Today is National Sewing Day! Have you been anxiously awaiting this day all year? Yeah, me either. I didn’t even know it was until this morning when I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and saw someone else mention it.
In honor of National Sewing Day, I have decided to share one of my favorite projects — a DIY Moby Wrap. And this is something even the most novice of novice sewers can make, because, guess what? There’s only a few stitches. If you can use a pair of scissors, you can do this project.
While I was pregnant, I really got the sewing bug. I wanted to sew everything! And I did get quite a few things done — a blanket, burp cloths, car seat cover, and more. One of the items I really wanted to get was a Moby Wrap, but I couldn’t justify buying it for 50+ dollars. When I got to thinking about it, I realized that the Moby was really just a long, sturdy piece of fabric, and I could easily make it at home.
The hard part was finding the right fabric, for the right price. For about a week, I scouted out Fabric.com for the perfect fabric, that wasn’t too ugly. One day, I found an excellent deal on the fabric I used while browsing their clearance section, and got all of it for about $10 (you can find all their current coupons here.) Which made this price even better, is that I was able to make three Moby Wraps out of it! And because I used jersey knit, I didn’t have to finish off the sides, because jersey knit is no-fray anyways.
So here’s what you are going to need if you want to make one, and how to do it!
DIY Moby Wrap
Time: 15 minutes
Layout the fabric. You’ll need a large space, because 5-6 yards of fabric takes up a lot of space!
Divide fabric into two or three equal parts, depending on how many you want to make. I made three, and I felt it was the perfect size. You want the fabric to be at least 22 inches wide. I used a pen to mark the divisions.
Cut fabric along lines that you drew.
Fold newly cut pieces of fabric in half. At the top of the fold, sew on the 3×3 piece of fabric. Because of how you put the Moby on, you’ll want to be able to find the center quickly.
I hope this made sense. If you have any questions, let me know! If you want to know how to put it on, YouTube has plenty of tutorials, and I’ll update this later with a tutorial. Here is how it should look after you tie it though, as modeled by Forrest. You can tell how thrilled he was!
I highly recommend babywearing, especially if you have a fussy baby. Many times, putting Jack in my Moby was the only way he would calm down, plus I always love putting him close to me. The Moby will support a baby from about 8-15 pounds. Always make sure that the baby can breathe! We’ve since retired our Moby and moved onto other carriers, but here are a few pictures from our Moby days.