Baby Sling Patterns, DIY Baby Carrier Tutorials and Altering Ideas!
With these baby sling patterns you can sew a carrier from scratch or you can alter an existing one. Please know that altering carriers will void any manufacturer's warranty. Even if all you are doing is adding a small patch of pretty fabric or embroidering a design around the edges, the warranty will still be voided.
Getting crafty with your baby carriers and experimenting with baby sling patterns is a great way for the beginner to try out different carriers cheaply, or for the obsessed babywearer to make something incredibly unique and perfect for them. However, for complete beginners, I highly recommend at least trying on some different types of existing carriers first so you have an idea of what carriers you like and also how they are supposed to fit.
Check out thebabywearer.com for detailed explanations of styles of carriers, wearing instructions and to find a babywearing group near you.
Mei Tai Slipcover Pattern
Have a mei tai that you love but want a little variety? Can't afford to buy carriers to match each outfit even though you want to? Sew a quick and easy slipcover for your mei tai! This photo tutorial is all you need to get started and the instructions work with any mei tai brand.
Dyed Ergo Baby Carrier
I adored my Ergo baby carrier, but I never loved the look of it so I decided it needed a facelift. My plain cranberry and black Ergo was transformed from looking like a backpack to a plum and patterned fabric beauty! Complete dye instructions and pocket replacement instructions to re-vamp your Ergo or other soft structured carrier!
Interchangeable Panel Mei Tai
Complete instructions for sewing your very own mei tai carrier! Instructions are for sewing a mei tai with a removeable panel so you can have one carrier but it seems like you have several! You can pick a new panel insert for each day and each outfit, there is no need to be boring!
Make a Baby Wrap
No sewing required to make a comfy stretch cotton knit wrap which is perfect for newborns and those early cuddly months. Instructions includes tips for length and width. Don't pay full price for a stretchy cotton wrap, make your own!
Dye a Baby Wrap
Instructions for dyeing a baby wrap so you can get your perfect color. After all, you have to wear it so why not love the color? Photos and tips for getting the perfect color. Also includes resources for dyeing silk and wool carriers in addition to cotton, hemp and bamboo.
Homemade Baby Carrier Gallery
View all the wonderful submissions from readers for our DIY baby carrier contest! Homemade mei tais, wraps, soft structured carriers and DIY ring slings! Even though the contest has ended, you can still comment on your favorites and share your own homemade carrier project.