How to Jazz up your SSC Baby Carrier (Ergo)

I have been eyeing all those amazingly cute print baby carriers lately and just love their personality. I’ve seen them in hundreds of awesome fabrics and in the back of my mind my plain ol’ black carrier seemed a bit dull.

Maybe it was time to purchase another one? I mean, the black was fading a tad around the edges… I’ve used it for 5 kids already… They have made new versions and maybe I’d like a new one better…

BUT, I just couldn’t justify getting rid of a perfectly great (comfortable, near flawlessly designed) Ergo and hand over upwards of $150-250 just because the other ones were cuter. I know, I am cheap frugal.

Then I got thinking: What about a slip cover of sorts? Something to jazz it up a bit but not such an “overall” one that you lose the basic utilitarian features like the zippered pocket and hood.

That is when I came up with THIS!

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It is the best of both worlds! Everything you love about your carrier but with some personality (for CHEAP!). The best part? This project is SUPER quick to make and only takes 1/2 yard each of flannel and print so you can make 2-3 (okay, 65-70!) to change up your carrier whenever you’d like: for holidays, to match your baby’s outfit or simply to match your mood. It also doubles as a drool guard and protects the fabric around the edges from wear (that is where mine is faded the most), so it is also functional.

And, of course, I NEEDED one with arrows…..

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard of print fabric that matches your personality
  • 1/2 yard of corresponding flannel
  • matching thread
  • 9 snaps (or a small about of 1/2 ” apex/Velcro)
  • the pattern provided HERE (or create your own by following the directions in the video below)

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry your fabric to pre-shrink. The amount of fabric (1/2 yard) will be enough out lay your pattern out vertically or horizontally in case your are working with a striped or patterned fabric as I was in the video (arrows) and you would like the pattern running a certain way. (Keep your left over fabric laid out right sides facing for cutting the the drool pads later)
  2. Iron and lay pieces right side together, smoothing them out.
  3. Trace your pattern and cut through both pieces.

For both the slip clover pieces

  1. Using a 1/2″seam and starting at the tops of the strap area, sew down the diagonal, down the short straight side, across the bottom, up the opposite short straight side and up the opposite diagonal.
  2. Clip your corners to make it easier to turn. Turn right side out, poke out your corners and iron flat.
  3. Serge or zig-zag the top flap closed
  4. Lay the now sewn pieces right side together and using a 3/4″ seam sew each side for a length of 1″ reinforcing by going back and fourth 2-3 times. If your carrier doesn’t have a hood that you need an opening for you can stitch all the way across the top instead of just an inch on either side.
  5. Press your seam openΒ  and top stitch 1/8″ around each individual piece.
  6. Place your buttons. You will put 2 at each side side. Make sure to place the male stud on the flannel side and your female stud on the print side (or use Velcro). Also place button for hood closure (see video on where to place)

Drool pads:

  1. Cut 2 (8-1/2″ x 7″) rectangles (or size needed for your carrier) out of the prearranged fabric (right sides together).
  2. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around leaving a small 3-4″ opening to turn your work and making sure to back tack at the beginning and end.
  3. Clip corners. Iron back the seam allowance on the side with the opening. Turn and poke out corners. Iron.
  4. Top stitch 1/8″ all the way around. You will be closing the opening when you top stitch.
  5. Add 3 buttons down each short side. Again, make sure the male stud is facing the flannel and the female receiver is facing the print (or use Velcro).

Then enjoy your “new” old carrier that has majestically been turned into the rainbow unicorn of your baby carrier dreams for less than the price of a Starbucks drink!

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6 thoughts on “How to Jazz up your SSC Baby Carrier (Ergo)

  1. Hi, my daughter posted me your link. I wanted to say thank you very much for posting your instructions. It worked perfectly, pattern printed easily, it all was so easy to do. I spent more time choosing fabric then actually making it. Everything worked perfectly. I will get my daughter to instagram a picture, that’s too much technology for me. Loz Lloyd, Sydney, Australia

  2. I love this tutorial!! I have not sewn many things at all and I undertook this project last night. It was incredibly easy! I am making this for a friend and don’t have the actual carrier. I was wondering if you could give me finished dimensions… As when I was done mine looked smaller than the one in your video and I’m hoping I did it right. I am going to post on Instagram after I mail this out so she will be surprised when she gets it.

  3. This is fantastic! Thank-you, thank-you! This is exactly what I was looking for and I figured some smart mommy out there had done it already. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your work with so much detail. I’m so excited to make this. πŸ˜€

  4. Thank you so much for this! Love love love the way that you showed us not only how to do it, but also how to create our own versions and modify it. I wish all other tutorials were like this! I walked away from your video feeling like I truly understood the process behind creating it. Its nice to have a drool bib…but it’s so much better to know how to create your own and ones for other mamas with different carriers.
    I have followed you everywhere I could find you and am eagerly awaiting your next tutorial…which can be on anything having to do with sewing, raising kids, organization, diy stuff…anything about anything, really, and I will watch them ALL!
    Thank you again! πŸ™‚
    April

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