Put down that heavy car seat and make life easier on yourself! Carrying that thing around with you everyday will leave you aching in places you didn’t know you had! Snuggle your baby up close to you, and make it much easier to carry the little one, when you make a sling just for an infant. The sling is designed to hang in front, with the baby inside, and wrap around your back and shoulder to hold. It’s so easy to make the helpful baby sling when you recycle a pillowcase you have on hand.
Use most any pillowcase but not one that’s satiny. Cut the hem area from the end of the pillowcase to get started on the project. Tuck the raw edges of this cut area inside the pillowcase about a half-inch or so. Press to crease well.
Use a second pillowcase to make the strap for the sling. To decide how long to cut the strap first measure the pillowcase as it is right now. Measure across the length of the pillowcase and subtract that number from 58. This will tell you how long to cut the strap. Cut the width to be 8″.
Fold the strap in half to create a long fold on one side. Make sure the right sides are facing each other. Sew across one short end and up the long side of the fabric. Turn the strap right-side-out and sew across the open end.
Pin the ends of the strap to the ends of the pillowcase. Since the pillowcase is much wider than the straps you’ll have to create small pleats on the pillowcase ends to get them to align with the ends of the strap. When the pinning is done simply stitch across the strap ends to attach them. Trim close to the stitching when finished.
A pillowcase carrying pouch for a baby can look much nicer if you embellish with things like tiny satin bows, baby-theme appliques or even felt blocks. These can be sewn on or you can use fabric glue to attach them.
To wear the sling just slide the strap area over your head. Put one arm through the sling and leave the other arm out. Now position the baby in the sling and he or she will be oh, so comfy!