Denim strapped toddler carrier with Koto Pink fabric
by Jennifer L
My 1 year old Claire and I
This is my second ever DIY, and by far my favorite of all time carrier.
I used Christmasevetwins (Kristen's) tutorial online and then altered EVERYTHING to fit my needs, I extended the waist padding out into the sides a little *using nu foam*, widened the bottom and top straps to 6 inches(so I can wear it non apron style) and 5.5 for the top. The strap length is custom fitted for me to do a front carry, lexi, and tie off in the back. The width of the carrier varies, at the base its 19 inches and then tapers in so that my daughters arms can easily get out, then curves back up to the shoulder straps, the hood is wider and different shape.
The outside fabric is Koto Pink by Alexander Henry, and inside is Blue hearts minkee (from Joann's), the denim straps are the comfiest and offer a ton of support without being scratchy.
Trying to read and follow instructions is so hard for me...I mean I must have read through them 200 times, and then an extra 100 just trying to figure out the hood!!!!Also, I broke a few needles (or more), had to run back to the store for more good thread, Stayed up too late to finish it at night, and learned a lot about the necessity to iron and to pin. I wouldn't change a thing on this carrier, its my go to carrier and I have sold off a few others just to keep making more carriers (for me and my sisters to use)
Next time I think I might make the shoulder straps come in about a 1/4 of an inch more just so that I don't worry they will slip off my shoulders. If you have decent sewing skills, totally give it a try!!!! Just make sure to slow slowly and IRON IRON IRON!!!!
I made this carrier because I wanted to try out a toddler carrier but surely didn't have $200 to drop on one and then it didn't work for me. I spent about $40 on this carrier and its my favorite EVER! I still can't believe I can do it truthfully...it amazes me(seriously it is safe though, I made sure everything was reinforced and tried it out with my preschooler before letting the baby ride).