I made my first slings! Am very proud. And economical. Am wonderful wife and mother.
The black one is made out of solarveil which is this interesting mesh-type fabric that blocks UV rays. Actually I originally wanted something just to shade the stroller. Then I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and make a sling? It could be a shade AND have other uses. More thriftiness from moi! And I am not usually thrifty so this is unusually cool of me. This sling can be used in the shower, should I get desperate, and the pool if the need should ever arise. We ARE going to Florida in October after all!
The batik sling was a bit of a splurge (the picture is messed up, got the sizing wrong, but oh well, it’s hard to take pictures of yourself!). I wanted an unpadded sling though as my padded one is too bulky to carry around and a bit hot now that it is summer. And it’s soooo pretty, I think. I mean if you’re going to wrap something around you it might as well be pretty, right? Nathan seems to like it too! He played with it after I took it off. I made the tail extra long as a coverup for nursing. I might even put a pocket at the end. Who knows where my crafty deeds may take me!
As an aside, I used the shoulder patterns from Sleeping Baby. It works really well although if I make any more I have an improvement in mind. The solarveil sling uses the body idea from Baby Space Slings in that it’s a pouch/sling hybrid. I wanted to make sure that Boo had a better “seat” as he likes to stand up and I didn’t want him to slip out in the shower or pool! And finally, should you wish to make one of your own, I got the aluminum rings from Sling Rings.