Baby Sling Pattern
can make your own baby sling easily with this free baby sling
you need are some basic sewing skills, and this tutorial.
the baby sling
page to find out why I love this type
of baby carrier. You'll also discover links that help you
make the best
, several creative design options, and wearing
and safety information for creating your
perfect custom baby
free baby sling pattern is for non-stretchy
fabrics. If you're
interested in a free baby sling pattern for making a
sling with a
fabric, like fleece or knits, please see this pattern instead
And be sure to check out the nursing
A nursing cover is the perfect compliment to your baby pouch
sling, as it allows you full privacy anytime...even on the go!
I created this
instruction page for someone who has never sewn a baby sling before.
This is the long version, and it has very detailed
instructions and tips. Please
...just read through slowly, step by step.
easier than it looks!
Want a short version? Click here for a fast
photo guide baby sling pattern
Note: Please educate yourself on wearing and safely using a
This pattern is offered as my gift to you, but it is doesn't include
any guarantees, and is 'use at your own
Tips For Designing Your Baby Sling Pattern
- See this page for
adorable reversible sling combinations, and several design options to
consider that will personalize your free baby sling pattern.
- Discover some great ways to save money
when you sew a baby sling. My sister Frugal
the best strategy to saving
money on sewing supplies, and even some top
secret, but practical ways to save money on fabric.
- 2 yards of regular **non-stretchy** fabric.
can make 2 unlined baby slings
with two yards of heavy weight fabric,
like home decor fabric, cotton duck or denim.
self-lined baby sling
a lighter weight fabric,
like quilting cotton, seersucker, chambray or calico.
buy 2 yards of each fabric type.
will be able to make two lined/reversible slings
from your 4 yards of
- A sewing machine*and accessories
- Iron and Ironing board
- Thread in a contrasting
or matching color to your fabrics.
- Yarn or string to
help lay out your curve and tapering cuts. (optional)
*Hand sewing on pouches is
not recommended, as the
center seam is
weight bearing. For baby's safety, it is critical that the
seam be as strong as possible.
Baby Sling Pattern
and iron your fabric.
skip this part! Especially
using 100% cotton fabric. It’s very tempting to
just dive right in
with that beautiful
new fabric you’ve just purchased.
But if that
finished sling you just finished shrinks in the wash, it will become an
duckling that may not even fit correctly. Don't ask me how I
and ironing is what
makes the difference
Time Saving Tips for Cutting Your
Baby Sling Pattern:
you are lining your sling, you can
line up your fabrics with right
sides facing. Then proceed
with the rest of the free baby sling pattern directions, cutting both
pieces of fabric as you go.
sure to keep those edges lined up
and neat as you make your cuts and folds. This makes it
easier to sew straight and professional looking seams later.
- The illustrations in this baby sling pattern
are not to scale...the goal is to clearly represent the idea that I am
trying to convey to you. If you would rather have photographs
to go by, then try this photographic free baby sling pattern.
It's not quite as detailed as this free baby sling pattern.
- Look for more tips and time saver advice as you
Fabric to Width
your fabric and lay it out flat on a cutting surface or the
you’ll be measuring and
cutting the fabric so that it is the right width for a sling.
This cut will determine
how high the sides
of the sling are when worn. You
can either choose the standard 22" side or a higher 24" side for your
sling. I'll walk you through your choices and fabric widths
here...stick with me.
to Choose Shorter Sides: Cutting
your fabric to 22" wide creates a shorter sides ling. This is
the standard width of most slings, and your most efficient use of
fabric, allowing you to get 2 slings out
of one 44” piece of fabric. Shorter sided slings
for older babies who already sit up well. They are perfect
the hip carry, as there's not as
much fabric to bunch up baby's back. The 22" sling works
fabrics like canvas and denim. See fig.
sling out of 44" fabric.
to Choose Higher Sides: Higher sides create a deeper pocket in
your baby sling. I
like the sides on my slings to be a little higher for newborns and
younger babies, especially if I am
making a tapered sling. A 24" side
allows me to temporarily shade or cover
the baby to keep wind or strange fingers out off of her face when I
in a cradle hold (just be sure to leave plenty of air circulation if
do this). The
higher sides also supports the baby’s head and back when they
facing you in a seated hold. This helps a younger baby to sit
in the sling a little easier. I like a sling to be
about 24 inches wide, and so I cut
fabric to 26” (which includes seam or hem
allowance). See fig.
cutting a 24" wide, deeper pocket sling.
A Sling With
22" (Standard) Sides
|Instant Self Lined Baby
Sling Pattern with
44" fabric: You can fold the fabric in
half (right sides together) and create an instant lining for your
sling. This is a great choice for lighter fabrics like
If you want to make a self-lined sling, simply fold
your 44" fabric
lengthwise down the center (usually along the bolt fold line) with
right sides facing. See the
left side of fig.1
move on to the Then
to continue laying your fabric out. You
will not need to stitch down the folded long side at the first sewing
have a good heavy weight fabric, and choose to use the 22”
wide baby sling pattern, you can make two unlined slings.
