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Lighthouse Mei Tai (DIY)

by Esther
(New Zealand)

I made this mei tai from scratch, with some fabric I found that I had fallen in love with. I just adore lighthouses, they stand for light in the darkness, guidance and a beacon in the storm.

So I bought the fabric, at first not too sure what to make out of it.

My first 'plan' was to use the BBO pattern but in the end it turned out a bit different. (E.g. I added the curved headrest. But like a BBO, there's no padding in this Mei Tai.)

The top straps are wide enough to be comfy without any padding. I used a soft blue peach drill fabric for the straps and plain side of the carrier.

I made the waist straps straight to start off with but that didn't suit me or my DS at all. He has a long upper body and it was a disaster.

So out came the seamripper and I redid the waist straps on an angle, like the waist straps on a Kozy. That works far better for this carrier!

The final touch were the little boats on the ends of the waist straps. Sorry, these don't show up in the pic, but they are there.

It turned out to be a comfy Mei Tai! Because there's no padding, it's not too hot and ideal for summer.

And I still LOVE the lighthouses.

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Apr 17, 2008
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Gorgeous MT
by: Heather

Beautiful MT Esther, great description and it ws obviously a labor of love. :)

Apr 17, 2008
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Rock on! :)
by: Lori :)

Way to go Esther!!! :)

Apr 17, 2008
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Inspired
by: Cheryl

Not only well made but inspired as well.

If only more MT's were like this.

Apr 17, 2008
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Love the fabric!
by: Anonymous

This looks great Esther!

Apr 17, 2008
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Lighting the way!
by: Kirsty

What an original and happy MT Esther! Love it. Nice work!! :)

Apr 16, 2008
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Nice!! :-)
by: Anonymous

Very nice MT!

Apr 16, 2008
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Very cool!
by: sling_dad

Great job Esther!

Apr 16, 2008
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Well done!
by: Mel

I love it Esther! Well done :)

Apr 16, 2008
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Lovely!
by: Anonymous

Lovely & a great entry too, thanks for writing in detail what you did and how you customized it so it is just perfect for you. :)

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