Did you know that you can actually make your own no-sew copycat Moby Wrap?
If you’re anything like me, baby wraps are confusing. There’s too many, they’re pricey, I don’t understand the lingo, and how on earth do you wrap that thing?!
I finally faced my fears, did some research, and came up with this DIY no-sew tutorial to make a copycat Moby wrap. Wrapping these are NOT hard, I promise. I’ve provided step-by-step pictures on how to put it on, and how to correctly wear your baby too. These wraps work best for infants 12 months and under, and are super comfy.
Remember, this tutorial is customizable as far as fabric goes. Stick with a stretchy fabric (think t-shirt material), but not too stretchy. I loved this bright blue birdy fabric I found, and it was perfect for me.
That was one of the reasons I wanted to make my own, because I wanted a custom fabric, but I didn’t want to pay the price. I found my fabric at Joann, and used their app to save some cash.
The length of the fabric is also customizable. A standard Moby wrap is 6 yards long. In researching wraps, I read time and time again that 6 yards was bit too long, so I opted to make mine 5.5 yards– and it was absolutely perfect.
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About 5.5 yards of knit fabric
A pair of scissors
A baby (preferably your own)
Most fabric is 45″ wide. That’s simply too wide to use in a wrap. Just cut it down the middle, lengthwise. Simply follow the crease on the fabric to find the center and snip along that line.
Your fabric will actually make two wraps. That’s it! That’s all you need to make a wrap. No sewing! The knit material wont fray, so you don’t need to worry about it falling apart.
HOW TO WEAR THE WRAP
The rest of this tutorial will be used to demonstrate how to put the wrap on, and to wear the baby correctly.
First, find the middle of the wrap. You can sew a small piece of ribbon on the middle of the wrap to make finding the middle easier, or you can just leave it as is. Bunch that slightly, then wrap it snugly around your middle.
Next, using one hand, hold one side of the wrap behind you. Take the other side and cross it over your shoulder, and through the waist, like in the photo. The back straps will criss cross (see additional pictures), so make sure to visualize that as you’re putting it on.
This is what it will look like from the front, once you have both sides crossed in the back, and tucked under the waist. Make sure that it all stays decently snug, and adjust as needed. The portion of the wrap that is hanging to your feet at this point should be even on both sides. Don’t worry if it’s a little wonky your first time. I promise by the third time you do this, you will feel like a pro.
This is what it will look like from the back at this point. Leaving a little slack for baby to fit in, but not too much slack. Just an even tension.
Next, you will take the two front pieces and cross them, like shown. You will be crossing these around behind you.
After you cross it behind you, unless you have an exorbitant amount of fabric left at this point, you will tie it into a simple knot. If you find you have a lot of fabric left, you can wrap it again, around to your front, and tie it there. Personally, I like it tied in the back. This picture shows the final look from behind.
This is where the baby comes in…or goes in, rather. You will place one leg in one side of the front pouches (if your have a baby that’s under four months, you need to keep their feet inside the pouches, think froggy feet), and the other leg in the other side, taking time to snugly cradle their body in each side of the pouch as you place each leg in. If your baby is over four months, slide their feet out of the pouch on each side, and give their hips plenty of support. Their hips should be in almost a “W” position.
This picture shows how you will snugly wrap the pouch around each side of the baby as you tuck their legs in. Do one side at a time.
Then you will put the front pouch up and over their whole back to give them additional support. Everything should feel snug and secure.
That’s it! Tuck their cute little heads in (you’ll know if they’re safely high enough on your chest, if you can easily kiss the top of their head) if they aren’t strong enough to hold their head up on their own. This hold is only good for wearing the baby on your front, so please do not wear baby on your back in this fashion.