Stitching a baby carrier: Precious cargo! I use high quality thread (usually Gutterman) and a very short stitch length. I use Xboxes where two pieces are sewn together at a stress point, and I always top stitch. It not only makes a neat finished look, it also adds strength. All hardware (rings, buckles, etc) should be individually tested and purchased from a reputable manufacturer.
Total Time to Completion: 2.5 hours
The basic pattern I followed is outlined here. I chose to make my blanket 20 by 27 inches. I like the longer "skirt" at the bottom. I wanted a reversible carrier, and chose these two fabrics. I doubt the flower side will see much use - Eamon points to the guitars and says, "Tars!"
Cut from blanket fabric: 2 pieces, 21"x30" (1 each of reversing fabrics). With pieces this large, I usually make a rough scissor cut of approximate size, then clean it up with the rotary cutter.
Pin pieces together right sides together. I made a curve at the bottom of my blanket, just because it's pretty. If curve is desired, draw that now. Trim 1/2" away from drawn line.
Sew pieces together along the
long sides and bottom.
Turn, press, and top stitch.
Set blanket aside for now. Cut strap fabric seven inches wide by 180" long (ideally, you would have one long piece of strap. For whatever reason - probably financial - I didn't get 5 yards of my strap fabric, so I had to sew two pieces together). Whenever I sew pieces together on a carrier, I triple sew the seam. In this case, I sewed the wrong sides twice, then pressed the allowance and sewed that down. Fold your strap right sides together, then find the middle and mark it. Lay it on your workspace. Fold your blanket in half, mark the middle, and line it up with the middle of the straps. With a washable pencil or marker, make a mark on each half of the straps to show where the blanket will fit into the strap. You will sew your straps together from each end to this point, leaving the middle open to slide the blanket in.
Insert the blanket into the strap, pin well, and sew.