I wanted a Moby Wrap when I was pregnant with Zoey because we carried Zachary in his car seat, everywhere, as an infant and it was a pain! And I really, really wanted to try baby wearing since all my friends rave about it, however when I saw the prices of most common baby wraps I felt a lump in my throat and a hole in my wallet. So sadly I purchased a sling instead, which was still quite a hit to my wallet. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Balboa Baby sling, but it really isn't a hands free device.
And when you have a baby who refuses to be put down at any time, you honestly do need something a little more hands free than a sling.
So imagine my surprise when I found out women were making their own baby wrap carriers. I was really curious to try it myself but thought it would be wayyyyy too complicated, so imagine my surprise again when I made one and it is really really really EASY to do!!!!
In fact, it took me about 20 minutes and cost me $11.25 to make two!! As in 11 dollars and one quarter and I have TWO wraps!
So I would like to share the Fauxby Moby with the rest of you!
You will need 5 yards of a slightly stretchy cotton material. Think 95% cotton, 5% Lycra. So 5 yards long, 42 inches across. And a patch, either sew on or iron on (thus the iron chilling in my living room).. A pair of scissors, a marker, a tape measure and a sewing kit or machine (optional depending on your patch).
Fold your fabric in half so you are now looking at 5 yards long by 21 inches wide.
This is where your patch comes in handy. Your patch will be centered on your belly button for wrapping purposes when all is said and done.
So, we've got 180 inches of fabric lengthwise (5 yards), you're going to use your tape measure to find your 90 inch mark. Put a small dot there. This is where you apply your patch.
Make sure your dot is small enough to be covered by your patch.
I chose a Z for Zoey. :)
Go ahead and grab those scissors and cut along your folded edge lengthwise. So now you will have two 5 yard pieces of fabric by 21 inches.
You're almost done. This is where your sewing kit or machine (preferred) comes in handy. If you so choose you can sew the edges of your wrap to keep your ends from fraying after too much use.
Using your FAUXBY MOBY! :)
> Please note this is an actual Moby wrapping video. Your wrap will follow the same instructions, but your wrap is not an authentic Moby wrap.
And your finished product should look like this
Also, since you now have TWO wraps for under $20.00 feel free to give one to a friend that could use a little help, or ya know, let dad change the toddler on it. :/
Need more proof of how awesome these wraps are? Guess what I was doing while writing this blog and baby wearing? ? ?
Disclaimer- the above is not intended to make anyone who doesn't breastfeed feel badly, I'm simply illustrating how AWESOME being hands free is!