Last week, I took the girls with me to the tailor district of Sharjah to pick out some fabric for a no-sew baby wrap. I used a sling with my first two babies, but, like most of my other baby gear, it has long since been given away (a post about the kindness of my neighbors in donating baby gear is forthcoming). I was excited to see Birth Faith's post about a no-sew baby wrap, and I figured I'd be able to score some cheap fabric around here, no problem.
I was right. Not only did the girls and I have a blast exploring the fabric stores, we found some nice, serviceable, blue stretchy cotton to use for the wrap. I got four yards (it was interesting to find out that the fabric stores here still deal in yards, not meters) for 80dhs, which is a little over $20. For that price and amount of fabric, I made two wraps.
I had help, of course.
My big belly prevented me from trying the wrap out myself, but Magdalena was a willing model. Obviously the real baby will sit a little lower, but this was the best we could do with a hard plastic doll.
I'm so excited to try out the wrap for real in a few weeks, and I'm thrilled to have made something myself that would have cost much, much more to buy. Also, a trip to the tailor district is always a pleasure. Really! The girls each have a few bolts of fabric in mind to make something out of, once we figure out what that "something" is. I can't wait to find out.