Just cut your 44” piece of
fabric in half,
right along the long center (bolt) fold
line. See the right side of fig.
fabrics that are wider than 44" (fig. 2)
a sling with lower sides, follow the instructions on fig. 2
fold your flap at 11". If you want a sling
sides, then fold the flap to 13”. Cut along
top edge of
the folded up flap of
Saving Tip: Since
I make these regularly for gifts, I cut a piece of poster board
to 13" tall, and drew a line on it to mark 11" tall. I use it
a template to fold my fabric up to the right depth.
You can use your leftover fabric
to make a matching nursing cover, a custom pouch for your sling, or
even a pocket if you want! Since the fabric you've just cut
already folded in half, you’ve already done
the first step of Laying
Fabric Out To Cut, so skip
down to Then
Fabric Out To Cut
your free baby sling pattern
First, fold your 22-26 inch
fabric as shown by matching long edges
of the fabric together, making it narrower down the whole length. (fig.
fold, matching up the short sides of
the fabric, which makes it half as long as it
was. Fold it neatly so that the edges
and corners are all lined up perfectly. All 4 corners of
should meet at the top right.
The illustration (fig. 4), shows
the fold 'in progress'. I have
allowed you to see all 4 corners, but you'll want them stacked neatly
so that it looks like a plain old, boring rectangle of fabric...like Fig. 6.
your Custom Measurement
a free baby sling pattern
very highly recommended to take your body measurement for a
custom fit. (fig.5) To get your
custom measurement, measure across
the front of your body from one shoulder to the opposite hip bone, and
then add 3” to the body
is your custom length measurement. The extra length is allowance for
the pouch that cradles the babies heiny. When in doubt, go
larger. It's simple to cut along the seam and just
smaller. You don't have a simple option for making a small
you are making
the sling as a gift, and cannot take a custom measurement,
here is an average size chart that I use: Choose the size
based on what size fitted shirt you wear.
It's always best to take
an actual measurement
instead of relying on an average size, but these
are helpful guesstimates if you are making a gift. If you
more questions about sizing, there are some helpful tips on
the FAQ page
Please give me feedback
if you find these sizes too far off...they will vary, and are not
nearly as reliable as taking a custom measurement.
Do not add
3" if you are using a measurement
from the size chart. The allowance is already built into
Out Your Free Baby Sling Pattern
This is what your folded fabric should look like when it is ready to
cut. All of the corners should be lined up in the upper right
hand corner. Using your custom
measurement, (or an average measurement from size chart
Measure (fig. 6) from
folded left edge of your fabric, and mark your correct length along the
top and bottom edge of the fabric (I like to use a pin to mark my
fabric to length in a straight line from one mark to the other.
Note: Since your
fabric is folded in half lengthwise, it is actually twice as
long as your body measurement. This gives you enough
fabric to go all the way around your body when you’re wearing
Another Note: If you're cheap like me, and like to save fabric, then
you can slide the top layer of fabric back to the measuring tape.
This will cause the bottom layer to have a larger scrap left
that you can squirrel away.
the Curve for Your Free Baby
Next, you will cut a curve
that will become the pouch
shape that baby will sit in. Marking
cutting the curve is
the trickiest part of this free baby sling pattern, but it looks harder
than it is. Just
take it slow and follow the directions.
When you make your second sling, it will make more sense and is
much easier. I use pins and
string to mark out the curve. (fig. 7)
I like to
place a pin at the
bottom right corner to hold everything in place while
Pin straight down into the
carpet or cutting board through all the layers of
are going to measure and place a pin 3 inches back from the top right
pin straight up, through all the layers of
fabric. Move down 1/2 inch
and put another pin directly below the top pin. The 1/2"
part is the seam allowance that you'll need to hem the sides of your
we’ll mark out the
Use a piece of yarn or string to help you lay out a curve as
shown in fig. 7. When you are satisfied with the shape, place
pins or draw along the curved string to mark your cutting line.
Cut out your curve.
Now you can taper
your baby sling , or create
of your sling if you wish to make others in the
future, or just proceed onto sewing
your baby sling.
a Tapered Pouch Sling (optional)
A tapered cut
will reduce the
amount of fabric that lays across
your shoulder when wearing your baby sling.
Measure from the lower left
hand corner where the fabric
folds in half both lengthwise and widthwise. Place a pin 7
inches up the folded side (fig 8). Next, place a pin at the
far right hand corner through all the
like to stretch a string between the pins to
lay out a straight line and pin through it
to mark my cutting line. Make this angled cut from one pin to
a Free Baby Sling Pattern
your custom size!
plan on making more than one sling, then use the sling that you've just
make a quick paper version of your custom made
free baby sling
pattern. Take the folded sling
fabric, and lay
it on a piece
of heavy paper. A cut and
unfolded paper shopping bag or a heavy
wrapping paper would work well.
trace around your sling
to create a
paper pattern. Be sure to label the pattern with the name and
measurements of the person who it is made for, as well as the
(stretchy or non-stretchy). Now all you have to do for your
next sling is fold
the fabric, pin
on your free baby sling pattern, and cut it
easier to make
modifications when you make your own free baby sling pattern.
first sling turns out a little too long after you sew it, or you want
the pouch to be
just make some notes on your paper pattern, and make the needed
your next sling.