Savvy Kids partnered with Cynthia East Fabrics (1523 Rebsamen Park Rd., Little Rock; 501-663-0460) to make this months’ Savvy Project. Stop in to find trendy fabrics, get tips from their experts and become inspired!
- 2 Yards of Fabric (should be at least 44 inches wide)
- Matching Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Measuring Tape
- Fabric Marking Pen
Prior to making your sling, you will need to get some measurements from the person you are making it for. Measure from the right shoulder to the left hip bone, where the baby will sit. Unfold your fabric and cut it lengthwise. It should measure 2 yards by 22 inches. Put one piece aside for future use or another sling.
Next, fold your fabric lengthwise once, then fold it in half widthwise. Make sure the open sides are facing up and to the right.
On the top, open side, measure from the fold to your hip to shoulder measurement. You will want to ad a ½ inch to this measurement.
Now measure along the bottom from the fold to the next measurement and mark. Take the original measurement and add three inches to it. After marking both measurements, you will want to cut from the bottom to the top with a curve.
Unfold your fabric and heat up your iron. Measure a ¼ of an inch fold using your measuring gauge on the length of your fabric. Iron this fold down on both sides.
Fold this over again and iron down an additional ¼ of an inch on both sides.
Sew down the fold on top and bottom.
With the sides sewn and finished, fold the fabric in half widthwise with the right side of the fabric facing up. Make sure you adjust your stitch width to a tight stitch. This will increase the strength of the seam.
Sew along the curve a ¼ of an inch in.
Turn the sling inside out. You are going to sew along the curve above the seam you just made. This will encase the previous seam.
Finally, open up the sling and sew down this encased seam to the front or back of the fabric.
Pictured above is the finished baby sling! Drop by Cynthia East Fabrics to browse the many available patterns, ask any questions about this project, or just get to know the staff and store!