Want to make your own baby wrap for less than $10 and with no sewing required?
First, a little background info.
The best baby gift I ever received was a Moby Wrap. When James was born I was given one of those front pack carriers that was a cheaper version of a Baby Bjorn. James hated it and so did we. It was uncomfortable to wear and uncomfortable for him to ride in. We tried it twice and then never used it again. At the time, I had no idea that there were other options out there. I never saw other women wearing their babies and I didn’t research it further.
Two years later when I was pregnant with Maya, though, I began to see women carrying their babies in wraps and slings. I started researching available carriers and after a lot of agonizing, I decided that I wanted to use a wrap–specifically, the Moby Wrap.
The problem was, the Moby Wrap was going to cost me about $40 and I was just way too cheap frugal to buy it. Lucky for me, one of my friends knew I wanted one and bought it for me as a gift.
Before I received the Moby Wrap as a gift, however, I had decided that I would try my hand at making one. Now understand that I have absolutely no sewing skills but I always like a challenge. So I began scouring the Internet in search of an easy to follow pattern. Not only did I find a pattern that even I could sew, but I also found instructions for a no-sew wrap! I tucked this knowledge away for future reference and happily used my Moby Wrap (which, by the way, is easy to use once you get the hang of it and very comfy for mommy and baby).
Although I’m not currently expecting, I do anticipate another baby before my child-bearing years are up and I was thinking about how nice it would be to have wraps in a couple of different colors. Still being the cheap frugal person that I am, I’m obviously not going to go out and buy some more Moby Wraps. So I decided to go find those wrap-making instructions and try my hand at it.
The basic no-sew wrap instructions were very simple. I bought a piece of cotton knit fabric that was 5 yards long. I got it for $2 a yard for a total of $10. This is actually enough material for two wraps, bringing each one to $5. I cut the fabric in half lengthwise so that I had two 5 yard strips that were each 30 inches wide.
Ta-da! That’s it. Seriously. I now had two wraps. The edges of the cotton knit don’t fray which is why it is a no-sew wrap. So I tied it on like I would my Moby and borrowed one of Maya’s dolls for demonstration purposes. Here it is:
So for $5, I have a brand new wrap. How cool is that? The only addition I would suggest is marking the middle point of the wrap. It is necessary to know where that mid-point is for wrapping purposes. The Moby has its label at the mid-point but a small simple stitch would do the trick.
If you want to see the instructions I used or get instructions for making a wrap with sewn edges, visit wearyourbaby.com.