Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.
And all it took was:
Felt of various colors
Magnetized hematite beads
Hot glue sticks& Glue gun
I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)
Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:
The process is pretty simple.
You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.
After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)
For a while, now, I’ve been a big fan of babywearing. For while the baby is small, there’s nothing better! You can keep your little one close, safe from creepy strangers, and still do everything you need to do.
Since it was 100% cotton, and the right measurements, I used a bandanna for the fabric panel she suggests. I also used 5.5 yards of turquoise jersey (the thick kind).
Simply cut the fabric 20″ from the edge, in order to have a 5.5 yards by 20″ strip. Then launder it, fold in half lengthwise to find the center, and sew your fabric square directly in the center of the strip. For directions on how to wear it, go here. (Since this is basically a moby wrap, the same directions apply.)
3 t-shirts, huh? I can do that! So, I got out a few extra tees, lopped and tied, and I had a new carrier in about ten minutes.
The only issue with the original was that the two load-supporting tubes were of different stretchiness-es. (So not a word.) The point being that the weight of my daughter was unevenly distributed on my back, and can certainly say that it made me paranoid and sore the whole time I was testing it out. And as for how my back fared– I’m still feeling it.
If you do try out the t-shirt method, (which I recommend) here’s some tips:
use t-shirts that are thick, stretchy, and (preferably) without side seams.
Find 2 tees that have almost identical fit, fabric thickness, and color. This will ensure good weight distribution and safety.
Try to use at least 1 long-sleeved shirt; the sleeves are good for tying the two loops together in the back, and if you use the sleeves of the front panel’s shirt, it’ll color-coordinate with the front panel.
If you do use long sleeves to tie the X in the back, use both the sleeves to make the tied portion of the loops even longer. This creates even better weight distribution. (Save your back the pain, eh?)
For your baby’s safety, as with all homemade baby gear, pay close attention and use common sense. If the fabric doesn’t seem stretchy enough, or you don’t feel comfortable using tees with side seams, or you think you ought to buy new shirts to use–adapt this to meet what you need. The most important thing about babywearing is that both you and your little one feel safe with the situation.