Friday, October 2, 2009

How to make a wrap

I made a wrap to send to my friend today, and I took pictures so I could teach all of you wonderful people out there on world wide web how to make one too.  My goal is to convert EVERYBODY to babywearing. 

First you need to go to the fabric store, or walmart if you are lucky and your walmart has fabric, and select 5 yards (or 6 if you need a longer wrap) of a stretchy cotton matterial.  The first wrap I made (the pretty lavender one) was 60% cotton, 40% polyester.  It worked nice, but got a little hot.  the stretch was good though.  The ones I make now I try to use cotton knits, usually cotton/jersey.  (Can be found under the "knits" sign in Joannes.  Whooda thunk to look there?) They don't get too hot and have a good stretch.  Plus they are really cute!  This is the fabric I got yesterday, isn't it gorgeous?!
First I fold the fabric in half, and then in half again to make it easier to work with.  (1.5 yards instead of 6)

Then, since my fabric was 60inches wide I folded it in thirds.  (I also could have just folded it in half and had two wider wraps instead of three skinnier wraps)

To make it easier to see where to cut I ironed the edges to make a more definite fold.  If I had just been cutting it in half I could have skipped this step since most fabric is already folded in half on the bolt with a nice crease.

From there I cut along the creases, giving me 3 strips of fabric 20in by 6yds.  3 wraps.  If I were cool and had a sewing machine I would finish the edges, but I'm not cool enough to own a sewing machine yet so they stay raw.

Chris chastized me for using his daughter for product testing.  I don't think she minded.


I made one for my sister. :-)
thank you so much for these directions. I am looking to make for a baby shower present and was so delighted to find out how easy this is. I am 63 so I am cool :) and have two sewing machines, but I almost think it is better without stitching, then all the stretching is even. Just posting to let you know people are still getting help from your post, thanks.
Great instructions thanks. For those who work in metric: 5-6 Yards is 4.5 - 5.5 metres and 60 inches is 153cm. =)
I found this info through google. Thanks so much for doing this I really appreciate this because Im going tomorrow to look for fabric to make my own :)
Thanks for posting this! I was looking for a wrap on line and found they vary in price from $35-$125! I am going to go to Jo Anns and see what pretty material I can find. Thanks again!
Oh wow, thanks everybody! I'm so glad you are all able to make use of this!

Luanne- I'm not sure if you'll check this in time but there is a sale going on at Joann's now, you can get solid color interlock knit for 3.99 a yard instead of 7.99.
Yay! I'm going to try this too! Found you on google. :) Thanks!
Let me know how it works out for you!

Could I ask what you guys are googling that this is showing up under?
Hurray google! I'm making one today. (BTW, I searched "make your own moby" and found you.)
So helpful!!! I'm posting a link from my blog, so my readers can read your instructions. Thanks a million!
This is awesome! I saw Moby wraps yesterday and I'm so glad I didn't bite the bullet and buy one, for $70. This is WAYYY cheaper and totally unique. I hope to make one this weekend. Can someone tell me the difference between the skinnier and wider wraps? Which is better? Why would you choose one over the other? Thanks!!
Kelly- keeping the wrap wider makes it so you can fold it in half and have two layers of fabric, I preferred having two layers when my daughter was younger. If I was using a 30in wrap I would fold it in half because otherwise the straps felt too wide. With 20in pieces though I don't fold it because then the straps would be too thin at only 10in and would be less comfortable.
so I am a little challenged here, why did you end up with 3? To give them away? Is that why you buy 5 yards? Isn't the wrap one large piece....I am confused
About me.... you want one continuous piece of fabric. Weight bearing seams while baby wearing is rather dangerous. And uncomfortable. But mostly just dangerous. Don't want your bundle of joy testing gravity on their own...
So if you buy five yards, you'll have enough width for 2-3 wraps, each in a continuous stretch of fabric.

I'm headin' to Joanns with my coupon first thing in the morning!
I am going to be a Dad again. I am the kind of person who does not want to spend $100.00 or> on baby carrying stuff that is heavier than the newborn. I am glad I found this blog. Next weekend I know where to go to spend the rest of the fathers day gift $$.

