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January 30th, 2013, 06:53 PM
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I bought some fabric (taking care to buy cotton/linen mix). But now it seems I didn't get the right width (one site said 24-28inches but others say 27-30). Plus apparently it will shrink a lot so it will be even more narrow but I suppose that as long as I cold wash it and hang dry it should be fine). Now I am reading a site that says I need to make sure i get the right weight of fabric. I have *NO* idea how heavy this fabric actually is.

I just wanted to make a **** sling and I'm already $50 in the hole after buying my materials!

Does anybody here have any experience with this?

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January 30th, 2013, 08:33 PM
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I made my own sling. honestly I just used cotton fabric off the clearance bin at walmart. tested to make sure it was breathable and not stretchy. after I constructed the sling we tested by hubby and I pulling as hard as we could on the ends. it has worked great for four babies already! I bet the material you chose will work.
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January 30th, 2013, 08:40 PM
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I agree! And prewash your fabric before you start ! So it will finish all it's shrinking before you begin!

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January 31st, 2013, 08:34 AM
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Yup, prewash your fabric!!! Cotton/linen WILL shrink, so I would prewash and dry at least a couple of times to get it all shrunk. I prefer my ring slings wider. It's a lot of fabric when they're babies, but it'll last you longer because as they grow, you can spread the fabric out better for more support. The extra width will also come in handy as a sun shade while you're wearing baby when you go out in the summer. As for the weight of the fabric...probably any weight will be good enough for a newborn. You'll know if the fabric is too lightweight as your baby grows. If the sling gets diggy or less supportive, then you'll need a heavier fabric. That being said, I have some woven wraps that feel pretty lightweight, but the cotton/linen blends are very supportive. I would also advise on doing a pleated shoulder as opposed to a gathered shoulder. That is all personal preference, but I didn't like having a huge mass of fabric around the rings and the pleats help minimize that.
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January 31st, 2013, 09:48 AM
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the weight of the fabric refers to the number of threads in a given dimension (like a 1 inch by 1 inch square) rather than lbs or ounces. So, since you got a linen cotton blend, I would NOT worry about the weight. My favorite sling is actually stretchy jersey, but whatever floats your boat.

I agree with pleating the fabric near the ring rather than gathering it. This means to make little folds near the end where the ring will go, rather than just bunching it up around the ring. You can sew a quick seam through the pleats to hold them in place.

prewash the fabric, dryer it, iron it flat, and start hemming The actual dimensions are more like guidelines, An inch here and there won't really affect anything.

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January 31st, 2013, 06:50 PM
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I cut the fabric in half tonight and will toss it in the wash before doing any other cutting/hemming. I don't have a sewing machine so I will have to wait for this weekend to get to my step-mother's house.

I emailed this lady who does a tutorial thing on her website about slings and she said that as long as it is more than 22/23 inches wide it should be good enough for a newborn/young infant which is the age range I was shooting for (much bigger and I will be using a modern carrier).

Thank you for your advice! My step-mother should know how to do pleating...I can barely sew a straight line, lol.

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