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KarriMeBub Soft Structured Carrier

by Karen
(Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

This is the first Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) that I have ever made (I've only made two so far). I had decided to make it after trying out my sister's Ergo carrier and found that it was really supportive and comfortable and perfect except for the fact that the height of the Ergo body was not tall enough for a back arching bubs.

I made this SSC from scratch. It has been made similar to the Ergo but with the height/width and hood of my own KarriMeBub brand Mei Tai (which I've made but not marketed/sold much).

I used a soft but medium weight denim fabric for the body and shoulder straps and a cotton oriental fabric for the lining of the body and the hood.

One layer of dense foam from a camping mat was used for the padding in the waist and some softer (but not too soft) foam for the shoulder strap padding. On hind sight, a slightly denser foam for the shoulders (but not as dense as the camping mat) could probably have been used. I would have loved to try using memory foam but unfortunately for me, it doesn't seem to be as readily available here.

I made the pocket with a side zip but decided to use the oriental fabric for the depth of the pocket to break up the denim a bit and to give it a bit more colour!

Finally to finish it off, I ironed on a motif that says "Baby on Board" for a laugh as well as a help to hopefully prevent people from bumping into bubs and I, especially when I have baby on my back (which seemed to occur quite a fair bit!).

This SSC turned out better than I had expected (my sister has also been eyeing it and has been asking me to make one for her too!).

The next SSC I make, I will try making the shoulder straps curved instead of straight to see if that adds extra comfort.

Best thing is that my 8.5 month old loves it and with the big roomy hood up, sleeps very comfortably in it too.

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Apr 02, 2010
Love Your Baby Carrier

I Love your baby carrier. My baby is due in May and I was hoping to get the pattern from you or sell or make me one. I live in the United States. You can contact me @

Nov 20, 2008

I was wondering if you would consider making/selling one to me? i can be contacted via email

May 10, 2008
How cool
by: SeneLi

what a great comfortable looking baby carrier. can't wait to try it on my 4 month old who is already close to 11 kgs! The current one is getting a bit tight. This one looks roomy...

Apr 25, 2008
Fantastic work!
by: Anonymous

So impressive, Karen! Looks very comfy for both baby and wearer.

Apr 22, 2008
Gets my vote!
by: Erika

This one gets my vote because I enjoy reading how you made it. I'm sorry, but I don't like the entries with only a few sentences. I want details! As a mama new to babywearing I'm not down with all the lingo yet so it was nice to read your explanation and very helpful!

Apr 22, 2008
Awesome carrier!
by: Georgie

I am the lucky recipient of the twin of this carrier :)

It's lovely and comfortable with my 15kg, 93cm 2 year old, even though I'm 29 weeks pregnant. My favourite part is the attention to the small details - the zippered pocket, the embellishment, the sleeping hood, the elastic as 'insurance' on the straps. A very professional looking carrier!

Apr 22, 2008
Love the mods
by: Becca

So you actually found a way to prevent back arching tots In an Ergo? Maybe I'll order the next one after Denise! :)

Love your detailed submission, hope you win!

Apr 21, 2008
by: Nikki

Really gorgeous, K :)

Apr 21, 2008
by: Rachael

Excellent job. Will make many babies comfortable in it. Keep up the good work.

Apr 18, 2008
by: Anonymous

What a wonderful entry with detailed explaination of what you did. It looks great and really inspires me to try one of these out.


Apr 18, 2008
Well done!!
by: Mel

Wow, this looks super comfy! Well done :)

Apr 18, 2008
What a beauty!!!
by: Esther

Karen, what a wonderful SSC!!!
Just beautiful! You're so clever :-)

Apr 18, 2008
by: Bron

That looks fantastic, Karen. How talented you are!

Apr 18, 2008
Great job!
by: sling_dad

Another very talented Aussie mama! Bub definitely looks comfy in there. :) Nice job!

Apr 17, 2008
Baby carrier
by: Denise Seow

Thumbs up to my sister for making this baby carrier! It's really easy to use and the beauty of it is that she has modified the design so that it is longer and can support baby's neck and shoulders better. I use it on my 17 month toddler and he loves it and falls asleep in it. I have an ergo baby carrier and absolutely love it except that the main body is a little short so good on you sis! Thankfully there's one creative one in our family!!

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