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mommy to DS Dade 10/10/10 & DD Elloree 12/14/11
I'm thinking of doing the same -- figure some gauze may make an interesting wrap if I mainly want to try the style. I remember getting an off market wrap with DC#1 and it was a nice way to learn that I really didn't like a wrap for her. My second seems to like the Ergo so I think she may like a wrap. Let us know how it goes.
I made my own woven wrap out of gauze a couple summers ago. I think I used 5ft of it and just cut it in half along it's length so that it was not too wide. I hemmed the cut edge and the ends, though I'm not sure that you actually need to. I LOVED the gauze wrap for summer, but you have to wrap it pretty tight because of the stretch - I found it tended to sag after a while. It was certainly my favorite carrier until he got too heavy to be comfy in it!
100% linen can be great. It does take a while to get broken in and silky soft. But is certainly useable before then.
There are some nice cheap jacquard or twill woven tablecloths that make amazing wraps (just like the 'real' thing). You would likely need to cut them in half an do a safe seam in the middle (like a french seam). there are instructions on how to do that at thebabywearer.com. I found a nice tablecloth for 20$ at a discount home outfitters store and LOVE it.
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Hi, I have not made a wrap yet,. but maybe I will on my second. I have read from some thread about this and I think choosing the fabric is the most important part. There is even a thread that I've read that she has got her fabric for $1.50,.from a thrift store..that is such a great deal...lol $1.50 for a wrap! Too cheap,..just need a skill to determine if the fabric is good. Goodluck!!
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Before having DD I made a wrap form a lightweight cotton. Having never used a wrap I didn't really know what I was looking for but it worked out OK and I used it for both children.
However if I were doing it again I would make it longer, I looked through a some size guides and went for the shortest, not quite believing how long some of them seemed to be, and it was always a little too short.
Because it was so lightweight I sewed it in half lengthways rather than cutting it, If I were doing it again I don;t think I would have bothered and the full width would have been handy for some carries.
I made and used a woven gauze wrap for 3 of my babies before buying a Girasol for my most recent babe. 5 yards of cotton gauze (I used a heavier "crinkle cotton", not the really see-through, cheap gauze) and cut lengthwise, then I just sewed the cut edge and left the selvedge edges. It was worked great for newborn through toddler! I still use it as my back-up. =] Feel free to PM me if you want more details! This is the only pic I have of it, sorry it's not that that good.
Melissa: wife to, mama to 5 dear children and remembering Matthias (8.9.05 - 8.10.05)