I DID IT!!!! Whooo-hoo! I'm so excited! I finally got around to doing this project, and IMO, it turned out great! I really like it--it was so easy to make (took longer to upload the pictures than it did to make the thing, LOL!), and I'm beginning to get the hang of using it.
I wouldn't call it easy, but it's great. I still prefer my ring sling for when I am doing a lot of errands and have to get her in and out of the carseat (and sling) 20 times, but the ABC is great for taking a long walk, and I'm really getting a lot of use from it around the house. She loves to be on my back, and this way I can get dinner made without crying (hers or mine, LOL!).
So, here are the pictures:Jean Sling Album
photo 1 is just a view of the inside of the sling. I lined the whole thing--it didn't take long, and I think it's cute, as well as being more comfy and more finished-looking.
photo 2 is a close-up of the fabric (which I think is adorable!) and the way that I folded the straps. Stupid me, I kept telling myself to attach the straps BEFORE I lined the sling, so that the straps would be hidden under the lining (I thought it would look nicer), but when it came down to it, I forgot to do so!
But, this way you can see how the straps are attached.
photo 3 is of the ring end of the waist strap. I sewed it so it forms a little pocket. Very handy when I'm using the back-carry position; the pocket is right in front at my waist and I can slip my keys and phone in it. When using front-carry, I just slip them in the jeans pockets!
photo 4 is just the view of the outside. The jeans are Levis from the thrift store. They are a size 7, and while they work fine (I put my almost-3 year old ds on my back and he likes it, too!), I think a larger size would be even better. I'm going to look for some size 10 or 12 and see how I like it.
photo 5 is the sling and my favorite diaper bag, which my SIL gave me for Christmas. I just HAPPENED to find the same fabric as the bag is lined with, so now it looks like the bag and sling were made to match! I LOVE them!! And my ds is crazy about cowboys, so he loves them, too.
The other photos are self-explanatory....dh laughed and snickered and shook his head as I was making the sling, and also when he watched me trying to figure it out the first couple times, but when I convinced him to try it, he was in love--said he didn't even notice her weight! He says I need to make one from a pair of fatigues and camoflauge straps, so that it will "be more manly", LOL! I think I will; I think it would be fun!