I love my ring sling. It's easy. Easy to wear, easy to put on, and especially easy to adjust. I tried probably four different types of baby carriers and slings before I decided to make this one. Nothing was really working for my little man and I. Either he was uncomfortable or I was. I knew I had to find something, though, because our dear little Legend is still struggling with tummy issues and isn't sleeping much. It needed to be a sling I could throw on in a hurry--because my little people are busy.
I looked up instructions online, but sewing instructions must be written in a different language, or something, because I was so lost. I finally realized that it wasn't as complicated to make as it sounded. Huge sigh of relief.
Here's how I made my ring sling:
#1. I ordered my rings from slingrings.com because they are made with high quality aluminum and are tested for safety.
#2. I chose a cotton blend fabric that was soft and breathable and I used a full two yards to make my sling. I doubled the fabric to make the sling stronger. (The fabric I used actually came from a missionary to India)
#3. Next, I cut my fabric in half lengthwise so that I now had two pieces of fabric that were each 72 inches long and about 22 inches wide.
#4. I laid one long piece of my fabric down with the right side up. Then I matched my other piece to it, making sure the right sides were facing each other. I pinned them in place.
#5. I then sewed three sides together like a pillow case, leaving one short side open. I pulled the inside out through the open side and pressed the edges. Now I had one long piece of doubled fabric.
#6. For the next step, I folded the unfinished short edge of the sling down 1/4 inch and pressed that fold. Then I folded it over again 2 inches and pressed that fold as well.
#7. I drew a line with a sewing pen (tailor's chalk is even better) right at the edge of my pressed two inch fold.
#8. Next, I placed both rings on this short edge--right at the two inch fold and made sure the fabric of the sling was looped over them. I matched my 1/4 inch folded edge to the line I had drawn with the pen and pinned it in place.
#9. Finally, I sewed along this edge 4 to 5 times for reinforcement and for durability.
#10. Now the sling was finished and all I had to do was loop the free end through both rings and then pull it over one ring and under the other. Ta-dah! Now all that it needed was a baby and some adjusting. There are a million youtube videos on how to wear these things, so no worries there.
Speaking of youtube videos on slings, have you seen this one? Hillarious!!