Monday, September 27, 2010

Babywearing Week

Babywearing week is October 6-12. Come celebrate with us. We will be having a meet and greet and the Rigby public Library and a sewing lab.

Saturday Oct. 9 Come join us at the Rigby public library from 11-3 for a meet and greet. We have invited La leche league and birthnetwork as well. We will be there with carriers galore! Come touch, try on, and check out a carrier from our lending library. This will be our Rigby meeting for the month of October. If you currently have a carrier from our lending library please bring it with you to the meet and greet, and exchange it for a new one.

Tuesday Oct. 12 7-? Sewing Lab. It will be at Marie Harris's home (470 Annis Hwy Rigby, Idaho)

Members of Idaho Babywearers will be on hand to personally help you make a carrier safely and correctly without losing your mind. We will be doing safety inspections and showing you how to use your carrier wehn you finish it.

We welcome ANYONE who wants to sew a carrier to come. Bring your friends and your family members who want to sew and learn with seasoned professionals!You will need to bring the following:
A printed out copy of the instructions from the baby carrier you want to make. A list of links to patterns will be listed below. We need the instructions so we know how to sew your carrier.

All materials your instructions tell you to bring. IE: fabric, thread, a sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape, iron etc. Don't plan on someone having anything you can use, you need to fend for yourself!Wear comfy clothes and be ready to have fun!

This won't be a kid friendly event due to the abundance of needles and irons. Please, only bring babies you can wear for the entire event or who won't be able to crawl or walk around for their safety.

*** Some important notes for making carriers:You MUST use durable fabrics. For example, if you want to make a mei tai you need heavy fabric like a twill or a canvas. You can used a quilters cotton for the decorative parts , but for the actual carrier it must be strong and sturdy. Home dec fabric will work too.

Let me say this again: Quilter's Cotton is a bad call for your carrier. You must have sturdier fabric, at least 7 0z

For ring sling makers, please buy your rings at We will not allow you to complete your carrier with any other kind of rings. Safety first! They ship quickly, are light weight and are worth every penny.

Here is a list of links to FREE baby carrier patterns. Remember, these patterns are given as a gift to you and you CANNOT use the patterns to make baby carriers to sell or for any kind of profit. These are only for do it yourself projects or flat out gifts.
Maya Wrap Ring Sling Pattern

The Sling-A-Ma-Bob (a hot dog style ring sling)

The Karma Baby Pouch pattern (Stacey is okay with quilter's cotton doubled up for her pattern, it's your call):
Upmama Adjustable baby pouch hybrid (easy and very nice to have a hybrid!)

:A multitude of different types of baby carrier patterns, including the Sleeping Baby style ring sling (in my opinion the comfiest type of ring sling) and the Ball Baby mei tai pattern. Most of these are very easy to sew:

Beth's Mei Tai (this thing is great!):

The Scandi Mei Tai (wicked fun to sew)

Okay, if you find another pattern you want to use, let us know so we can familiarize ourselves with it.

This is a going to be a really really fun night and we hope a ton of you come out to make a carrier.

Remember, anyone is invited to attend if they want to make a carrier! You don't have to be from Idaho even! Just maybe post a quick comment here or give an email so we know to watch for you!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ashton meeting 9/23

We will be meeting at Ashton Christian Fellowship as usual.  But since preschool has started, come in and go down the stairs and right down the hall. 

And if you have a carrier to return, please bring it back so you can try another one!  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rexburg Meeting

Our Rexburg Babywearing Meeting will be this Wednesday, September 15 at Mommy N'Me starting at 9:30. Mommy N' Me is located just west of Melaleuca. Come and try a new carrier and borrow one from our lending library.