Saturday, June 19, 2010

Baby Carrier

This is the baby carrier that my daughter asked me to make for her.  She sent me several sites , and I found some myself of different styles of carriers.  I took ideas from each of the sites and added some of my own.  These sites had instructions for making these.  I would not make one to sell, as that would not be ethical, but for my own daughter, it's ok.  This pink fabric is a coordinating fabric to the crib skirt that I made and posted about earlier.  You can see that I padded the bottom portion of the carrier to make a comfortable seat for the little one.   It can fold up one or two times, as needed, while the baby is tiny.  As she grows taller my daughter can unfold it.                                    
                             This picture shows the pockets.  There are two pockets that open from the top and the one big tan pocket opens from the sides.  I also added a ring on either side for which to clip keys or toys.  I decided that the two top opening pockets would come in handy for things like wipes or whatever.  The side opening pockets will make it easier for my daughter to reach if she is wearing it on her back.  There should be room for a couple of extra diapers, some wipes, etc.....                                                                  Below is the hood.  I made tiny loops from ribbon and threaded another ribbon through them to tie to the ribbon at the base of the shoulder straps.  As you can see, I appliqued cut-outs from the floral fabric to decorate the hood.Here you can see how the hood can fold when it isn't needed.  The ribbon helps to hold it in place when it is folded.  In the top picture you can see the other side of the hood where I sewed stripes of ribbon across in the places for the hood to fold.  That just helps it to fold better.  Does this make sense?  I padded the shoulder straps out far enough for a comfortable fit over the shoulders.  However, I left the rest of the straps unpadded for easy tying.  I did the same for the waist straps.                              
Now, it's on to make a couple of other things for this baby girl.  Then, I've been commissioned to make a smocked dress incorporating antique linens for a 2 year old.


Trudy Callan said...

It's so pretty! I love that print.

I have some wonderful photos of my hubby with the children for Father's Day on my blogs if you would like to see them.

Trudy Callan said...

Forgot to mention. On Monday on my art blog, I will be posting pictures from my oldest daughter's trip to Israel.

The sewing blog will be a vintage post. Wednesday on the sewing blog, I will answer 8 questions about myself with some great pictures. Hope to see you there.

Goosegirl said...

Julia, you did a marvelous job on this baby carrier. It is so pretty and unique. I love the way your appliqued the print on. And I can't wait to see the vintage dress you are making!!

Kathy said...

Julia...that's a great job!!! Very the pretty print.

quer|elastisch Sabine Sprotte said...

I agree, really a great work. And I love the print too. You just thought of everything. Sounds very comfortable.


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