Plus-Sized Pea-Bean-Baby Woven Wrap
by Sherri Sevegney
(Long Island, NY)
Mom and Dad Wrapping in Action
I was shocked at the $100 plus price tag on woven wraps on the market and thought, "This is too easy to make. Why on earth would anyone pay that price?"
After extensive internet research, I decided that a woven wrap was best for my baby(she was about 4-5 months old at the time)and headed off to the fabric stores.
I went straight to the clearance bin and found this beautiful woven cotton/rayon blend for $3.99/yard.
Since my husband and I are both plus-sized and both wanted to use the wrap, I bought 6 yards of material to make my wrap, giving me two wraps for under $25
Once I got it home, I simply cut it up the middle length-wise to make two separate wraps. I left one as-is (shown in picture) and I hemmed the edges of the other wrap for a more finished look.
I liked the look of the frayed edges (rather Bohemian) on my unfinished wrap so I pretty much used that one exclusively. The embroidered threads in the weave of the fabric prevented the wrap from fraying too much.
The black background with multicolored threads woven into it made it so versatile. It went with just about everything I wore. Best of all, it didn't show any stains
and was ultra-washable.
My daughter is now two and I have a new three-month old. I've just transitioned her into the wrap which is still in like-new condition after several hundred trips through the wash.
My favorite thing about the wrap is its ease of use for the frequent traveler. All three of my kids have been born in different states so we are no strangers to moving and flying around the country. Airport authority allows me to keep my girl safe in the wrap while going through security. When I had a ring sling, they used to make me take her out of it and run the sling through the x-ray machine. Now, I can keep her tucked safely inside while I manage my other two children.
On a final note, our nickname for our daughter was pea-bean-feet because she looked just like a pea in a pod when I wore her in the wrap with her cute little feet poking out of the sides. Thus the name of my entry.