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I plan to make a mei tai and ring sling for when I go to the pool w/ the baby.<br><br>
What kind of fabric should I get for this? I don't want something heavy, though I've certainly have used my regular Maya Wrap in the pool w/ no problem. It's just heavy when it's wet.<br><br>
My sil suggested a gauze type of fabric, but how difficult is that to sew? Does it get caught in the teeth under the presser foot?<br><br>
Also, when cutting the length for the sling, I don't want gobs of extra fabric floating out behind me. I will just cut it shorter than my regular one. How long should that be?<br><br>
Any recommendations?<br><br>
Also, what are the best rings you've all had success with? I've never purchased online and the rings I've bought at Tractor Supply were too narrow. Fabric was hard to feed through.<br><br>
TIA!
 

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It's very important to make a sling sturdy so guaze should be out on that basis alone. Anything cotton will be cold and heavy when wet anyway, b/c of the way it absorbs water. There is a fabric called solar veil that many people use but it can be hard to get if you only need small quantities. I've used <a href="http://slingrings.com/" target="_blank">Slingrings.com</a> for all my slings and I'm very happy with them.
 

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I've seen ring slings made with basketball jersey type material (the kind with holes in it) here's a <a href="http://www.hancockfabrics.com/jump.jsp?itemType=PRODUCT&itemID=18301" target="_blank">pic</a>
 

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Awesome! Thank you! Y'all rock!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would think a strong nylon mesh would be great if you aren't as worried about UV protection while you are in the water.</div>
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That's what I was thinking. I'll have to go do some fabric shopping to see what I can find.
 

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I tried using bathing suit fabric for a water wrap when ds was already a toddler and it was waaaaay too stretchy. I thought about putting a small amount of a regular woven fabric along the edges to keep those firm while the rest could sag to hold him, but then I decided to teach him to swim instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . For an infant it might work, though, or you could use a combination of a non-stretchy mesh on one layer and bathing suit fabric on a second for UV protection, strength, security, smoothness against bub's skin and water-comfort for both of you.
 
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