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
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!
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…..
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)
- 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)
- Iron and lay pieces right side together, smoothing them out.
- Trace your pattern and cut through both pieces.
For both the slip clover pieces
- 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.
- Clip your corners to make it easier to turn. Turn right side out, poke out your corners and iron flat.
- Serge or zig-zag the top flap closed
- 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.
- Press your seam open and top stitch 1/8″ around each individual piece.
- 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)
- Cut 2 (8-1/2″ x 7″) rectangles (or size needed for your carrier) out of the prearranged fabric (right sides together).
- 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.
- Clip corners. Iron back the seam allowance on the side with the opening. Turn and poke out corners. Iron.
- Top stitch 1/8″ all the way around. You will be closing the opening when you top stitch.
- 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!