Monday, March 11, 2013

Moby Wrap Knock-off

Here's the thing.  Everybody has things to do.  And most everybody has two arms with which to do those things.  The other thing is, that some people have babies.  A baby very often requires one, if not two, of those said arms.  Unless you want to quit doing all those things you have to do, a solution is required!  Fortunately, I'm not the first person to realize this problem.  There are baby carriers galore in this world.    One that I researched and rather liked, was the Moby Wrap.  So, in usual fashion, I decided to check Pinterest before actually buying something.  There were a few tutorials floating around, but really, there isn't much to explain.  Here's how it goes.

#1: Buy three yards of stretchy jersey knit fabric.  Make sure it stretches both ways.  It'll stretch one way more than the other, but it should at least give both ways.  Then spread it out.

#2: Fold it in half ...

...and in half again.

#3: Measure and cut it in half.  You're creating a skinnier piece of fabric that's twice as long - six yards.

 I really can't stress how imperfect this can be.  It's almost impossible to completely smooth out this don't even try.

#4: Now take two of the short ends and sew them together.  I didn't pin and stress about the edges curling...I just made a good strong seam (I sewed over the original seam one or two more times).

 #5: Unless you are pure magic, you'll end up with something like this... just take a pair of scissors and chop it off.  I'm telling you.  Imperfection is the key.

And that's it!  You should have a piece of fabric that's about six yards long and 25 - 30" wide.  It's a lot of fabric, my friend.

Now here's the humiliating part where I show you a video to demonstrate how to put it on.  It's pretty professional, so just hold on to your hats...

Moby Wrap 0-6 Mo. from Anna Johnson on Vimeo.

How 'bout that?  Hope it makes sense.  Hope none of you want to punch yourself in the face when you hear my voice, like I do.

So, if you've got a few minutes and can sew a straight(ish) line, you can save about forty big ones by making your Moby rather than buying it.  If you grab your fabric on sale, you should only spend about $10 on it. That's like a sweet, sweet melody to my penny pinching little heart.


  1. Anna, I love my moby but have a blue one from Andy that my sister got me! Wanted to get a pink (or another girly color) for Lyla but hate the price! Thanks so much for this! I am totally making one for my sweet girl! (And your voice was fine on the video!!!)

  2. Ha! Thanks, Megan :) Glad this could help!

  3. Awesome project! When I have a baby, I'd like to make same for myself too :)