This weekend some friends and I are getting together to make one of my favorite one-hour projects: baby slings, specifically the kind called a Ring Sling.
Since I have ring slings on the brain, today’s Friday Feature is Baby Sling Materials. This mother-of-three uses her sling all the time. I don’t know how I would get out to the car with all three kids without one!
Next week I’ll be posting a mini-tutorial on how I make my baby slings, but for now, let’s just focus on those beautiful fabrics available online and in your local fabric store.
Some things to look for when shopping for Baby Sling fabric:
- 100% cotton is a good choice. Light linens also work great, and sateen cottons are my favorite. I’m sure there are many other fabrics that would work well (people use silk, double gauze, you name it) but cotton or lightweight linen are my favorite. You need something sturdy, but not too heavy.
- Choose a fabric that is 42″ to 45″ wide. This will provide plenty of room for the baby in your sling. Quilting cottons almost always fall in this range.
- You need 2.25 to 2.5 yards of fabric. I personally prefer slings made with 2.5 yards of fabric, but 2.25 is totally do-able for a petite person. It will just leave you with a shorter “tail.”
- If you prefer prints over solids, look for something with a large-scale pattern. Small prints are too busy on a baby sling. Remember this will cover quite a bit of your outfit. My rule of thumb: pick something you would wear as a dress. Also remember you will use this every day with every outfit you own. The colors should be versatile.
Here are some of my favorite prints out there right now for baby slings:
First up, from Sandi Henderson’s new line Secret Garden (Michael Miller) are these beautiful bouquets:
|Fresh Cut Fowers in Speckle|
This blue and the yellow below will become baby slings tomorrow.
|Fresh Cut Flowers in Maize|
These color choices are also beautiful. The red on blue kind of takes my breath away. 🙂
|Fresh Cut Flowers Moss|
|Fresh Cut Flowers Paprika|
If you’re looking for something more neutral, try something from “Curious Nature” by Parson Gray (who is actually Amy Butler’s husband David Butler):
|Cocoons Brush Green|
|Cocoons Brush Tin Grey|
If you’re looking for something subtle in neutral colors, but with a bit more femininity check out this print from Pat Bravo with Art Gallery fabrics:
Or for something a little brighter, try these Tossed Daisies from Michael Miller’s Citron Gray collection:
|Optic Blossom Linen|
|Lotus Wall Flower in Cherry|
For a baby girl:
|Floating Buds in Ivory|
This is a beautiful brown/olive:
|Lotus Lacework in Olive|
|Daisy Chain Clematis Forest|
|Lark Glamour Ivy Bloom Cinder Grey|
Lastly, I found these beautiful fabrics at my local Joanne’s store. These are cotton sateens, which I’ve found make striking, and easy-to-adjust baby slings.
|Baby Sling: Caila-Made|