I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.
Due to an order snafu I ended up with some free cotton canvas. I am due with #2 this summer an thought a mei tai would be a good idea, so here is my first attempt. The pattern I drafted seems a bit big, luckily I have enough fabric to make more then one. I mostly used this tutorial.
Black body/ties – light weight canvas
Decretive fabric – Ikea hippo print cotton
Padding – scrap sweat shirt fleece.
See photos for progress
Done! Fits my 3 year old well but I do think it is a bit big for an infant. May look at adjusting the body measurements a bit.
Update: The wee boy is here! I did end up making a slightly smaller one and it has been fantastic. I have a little boy who does not want to be put down so having a light weight carrier has been a life saver. Heck I’m typing while wearing him now.
Fabric cut -Cotton canvas & printed Ikea cotton
Insted of quilting the padding I embroidered it
Pile of ties ready for turning and pressing
Finished ties – How I love my industrial sewing machine, it took all the odd layers like it was nothing
Body marked for adding ties
Ties bundled for easier handling and sewn to body
Body sewn, clipped and pressed ready for turning
Turned, pressed and ready for topstitching
Done! Strap reinforceed
Works well! My 3 year old comfortably fits on my back even with me being 6 months pregnant. (Please excuse the bad selfie, she didn’t want to be photographed, I had to be quick!)
The wee boy tied on
and snuggled in