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I need to make some kind of back carrier/sling to carry my 18 lbs DS. I own a shop at a Renaissance faire, and I need to have DS on my back while I help customers. He is 10 months, and when I have tried to wear him in the front at home, he reaches for everything! Since at the Faire I will be holding scissors, pins and ribbon, I know he will try to grab them!

I am a good sewer, I can make one (it will have to be in time period like fabric). I need instructions on how to wear something like that. I have tried to rewrap my Maya wrap, but can't figure a way to keep him there.

Anyone know of a good site for this?

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Kristina; wife to Max, Mom to Tristan (17) and Zackariah (7) and Lillian (5)
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Here are instructions for a Sutemi type carrier: (link to the Sutemi packs' picture gallery since they don't show the back carry on the site w/ sewing directions)

But at Ren Faire you might want to do something more like a Meh Tai: (link to a picture of a meh tai)

These are instructions I got off a yahoo group...

Chinese Back Carrier

What you will need:
1 ½ yards of fabric
Sewing Machine
Tape measure

Make it easy tip: I used a plaid fabric for the first
carrier I sewed, which made it very easy to measure
and keep things straight.

With your fabric laid out and folded evenly in half
long ways measure 20” with your tape measure. Cut
through both layers. You will have a strip of fabric
20”x44” if you open in up (Note: you do not need to
open it up.)

Cut the remaining fabric into four 8.5” strips
(approximately). You will make three cuts to achieve

Open up your 4 8.5" strips and refold them lengthwise.
Using a ¼” seam sew them from one end to the other.

This will be your four straps.

Keeping right sides together, pin your straps into the
large strip of fabric, with the length of the straps
inside the “pouch”.

You should only see 2” to 3” of strap poking out on
each corner.

Making sure to leave an opening at the top sew down
each of the three sides straps are coming out of. Be
sure to re-enforce the straps by sewing over them five
or six times.

Pull the long straps through the opening at the top of
the “pouch” and turn the whole thing right-side out.

Fold the edges in where you had left open and pin.

Making sure to sew the opening closed, sew all the way
around the outer edge. This will give you a more
finished look.

And Voila! You are done 

How to wear your carrier:
The first few times you use this carrier it may be a
good idea to have someone help you. Tie the bottom
two straps around your waist. Leaning forward put the
baby on your back. Bring the fabric up between his
legs. The upper straps should go over his shoulders,
over your shoulders and tie to the bottom straps. In
exactly the same way it could be used as a front

Or alternately:
Lay your carrier out on a chair or couch. Sit your
baby on the carrier. Kneeling on the floor in front
of the chair tie the bottom straps around your waist.
Lean back and grab the upper straps, pulling your baby
onto your back. Leaning forward pull the straps over
your shoulders (crossing them in front if you wish).
Bring the straps under your arms and tie them under
your baby’s bottom.

Tying the carrier the same way I have been able to use
it on my front and side as well….though now that I am
pregnant I don’t wear it on my front.

We found that it was possible to nurse in the front
and side carry positions, but it wasn’t always the
most modest carrier for it.

Another note on the Meh Tai: We made our first carrier
out of flannel and found it to be insufferably hot on
warmer days. If you live in a moderate to cold
climate flannel should be O.K., otherwise I suggest
you use a lighter fabric.

And one last note....The carrier I now use is made out
of organic cotton knit (It is a heavier knit like you
would use to make a lightweight sweatshirt). When I
made this carrier I cut one panel (20"x22") out on the
grain and then one panel out against the grain so that
it wouldn’t stretch too much one way. I also cut the
straps out at 60” instead of 44” because I am pregnant
and needed longer straps.
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thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for!

Kristina; wife to Max, Mom to Tristan (17) and Zackariah (7) and Lillian (5)
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you also might want to try a didymos style pack. you can also see it at, along with wearing instructions. all you need is a piece of fabrice about a foot and a half wide, or narrower, as you like, and five yards long. that's it!


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