My Bunny Mei Tai
by Jennifer Killian
shown on right-hand side
I made this for Siobhan when I was pregnant with her. I had scored some fantastic Playboy Bunny fabric a few years ago, and have been holding onto it for just the right project. It is made by me, by a pattern that I drafted myself. It is the first fnished product of the tweaked patttern :)
The body of the carrier is a contoured shape, which I prefer for no-slip strap placement and for a bit of neck support to baby in the early months (I use MT's from birth). The bottom of the panel is slightly tapered for earlier "legs out" use while maintaining proper positioning. Outer fabric is a bright floral with Playboy bunny icons hidden in the print. I LOVE this..as the carrier looks very girly and pretty unless you know the bunnies are there...which I do, and LOVE the element of funkiness an uniqueness that it gives. There is a hidden stabalizing layer for internal reinforcement, with another center layer of fleece for light padding of the body and and inner layer of pink velour for snuggliness.
The sleeping hood is woven and velour,with a floral applique on the velour side to dress it up a bit when the hood isn't in use.The hood itself also has a countoured shape for optimal coverage when in use.
The straps are black for contrast, and also because I am rough (dirtiness-wise) on my carrier straps. The waist is 3 1/2" wide, the shoulder straps are 4" wide. The entire carrier is top-stitched in hot pink thread for contrast on the straps, and to pull it all together.
Some people have commented to me that they feel that Playboy fabric is highly innapropriate for a baby carrier, but I believe that becoming a mother, while my most important identity, is not my ONLY identity, and that this carrier is a great way for me to maintain some of my spunk while effectively parenting!