaching dolly says Hello!

The bag is a messenger bag using this tutorial, a template made of A3 paper and I used leftover fleece instead of batting.

Bag.
Bag.

Because I had fleece and absolutely did not have batting.

The changing mat nestles inside.
The changing mat nestles inside.

2 thoughts on “Slung Low 2”

  1. it looks great! I love the model lol That’s good to know its sturdy :) I hear you on the long boring straps, they went on forever. The needle situation I can see happening because it’s so many darn layers. I’m surprised I didn’t have the same issue.

    1. Confession: I used ball point jersey needles because they were the only ones I had! Lesson duly learned. The baby has just arrived in Heathrow, I will have to see if he likes it 😁

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