Congrats on being a Dad again Jeff! And I'm so glad my blog was able to help you out, Dad's who babywear are AWESOME!
This is cool, I love when people can do it themselves at a more efficient price! I want to make one for me, for my family for my friends! they look so comfortable!
Thank you very much for this info.
I live in Iceland and I´m having my fyrst baby in february 2011 and I will deffinately use this way to get a wrap, but not buy it in one of those very expencive baby-stores here in Iceland.
Thank you! :)
Had this forwarded in a conversation about Moby wraps & I just got 6 yes of a jersey knitt, for $22.50, so thats $11.25 for two wraps or $7.50 for 3. This is particularily amazing since in Canada a Moby wrap is between $60-80. Thanks for the wonderful & easy tutorial.
I'm going to order fabric online from Joann fabric (I live overseas and it turns out that cotton/jersey knit costs more than $15 a yard!). I'm confused on what type of fabric to "Interlock" correct? 60% cotton, 40% polyester...Anyone know if "Ponderosa" is black? Looks black...if I were going to sell fabric via the internet, I would call black black and not create a fancy name ;) Thanks for your help!
Anonymous- interlock is correct! Here is a link to interlock fabric from Joanns, it has the available colors at the bottom, hope this helps!
Thanks for posting this tutorial...I am a huge dummy when it comes to following tutorials and I read through it and was totally confused but hopefully I will figure it out.

Thanks! I found you by using google as well. I searched "Make your own Moby wrap" and someone else had linked to your blog.
I searched moby wrap tutorial and found you. I need to make one of these in the worst way for my 2 week old daughter. I'm dying to know ,though, how easy it is to breastfeed while wearing it. I'm now a mom of 5 and need to be able to multitask!
Congrats on your newest addition Twinmomwv! I can't speak as to how easy it is to breastfeed in, I didn't really do it much. The couple times I tried it were interesting. I don't think I did it the *right* way at all. I would latch her on while holding her cradle style (already was wearing the wrap) then slipped the fabric over her so she was secured. It wasn't really hands free but lessened the weight of her I was having to hold with my arm. I think you'd be able to find much more helpful stuff on nursing in the moby if you searched it on google or youtube. Sorry I can't be of more help!
I made one of these 20 minutes after I read this post. I love it. It was so easy and super cost effective. I really would have paid $40 but I needed it tomorrow and shipping would have taken too long. Now I have two for the price I would have paid for one.
I did notice on other blogs that they mentioned to tapper the ends. I found that so helpful in the wrapping process.
My son fell asleep and stayed asleep for a long time. I can get so much more done now.
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks so much.
You're welcome!

I'd read to taper the ends before too, but was never willing to put in the effort to actually do it, and never noticed any difference.
you are awesome thanks for the easy instructions I have been considering buying a mobi for awhile this saved me money was super easy I made them with my seven year old and my finished product looks awesome and works fine (with test dolly lol) I cant wait for my second baby to finally arrive to put him in it. And I am sure it wont be the last bunch I make either.
Thank you for these instructions!!! I can't wait to make my own wrap; I'm sure it will be far more beautiful, and cooler than my moby! (Plus, I can give the "second" wrap to another mamma at her shower in a month!)
I was just curious for all you ladies who sew...What type of stitch would you think would work best on the edges if you did want to finish them? I have a machine with a whole lot of settings. I'm just not all that knowledgeable of what stitch works best in what situation.

Also would you turn over the edge or just run a stitch?
Also I was at JoAnne's today looking at fabrics and I just wanted to know if the 100% cotton knit's work or if I should stick to the 40% poly 60% cotton blends.

Can you please email me about this at or just post a comment on this thread. Thanks
What fabric is best for a first time user with a newborn?
I am going to try and make the moby. I have a sling and really loved putting my newborn in it, until he gained weight. I was chesty before I got pregnant and am REALLY chesty now. Do you think the moby is big bust friendly?
Wouldn't it have been easier to just say "cut a 20" x 6yrd piece of jersey-knit then wrap away!"?
@LinZ, no it wouldn't, that's not the way fabric is cut. It comes a specific width, usually 60" for knit fabrics, and you decide the length. They won't cut the width at all.
I'm going to make these as baby shower gifts. I found you by googling 'moby wrap tutorial' thanks!
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