So I went to buy some material to make a cotton-linen blend wrap. The material is $22/m. Is that normal?! I may as well just buy a Little Frog wrap. Also, the assistant said any material when snipped would tear. I thought when buying material for a wrap, it had to be a weave that would not tear when ripped. Am I wrong about that? Can I use any kind of cotton (eg Swiss Cotton)?
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08-11-2014 11:02 #1
babywearing DIY cost and materials?
08-11-2014 12:30 #2
A woven fabric will need to have hems sewn on all edges or they will fray. $22 per metre is an expensive fabric, it will be the linen in the blend making it expensive and also makes it feel softer than pure cotton. Pure cotton will be less expensive and then polyester/cotton blends cheaper again.
Personally, while I love the feel of linen, it's not easy care and not as strong a fibre as cotton. I would find something you like in 100% cotton.
A stretchy wrap (google DIY stretchy wrap) can be made out of a knit, which does not need hemming. The fabric feels like t-shirt material and the loom it is made on is wider than most woven fabrics, so you can get 2 wraps from one length. I picked up some on the clearance table at spotlight for $2 a metre and made a stretchy for my DS when he was newborn, it was awesome. They stretch too much one bub gets to about 8kg so you would need to switch to a woven or stuctured carrier then.
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08-11-2014 12:47 #3
Yeah, he is getting heavy now! I need a woven wrap because my back is pretty weak, I need a lot of support. The x to the back on wraps feel uber comfy to me. Thanks for the advice on materials. I am amazed you got fabric for $2/m! What a bargain! I was looking at a linen-cotton blend as I live in Bundaberg and the weather is very hot and humid coming into Spring and then Summer.
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I used cheesecloth for my wraps. It was about $7/m.
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