Well, I meant to write this post 5 days ago, it’s just taken me awhile to get the pics uploaded. So just pretend it’s Tuesday, okay?
So in about a week and a half, I’ll be at the International Babywearing Conference in Washington D.C. While there, I’ll get to meet many of my online friends in real life, go to a bunch of great classes, and in general be a babywearing geek. I’m teaching two classes: DIY ring slings and emergency babywearing. Honestly, I have no idea why I”m teaching this class rather than Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions (aka, ring sling maker extraordinaire). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve sewed tons of carriers in the five years I’m been wearing my babes, but I’m pretty sure Jan has made WAYYYY more ring slings than me!
In any case, I’m teaching the ring sling class. So, I figured I should make sure I had all of my ducks in a row. There are quite a few ways you can do the shoulder of a ring sling. I prefer a gathered shoulder, as that is more comfortable. Other people like to do one of many pleated variations. I decided to learn a new style, the hot dog shoulder, just in case the attendees wanted more options. I also thought it would be a good idea to make a few since the last time I made a ring sling was probably a year or more ago. Although I like ring slings, they aren’t my favorite carrier. As such, I didn’t really want a bunch floating around the house knowing they’d only get used on occasion. I do, however, have three babes that love to wear their dolls, stuffed animals and whatever else they can find. The other day, the toddler has his toy phone safely tucked away in a carrier. lol.
So I set to work making each of the babes a ring sling. I did a different shoulder style for each, so I ended up doing a gathered shoulder, a SBP-style shoulder, and the hot dog shoulder. The hot dog shoulder was the new one, and was super easy to do, even easier than the other two styles. Here’s a pic of the toddler’s ring sling, although I’m not sure how well you can see the shoulder.
Jan’s website here has tons of info on making all types of baby carriers, including ring slings and all of the different shoulder styles.