1. Skyler Larsen

    Wow Tor! That is an awesome tutorial! Your illustrations look so good, and they are so easy to understand! Also, you look fantastic, and Braden is adorable.

    • Tori

      Thank you, Sky! That makes me happy that you think it’s good. And thank you! He’s getting so big I’m going to need a wagon to pull him around in, instead of a sling soon. 😉 haha

      • Whitney

        On a comment down below, you say the sling is two layered–I must’ve missed that part of the tutorial–I came back here to ask about the bulk of the fabric right around the ring–but if I was supposed to fold the fabric in half longways before threading it through the rings/securing them down, that may have just answered my question. I don’t see anywhere in the diagram where it’s folded to make two layers–which step would that be?

        • Tori

          Hi Whitney! I was telling the reader that there are some companies that make two layered ring slings, but it’s not really necessary. The only part of this tutorial where it’s double layered is where you bring the fabric through the ring and bring it to the line that is marked 15 inches down from the unsewn edge — so you will end up having 7.5 inches of two layers there. As long as you make sure you do the three rows of stitching, your sling will be able to support you child up to around 35 lbs. Let me know if that doesn’t make sense. 🙂

    • Tori

      Thanks Benny! I don’t know what weight it was…It was just the 100% linen from JoAnn’s. As long as it’s 100% linen, I don’t think it matters. 🙂

      • Natasha

        Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t wait to make and use a ring sling!

        How soft or rough was the linen you used? Just wondering if there are different kinds of 100% linen, because the only 100% linen I ever found at Joann’s was a gorgeous pattern but tough to sew (the fibers were literally more tough than a linen rayon blend) and noticeably rougher and less supple or drapey than a typical linen rayon blend.

        • Tori

          Hi Natasha! Linens are usually a bit rough when you first get them, so it’s important to wash them before you start sewing, and that should soften up the fibers. The more you use the sling, the more it will drape and move the way you need it to. The linen I used was just 100% linen from Joann’s as well. 🙂 Hopefully that’s helpful!

  2. Alexis

    hey tori

    im just curious if i could instead of using one just one piece of 2.25 long and 25-30 wide could i use both for one sling?

    • Tori

      Hi Alexis! Yes, you sure could. There are ring slings that are 2 layered so that it’s more sturdy. For that, I would probably still cut the fabric in half and then sew around the edges leaving about a 5 inch hole to pull the fabric through. Once you’ve pulled the fabric through, you can lay it out flat, iron, and sew around the edges again before adding the rings. I wouldn’t make the fabric wider than 30 inches though because the fabric bunches too much and it would make carrying a child a lot more difficult with the extra fabric. I hope that helps!

    • Tori

      Hi Kasey! It should support a baby up to 35 lbs. After that, your baby will probably be more interested in walking, or you may have to find a more sturdy carrier.

  3. Katia

    Is the weight recommendation because of the fabric or the ring strength? Want to make a double but unsure of how much weight either can take

    • Tori

      The weight recommendation is what other ring sling companies have, so I just added it as a precaution. I don’t think it would affect the ring to have two layers, you just might want to choose a larger ring so that there is more room for the fabric inside the ring. If you are using a thinner cotton or linen then making it double layered probably wouldn’t make it too bulky. The linen I used would have made mine too bulky to have it doubled. Let me know if you have other questions. 🙂

  4. Caitlin

    Will this fit a plus size woman with enough room for the baby? I have grand visions of losing weight before having children, but let’s be practical.

    • Tori

      Hi Caitlin! You could very easily add as many extra inches as you need. I used 2.25 yards for mine, but you could make it as long as you want to. It wouldn’t change how you sew it together at all, it would just make it have a longer tail to loop through the ring.

    • Tori

      Hi Alicia! I would stick to 100% cotton or linen. Rayon is a synthetic fiber and not as strong. I just read that you don’t want to have more than 40% of a synthetic fiber blended with natural fiber (cotton or linen), for the sling. It will be worth it to find something 100%, especially for safety. 🙂

  5. Love the detailed tutorial! However, I have to note one thing (positive critisism, not an attack). The baby should be in a deep seated position, with the knees higher than the bottom. Happy babywearing!

