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After my first trip to FL alone with the boys (I’ve now successfully completed three!) I decided to make a more structured carrier for my travels. The sling was great, but I was always afraid Charlie would flip right out while I bent over to install Jack’s carseat, etc. And we love our moby wrap(s), but sometimes they’re not the easiest for the on/off on/off of air travel. SO, here’s my mei tai variation.
It’s basically just a square with angled corners at the top. The outside is a remnant home deco fabric I picked up a long time ago (dry clean only, but ha!) and it’s lined with a soft blue minky with stars. Instead of batting, I just used an old piece of fleece inside. It has loooong top straps made of jersey material for easily wrapping around, and the waist strap is jersey, too. Actually, the straps are made of a moby wrap that I cut up since I have 5 and really, who needs 5 moby wraps!
My very favorite part is the hood I added out of brown minky. It’s come so much in handy! This is definitely more of a winter wrap, with the thick materials, and the hood fits perfectly in that capacity. I also wore it as a backpack carrier not too long ago, and the hood still did a great job of protecting Charlie from the rain and wind!
Here are some great directions for different wearing positions with a mei tai.
I think this is the only picture I have of the wrap in action…
I’m thinking of making another mei tai with thinner fabrics for summer. If anyone is interested, I’ll try to type of a tutorial as I go.
Two of our good friends are having babies in March, and last week Allison hosted a shower for them. It was a fun time with about 15 mommies and over 20 kiddos!
Anjanette had previously requested a pocket sling, so I made one for her with binding and a pocket out of this great mosaic-looking flannel that I just love. There were some scraps so I quickly made up a coordinating rag burp cloth. Her little guy Aidan got a sling of his own, too!
I made Sarah’s soon-t0-be baby boy and his big sister Addie coordinating elephant outfits! Who says that just because you have opposite gender littles that they can’t coordinate?!
You may have noticed our new header… our friend Erin has designed a new logo for us! Isn’t it cute? We are looking forward to a redesign of our site in the near future, but for now, enjoy our new look! And, if you want to see more of what Erin can do, be sure to visit her site. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re finding us from Kelly’s Korner, welcome! We’re having a great time looking through all the entries on her MckLinky. 🙂 We are Monkey Stitch- two crafty mamas who love to make cute stuff for our kids and yours! This is simply our way of trying to help support our families while getting to do the crafts we love!
I wanted to let you know that for the next two weeks (until Oct. 29) we’re offering a special discount to Kelly’s Korner readers. Just email us your order at email@example.com, and get 15% off plus $1 shipping just for mentioning that you found us through Kelly’s Korner! Be sure to check out our product gallery for ideas of what we offer, as well as our info page. We strive to provide quality, personalized products at the best price possible- cute baby and kid stuff doesn’t have to cost a fortune!
And now for a few of our newest items we’ve just finished…
Introducing… kids’ patchwork scarves- $15.
Each scarf features a patchwork front and chenille/minky back for warmth in those winter months as well as a button and loop for easily keeping the scarf on. Each scarf also includes a little detail such as a decorative ribbon loop or pocket.
Please mention your child’s clothing size to determine length. You can also specify a color scheme if you have a preference. Great for boys and girls!
Introducing… baby taggie crinkle squares- $5
Each crinkle square is made of high contrast black, white, and red fabrics with taggies to appeal to little eyes and developing senses. A great toy to attach to the stroller or carseat!
Introducing… mini felt beanbags- $1 per letter
And finally, it’s not a new item, but here’s another recently finished blankie for a very special soon-to-be-born girl!
It’s been a while since we’ve posted, but we have been busy with orders and gifts! Check back often in the coming weeks for new projects that we’ve been working on!