Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Make Your Own Ring Sling

I've been asked several times lately for a pattern for sewing a simple ring sling. Though the are very popular for being versatile and adjustable, I have to admit I never even owned or used a ring sling when Ruby was a baby! A friend gave me a set of rings so that I could try sewing my own sling and since I had some fabulous fabric on hand, I made one recently that I have been using with Clay. I have now "upcycled" an old college tapestry (the gauzy hippir style you see hanging on walls) twice for babywearing purposes and I am so thrilled with both outcomes! You can see me wearing Ruby as a baby in a front carry woven wrap that I made by simply cutting the tapestry down the middle and sewing the ends together to make the required 6 yards of fabric. Underneath that, you can see it transformed into a ring sling!! It is such an easy project, even for a beginning sewer. You can use a variety of fabrics in different styles and prints - you can even try recycling a pretty bed sheet!


To make your own simple ring sling, you will need a set of aluminum rings, sold at Please don't use plastic rings or something you rig up from items around your house - these rings hold your precious babe's weight and need to be strong! You will need between 2 - 2.5 yards of sturdy fabric (not quilting cotton or other thin material). There are several simple patterns available online. I followed Maya Wrap's Pattern. 

Check these sites for more info on fabric selection and patterns! 

1 comment:

Susanne and Dan said...

I was just going to comment that Clay looked exactly like Ruby did as a baby in that photo, and then read the post and realized it was Ruby! And your skirt post is too adorable! I can't believe how grown up she is!