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making my own moby wrap

post #1 of 14
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i thought someone might be able to help me with this. i am about a size 22 and want to make a moby wrap....any idea how long it would have to be and how wide the fabric is supposed to be? also what is the best blend of fabric so it is stretchy enough, yet holds the baby secure??

thanks
post #2 of 14
The standard size Moby might still work just great for you, depending on where your weight is distributed.

I'm not a very big-chested plus size mama. If I were, I'd find it hard to tie the Moby very well.

The jersey also tightens up upon washing -- even with air drying. So I find that the longer I wear it, the easier it is to tie.

I'm gonna make one soon and I'm gonna start with 6 yards and see if I like it better than the standard moby size (note that the new MobyD is shorter than an original moby, according to their website.)

Here's the info on the Moby:

LENGTH: 5 meters (~5 yards, 18 inches)
WIDTH: 23"
MATERIAL: Cotton jersey

HTH,
post #3 of 14
my friend is probably a size 20 and my moby works fine for her.
post #4 of 14
I made a moby from 5 yds of cotton gauze, didn't need any sewing or anything. I just fold it in half lengthwise & bingo-bango it's ready to tie. I'm a fairly small gal (5' and small-framed), but Hubby (6' and medium-build) can use it, too, so I'd say 5-5.5 yards would be plenty for you.
post #5 of 14
Check here for more info http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by jennnk View Post
I made a moby from 5 yds of cotton gauze, didn't need any sewing or anything. I just fold it in half lengthwise & bingo-bango it's ready to tie. I'm a fairly small gal (5' and small-framed), but Hubby (6' and medium-build) can use it, too, so I'd say 5-5.5 yards would be plenty for you.

So cotton guaze worked ? I've been wanting to make one but the jersey seem high.
post #7 of 14
There is a sale on a bunch of 10 oz 100% cotton Jersey at Wazoodle (http://www.wazoodle.com/cgi-bin/cats...Sale&start=72). If you buy five or more yards it is 2.99 a yard. The fabric is 60" wide so you can cut the length of a 5 yard piece and get two wraps (one for the house, one for the car or for a friend) for 15 bucks (plus shipping) with no sewing involved. I just ordered some the other day. And gauze wraps are great too (and gauze was on sale at JoAnn fabrics the other day... also a good deal).
post #8 of 14
i would think you should be good with 6yrds. here is another good site for diy spocs (simple pieces of cloth)

http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=121
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by 54mama View Post
There is a sale on a bunch of 10 oz 100% cotton Jersey at Wazoodle (http://www.wazoodle.com/cgi-bin/cats...Sale&start=72). If you buy five or more yards it is 2.99 a yard. The fabric is 60" wide so you can cut the length of a 5 yard piece and get two wraps (one for the house, one for the car or for a friend) for 15 bucks (plus shipping) with no sewing involved. I just ordered some the other day. And gauze wraps are great too (and gauze was on sale at JoAnn fabrics the other day... also a good deal).

I would probably suggest hemming the long edges of gauze for safety's sake. With a small newborn it probably wouldn't matter, but as your babe gets heavier, I would be concerned with the cut edges fraying and tearing under strain.

You also don't need to cut it in to three pieces, it should actually tear lengthwise! It makes a nice straight tear and so much faster.

sorry for terseness oht nak.
post #10 of 14
I always hem my gauze wraps. I meant you don't have to hem the knit ones. Should have been clearer!
post #11 of 14
Ok! I misread. I just wanted to make sure.
post #12 of 14
I just made a wrap with 5 yds of cotton gauze and it is working great. I bought 6+yds from JoAnns and after I washed it it shrunk to about 6 yds. I ended up cutting it to 5yds. It was 47" wide and I cut it to 30". I have a 13lb baby and it works great with her. I have a real Moby and it was getting too stretched out. I am really happy with this gauze wrap.

Before I made it I researched the lengths of "real" wraps like the ellaroo
http://ellaroo.com/WrapCarrierBrochure.pdf

and the gypsymama balibabybreeze
http://gypsymama.com/sizing.htm

and decided to cut mine to 5yds. I have a small frame and that length is working for me. I wanted to make sure it was long enough to do a back carry and 5-6 yds seems to be a frequent length. My real Moby is 6yds and is one size fits all. I didn't see any woven wraps that are longer than 6yds so I bet that would be enough for anyone.

Ok, I hope that helps!
post #13 of 14
Has anyone used a moby wrap with an almost 1 year old?
post #14 of 14
I did, but my dd was/is a peanut for her age. She is still not 20 pounds at 15 mo old.

If your babe is heavier, you might be happier with a non stretchy wrap. Dharma trading has a lot of nice fabrics that you can dye yourself, or you can also get a crinkle cotton muslin from one of the chain stores.

I personally love my german style wovens, and I feel like they are worth the price because looking at similar fabric at the fabric store, even if I could find it, I would be paying similar amounts.

You can always look on TP or the FSOT forum on the babywearer.com too.
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