Friday, July 20, 2007

Make your own ring sling -- Very easy

A few months ago, my friend Leah introduced me to the no sew ring sling on Jan Andrea's site. In a nutshell, you thread the top part of the sling through the rings, just as you usually do the "tail" (see link for a much better explanation). The friction of the fabric on the shoulder should keep it from slipping. I eagerly made one for myself, using a soft lightweight fabric my mom brought back from Brazil. The problem was that it was shorter and not quite thick enough for me to keep secure up top (it is unlined). Then I thought of tucking the fabric through the rings one more time. The end result was this:

Not only does it look more like the sewn on rings, it works well for shorter, thinner fabrics. For a better understanding of what I did, I have provided the video below:


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Especially with lightweight fabrics, inspect your fabric regularly for any worn spots.

UPDATE: Leah has posted a video on how to do the initial thread for the ring sling.

14 comments:

  1. That's excellent -- I'll be linking to this from my page asap! Good thinking!

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  2. Thanks Jan. I have learned a lot from your site.

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  3. SOO COOL!! LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT

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  4. That is fantastic!! I also have shorter fabric sitting around at home and your method means that I don't have to rush out to get a new one. Will be catching the plane with my little one soon. Really looking forward to use my brand new homemade ring sling. Thank you.

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  5. Anonymous,

    Thanks for letting me know. This is my most visited page of all time and it's nice to know how you have benefited from it.

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  6. This is really helpful. Can I ask how long was the brazilian fabric you used?

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  7. 5ft long x 1.5ft wide
    I think 6ft is a better length.

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  8. great video!! i will definately be using this method when i put together my tie dyed RS until i can get it sewed on permanently!

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  9. Thanks! I am definitely going to try this out especially after seeing a baby wrap selling for $70 here in Toronto. It was literally a long piece of cotton fabric with a label sewn on it. It wasn't even finished or surged!

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  10. I totally adore your site. You really inspire me. I already placed your site in my favorites!
    sling trainer

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  11. That is a really great idea! I just bought fabric and didn't think I'd have time to sew it before my sister's wedding, now I don't have to!
    And, now I'll be changing slings to match all my outfits.

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  12. Neat idea. Can't wait to try this. Nice and simple. Just wondering where you get your sewing accessories? online?

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  13. thanks for the tip! what size are your rings?

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  14. T-
    I used medium-sized rings, but large works better with most fabrics. The rings don't cost much, so you might want to buy both sizes so you have a variety. That's what I did, but I gave the sling with the large rings to a friend.

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