Monday, 17 October 2011
Pimp my Ergo - Ergo Carrier Teething Pads Tutorial
I love the Ergo baby carrier. It is definitely the most comfortable way to carry a baby around for any period of time. Roman loves it too, mostly to eat! He loves to chew, dribble and drool all over the straps. It can be a bit of a pain to wash, so I thought I'd make up these teething pads as they're much easier to wash than the whole carrier.
You want to use a fairly absorbent fabric for the back and something nice and natural for the front... your baby will be eating them after all! I used 2 layers of cotton jersey for the back, and a cotton print for the front. If you like, you can add a loop to attach toys.
Ergo Teething Pads
Backing fabric (such as terry toweling, flannelette, or thick jersey)
6 snaps/press studs or 2 strips of velcro
8cm/3" strip of ribbon or bias binding for the loop (optional)
Pattern - download here
Pre-wash your fabrics. Usually, when I skip this step I regret it.
Using the pattern, cut out 2 pieces of your main fabric, and 2 of your backing fabric.
Using 1 piece of main fabric, and one of the backing, place them right sides together. Repeat with the other pieces. If you're attaching the ribbon loop, fold the ribbon in half and using the mark on the pattern, put it between the pieces of fabric for one of the pads, with the fold pointing in.
Sew around the edges with an 8mm (3/8") seam, leaving a hole about 5cm (2") to turn the work right side out. Clip the corners. Repeat with other piece.
Turn right side out. Poke the corners out to make them nice and crisp and then press flat. Make sure the opening to pressed nice and evenly. Working 5mm from the edge, top stitch all the way around. This will close the opening at the same time.
Use the pattern to mark where to attach your snaps by laying your finished piece within the guide and marking the centre of your snaps. Attach your snaps. If using velcro, use the centre of the snaps as your guide and then sew/glue/iron on your velcro.