Sew & Hand-Dye Your Own Woven Baby Wrap for Cheap!

  • By: Mommy & Love
  • Date: November 23, 2021
  • Time to read: 4 min.

I experienced my first taste of babywearing using a strappy-type carrier with my first born. I loved the idea of going on walks through parks and nature trails with my baby strapped on me. Sadly, I only ended up using it a handful of times. I didn’t know anyone else who wore their baby on the go so I really wasn’t used to the idea. It wasn’t until my second baby that I really started becoming passionate about babywearing. I found a much comfier style of carrier called the Moby Wrap, which is basically a really long piece of stretchy knit fabric that you use to wrap your baby up close to you. I can wrap my little boy and he will fall asleep against my chest instantly. The wrap cradles my baby and turns into a little cozy bed! It is the sweetest thing ever! I can go about my business, tidying up or doing crafts, still having two hands to work with AND please my baby.
I am here to tell you that this ancient tradition is wonderfully beneficial! Bouncy chairs and activity centers just don’t cut it compared to being wrapped up tight next to mama!
My son is almost five months old now and I am ready to upgrade baby carriers! I wanted a non-stretch wrap to be able to hold him in several new carrying positions. The obvious step was to buy a woven wrap. They are nice and sturdy and I have seen dozens of different carrying positions, including positions on the mother’s back. While, the Moby Wrap still works awesome, it was time to experiment in the art of babywearing. Instead of buying a super expensive ($100-200+!) woven wrap, I decided to sew and hand-dye my own non-stretch baby wrap using Osnaburg fabric for cheap! I ended up spending around $25 using coupons at JoAnn Fabrics to buy 5.25 yards of Osnaburg fabric and Tulip fabric dye.
Supplies:

  • 5.25 yards of Osnaburg (“Standard Size 6″ Wrap. I bought a little over 5 yards because you will need to prewash the fabric to shrink it. Read more on sizes at Wrap Your Baby.)
  • 1 Pack of Tulip Fabric Dye
  • Large Bucket (I used a Tidy Cats 35lb Cat Litter Container!)
  • Serger or Sewing Machine + Thread
  • Scissors
  • Hot/Boiling Water to dye fabric

This was such an easy project! The longest part was dyeing the fabric, which took about an hour and a half. The cutting & sewing part literally took less than 30 minutes! I’m going to list the steps I used to make my woven baby wrap. You can choose to dye your fabric before OR after sewing. I chose to sew my wrap before dyeing the fabric in order to have less fabric to dye.
Step 1: Prewash and dry the fabric.
Step 2: (Sewing the Baby Wrap) Cut the fabric to your desired width. I cut mine 32″ wide. I would not recommend going shorter than 30″ wide since you want more fabric to support your baby.
Step 3: (Optional) Taper off the ends of your fabric to make it easier to tie.  Here is my quick drawing of two different ways to do this. (Sorry, I missed taking a picture of my fabric at this step!) I cut both ends of my fabric into points like #1. Some people cut one end into a point and cut an entire corner of the other end like #2.
Step 4: Serge around all the edges of fabric. This takes about 5 minutes! If you don’t have a serger, then you will need to hem around the edges. Osnaburg will unravel if you do not finish the edges.
Step 5: (Dyeing the Fabric) Boil one gallon of water.
Step 6: Add 1/4 cup salt and dye to bucket.
Step 7: Add the boiling water to the bucket and mix it. It would be wise to do this part outside so you don’t accidentally dye your floors! (I actually did not mix it because the dye and salt pretty much dissolved instantly. I also did not use gloves or safety glasses like the dye instructions recommended! Such a rebel, I know.)
Step 8: Submerge the fabric into the dye.
Step 9: Continuously agitate your fabric for 15 minutes and then every so often for 45 minutes.
Step 10: Here is the scary part! Dump the entire bucket of dye and fabric into your washing machine. Add detergent. Wash warm. Rinse cold. My washing machine did not turn blue, I promise! You can always immediately run an empty load with bleach if you desire. (I did not need to do this.)
Step 11: Dry your wrap and then start babywearing! Even though the instructions on my dye packet said to dry away from direct heat and sunlight, I left mine out to dry in the sun! It was FINE! And I do mean fine
My wrap turned out to be a beautiful, almost natural-looking aqua blue.
This is why you want to sew your own baby wrap! We took a nice family walk to the ice cream shop! Miss A could pedal her little legs off, while mama carried Little Fox! (Daddy, of course, came along too!
I’m telling you, babywearing is awesome! If you ever need your baby to fall asleep, wrap them up close and they will pass out in no time at all!

 

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