    • Tori

      Thank you, Joanna! I did realize that afterwards, but I’m really hoping others watch a babywearing video that shows them the correct way that it *should* look. My baby is much to big to wear him anymore, but I will try to show that better with future babies. Thank you!

  6. I am so excited to try and make this for my new niece!! I am a very begginer sewer and I have no idea the difference in fabrics. Do you think a Muslin fabric would work okay? Thanks so much!!

    • Tori

      Hi Desiree! The important thing about the fabric for the sling is that it has a strong weave (not loose and doesn’t stretch at all) and the weight of the fabric (5-7 oz. is best). If you know where you bought the fabric, you can go back and check the weight, and maybe ask someone who is familiar with fabrics if the weave is strong enough. I hope that helps! If you want more information, this article is really helpful!

  7. Ash

    Hi there from Turkey! l Justin found your tutorial about ring sling which is perfectly told thank you so much 💜💜 i’m buying the fabric today and gonna sew immediately
    Thanks again 💐

  8. Sarah

    Hi! I just found your tutorial and it is super helpful. How much would you say it cost you to make two slings from the one bolt of fabric? Just the cost of materials?

    Thank you so much!

    • Tori

      Hi Sarah! I’m not sure how much it would cost for a bolt, but usually linen is about $10/yard, and you need about 2.5. The rings are also about $10, or I think you can get a two pack for $15. I hope that helps!

  9. Leah

    I just bought my material to make a ring sling – 100% linen. Did you wash your material before doing any sewing? If so, what would your washing instructions be for linen?

    • Tori

      I think it’s always a good idea to prewash fabric before doing any sewing, but you might be okay if you don’t. I wash linen just like normal, and then dry completely in the dryer. I hope that helps, and good luck!!

  10. Kaaren

    These instructions are great!!! I can’t wait to make several for my new grandson due in April. I’m really excited to be able to make different sizes for little mom and large dad, sooo excited. I use flat bedsheets for many projects. What are your thought about strength and durability for this project?

    • Tori

      I’m so glad you found the instructions helpful, Kaaren! These make great gifts! I am no expert when it comes to the fabric type, so I highly recommend reading the article by Jan Andrea about the type of fabric. Her article is very helpful and gives lots of insight on the fabric choice to make sure carrying the baby will be safe. Here’s the link just in case: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/fabric.html

  11. Beth

    Just made this yesterday for my daughter. I used 2.5 yds of a lightweight cotton denim. Took me an hour & it’s a perfect fit for our 6wk old granddaughter! Thanks so much for the instructions!

    • Tori

      You are so welcome, Beth! They were fun instructions to make and it makes me so happy to see so many people getting use out of them! I bet your daughter’s sling turned out beautiful!

  12. Nancy Stockman

    thank you for this tutorial! I’m thrilled you are still responding to comments. I’m going to make 2 slings for my great grandson. Just fyi regarding linen — fabrics-store.com is an awesome online source for linen. I see several etsy shops use them for the slings they sell.

    • Tori

      You are so welcome, Nancy! I respond when I can catch the comments. 😀 Thank you so much for sharing that online resource! I am expecting again and I think I might have to get some pretty new linen to make another!

      • Nancy Stockman

        I have to tell you I gave the slings at the baby shower. When we got back to the apartment my g’son put some tutorials on the big screen and practiced with a stuffed giraffe…walked around the apartment with his ‘baby’ for the next hour 🙂

        • Tori

          That’s SO awesome!! It definitely helps to wear it the correct way, so I’m glad he looked up some tutorials and practiced! 🙂

  13. Covered in Cat Fur

    Thanks for the excellent sewing instructions!

    I really want to make one of these for my cat! She is getting older & wants to be carried EVERYWHERE. Which I wouldn’t mind, except I’ve got too much stuff to do!!! I’m hoping a sling will keep her close to me while letting me work around the house.

    If anyone has any cat sling photos or ideas, feel free to share!

    • Tori

      I’ve seen little kid versions where they put their animals or stuffed toys in a little ring sling, so this definitely works for that too! I’m glad the tutorial could help. 🙂

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