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So my little one is not here yet but I am thinking I want to use wraps with him/her for versatility. I have spent way too many hours online looking at different wraps figuring out if I want stretchy or not, long or short, cotton or not, and so on. I have come to realize that most of the wraps I have found are just 6 yds or so of cotton.<br>
Is there any reason not to just head to the fabric store and grab 6 yds of $1/yd fabric? Am I missing something that makes the purchased wraps worth the $100 or so I keep seeing them advertised at?
 

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Make a stretchy. Buy a woven.<br><br>
I made a DIY wrap out of cotton gauze and it works fine. But it is less supportive and digs into me more than the woven Ellaroo I found at the thrift store. The DIY requires a more perfect wrap job to be comfortable and even then I can't wear dd as long as I can in the Ellaroo. All these things get more obvious the heavier your LO gets. I'd say you can learn on a DIY w/ a younger/lighter baby to make sure you want to spend the money on a woven.
 

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Make. I can make a LOT of wraps for the price they're sold for. I mean, they're just a piece of fabric. I actually found my stretchy wrap I made was much more supportive than the Moby wraps.
 

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This, especially is money is an issue. Stretchy wraps are very easy to make and there are lots of suitable knit materials that you can use. Wovens on the other hand... you really do get what you pay for.<br>
You can DIY a gauze or other lightweight cotton wrap but once your little one gets heavy the gauze will probably not be as comfortable as a ready made woven wrap.
 

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MAKE!<br><br>
I made as stretchy wrap buying $2/yard cotton knit - no need to hem. I bought seven yards of 60in fabric, cut it in half lengthwise and then sewed the pieces together. Quite simple and works great. It's just an 'off' yellowish color and I get compliments on it a lot.
 

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I agree with those who say make a stretchy, buy a woven <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Woven wraps are not "just 6 yards of cotton", they are woven in a particular way to be extremely durable and supportive, while having a little give to be comfortable. Anything you can find for $1/yd at a fabric store is not likely to make a good woven wrap (unless you get lucky and find some Osnaburg or something on super clearance).<br><br>
I've looked into making DIY woven wraps to practice dyeing, and to get a decent fabric it's really just about as much as buying a cheap used woven wrap, either off the trading post here or For Sale or Trade on thebabywearer.com.
 

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Wanted to add, I just made another non-stretchy wrap of some sort of cotton. DD is only 11 lbs, but it seems durable so far! And no pain either.
 

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I went to JA and got some cotton gauze on sale. I used 5 yards rather than 6 and it is plenty. I didn't know if I would like wrapping, so I started cheap (and I needed a lightweight summer carrier). Gauze would probably also be good pp because a) it is summer and b) pp hormone fluctuations can make you super sweaty. Then again, I hear that Moby's are wonderful for newborns. Maybe one of each <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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