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Asian Baby Carrier Instructions

A very easy to sew, easy to put on, and versatile carrier. For carrying baby on back facing in or out, or on front facing in or out, or on hip facing in or out.

Supplies List

Since the pieces are long and narrow, the recommended amount of fabric has enough width for 2 carriers.

2 15-20" fabric rectangles for body of carrier 2-2.5 yds fabric for straps

Batting, thin foam, or fiberfill (optional) for padding shoulder straps

Zipper (optional) for zippered storage pocket

Fabric suggestions: Heavy canvas, cotton duck, drill, or upholstery fabric Lighter weight can be used, but make sure the straps are stitched securely and straps stabilized to keep them from bunching up when tied.

SlingAsianDiagramThe basic shape and dimensions of the carrier. There are many slight variations and modifications (like adding a storage pocket, padded straps, padded headrest, etc). The curved top is optional, as is the amount of the curve. It is for a headrest for younger babies. It can be flipped down out of the way or flipped up for more private nursing.

The length of the straps depends on your preferred method of tying, but this length should cover most variations.

The width of the straps depends on your shoulder size. You don't want the straps so thick and padded they slip off the shoulders, but not so thin and flimsy they dig in.

The length and width of the body depends on the size of the baby and personal preference.

Experiment to get things just right, especially since the fabric recommendations are enough for 2 carriers. These are fast and easy to construct, and people offer to buy them from me all the time so I can keep just the ones I really like.



Sewing Instructions

There are many ways to assemble this. The right way is the way that you like best, whether it's the easiest, most attractive, or fastest. This is just a basic variation.

There are many other methods to make straps. However you choose to make the straps is fine.

1. For turned tubes (easy to sew but difficult to turn as it is suitable only for heavier-weight fabrics), cut strips of desired length twice as wide as needed. Put raw edges together and stitch around 3 sides leaving one short end unsewn. For lighter-weight fabrics, cut straps four times as wide, fold in half and baste, then fold in half again and stitch. Turn tube and press.

Optional: to pad straps, lay straps across shoulders and mark just past the shoulder, near the collar bone in front and the same distance in the back. The padding should just cover the shoulder and not pass under the arms, as this causes discomfort when wearing as a “ruck sack” in back carry.

Add padding: once marked, sew across the strap at the lower mark, stuff, then stitch across the strap at upper mark.

2. Another option is to sew folded (unturned) straps, which is suitable for heavier-weight fabrics, and should be done with lighter-weight fabrics. Cut strips four times as wide. Press raw edges toward center, then press in half and stitch close to one long edge. This gives four layers. You can insert fiberfill as above, or wrap batting or foam into the strip and topstitch down the center of the strap to keep padding in place, similar to a backpack strap.

SlingAsianDiagramSewThis method is similar to inserting tassels in pillow corners and is suitable for lighter weight fabrics.

Lay straps on body right side of body, straps toward center and raw edges together as shown (the more strap is hanging off the edge of the carrier, the more will be available for security stitching in next step).

The angle at which the straps come off the body depends on personal preference. I put mine on close to 90 degrees, top straps going almost up, bottom straps going out, but it's up to you. 45 degrees is average.

Attach straps.

Sew other rectangle on top, right sides together, leaving part of one edge unsewn for turning. Straps will be between the rectangle layers.


SlingAsianDiagramAttachTurn carrier right side out. The straps will now be on the outside.

Secure straps through all layers as shown by sewing about a 4" square and X.

For heavier fabrics, especially if you don’t want the stitching to show on a fashion fabric layer, you can secure straps to only one layer of heavy fabric and attach second rectangle of fashion fabric leaving corners free. Turn right side out and topstitch corners in place.

You can attach the straps to the outside of the carrier only instead of between the layers. Any design you choose will work as long as the straps are secure.


Tying Instructions

The most basic way to tie for front carry is to tie bottom straps around waist like an apron (double knots, no bows!). Bring top straps up over shoulders one at a time while holding baby with one hand (this takes practice), cross in back, bring around to front and tie a knot under baby's bottom or across baby's back. For facing out, tie straps under baby’s arms across chest.

For back carry, lay out carrier on a sofa and place baby on. Sit on edge of sofa and double knot bottom straps around waist. Bring top straps over shoulders, snugging baby up, and pass straps under arms “ruck sack” style or cross over chest. Pass straps under baby’s bottom and bring around to double knot in front.

Be creative! Add custom details like a pocket on the body of the carrier or on the strap to replace your diaper bag, a fabric strip on the strap for a toy/accessory bar. Add another outer layer to the body of the carrier, leaving the bottom open, to form a pocket when turning carrier inside out to stow the straps.

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