I borrowed my sister-in-law's Baby Bjorn and used it for the first time when Monkey was 3 weeks old. She was asleep within seconds. Sleep. Something she hadn't done without great effort on my part since she was born. That's when I fell in love with babywearing and we've used a carrier every day since then.
But by the time she hit about 12 pounds, the Baby Bjorn was killing my back. I loved the idea of the Moby Wrap, but I hesitated to spend $40 on a piece of fabric that I wasn't sure I'd even like. So I decided to make my own. It's simple and much cheaper than buying one...you can get TWO wraps for about $20 (or less)!
*Note: this is my first attempt at a tutorial, so if anything doesn't make sense, please feel free to ask questions.
Here's what you need:
5-6 yards of cotton gauze (I'm short and can get away with 5 yards. The one I'm making in this tutorial is for a taller friend, so I bought 6 yards just in case. JoAnns sells this for $5.99 a yard. If you get on their email or mailing list, they send out a lot of coupons and you can get it for 40-50% off!)
Sewing Machine or serger
How to do it:
First, wash your fabric (I always pre-wash). Then, fold material in half lengthwise.
Cut along the fold so that you have 2 pieces of fabric, each roughly 20 inches x 6 yards (or however long you chose to make yours). You could use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter here, but it doesn't need to be perfect. Cotton gauze is a "wrinkly" fabric and once it's finished, imperfections really won't show. And they definitely won't show once you're wearing it.
Trim off the rough edges.
Now it's time to sew the edges to minimize fraying. I don't have a serger, so I used a simple zig-zag stitch around all four sides of one piece of fabric. I think that serging would probably look nicer, so if you have one, go for it. Repeat with the other piece.
You're done! You can find the instructions for how to wrap it here. Keep the second one handy for when your baby spits up on the first or give it to a friend. If you're making this as a gift, don't forget to print out the instructions or give them the link.
Please ignore my dirty bathroom mirror. Monkey's new favorite game is to rub her slobbery hands on it :)