DIY Soft Structured Carriers - adult & child

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DIY Soft Structured Carriers - adult & child

Post by Dunners » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:37 am

I've been meaning to do this for a while. I think it's going to take me a few edits to get all the info into a thread, so bare with me.

Photos are taken on a cutting mat with a 1 cm x 1 cm grid. Darker/thicker lines are every 5 cm.

You will need access to a sewing machine that handles thick layers well. Access to an overlocker is useful for tidying up raw edges, but not essential.

Adult carrier

When I feel motivated to look for my pattern pieces I'll update the photos with the actual pattern pieces and not a half-made carrier. And I'll take photos to show the rest of the steps to make one (once I can be bothered finishing this one - it will be a few months away ;))

I will also come back and add a wee summary of the lengths of webbing & types of clips I have used.

I prefer to use quality Gutermann thread for strength.

The fabrics for the straps & body are thicker-weight cotton also for strength. (the hood is a thinner cotton, as is the inside of the body).

Outside of body:
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Note that there are darts along the bottom (approx 1" width in total for each dart), this will need to be added to the sides of the pattern if you choose to use darts. One commercially available carrier has darts, another does not. Although the one that does not is slightly longer in the body (about 2"), my personal opinion is that a fair bit of this length is "lost" due to the lack of darts.

Note the position of the pocket, zip on the right hand side, gusset to add to the roominess of the pocket. The top is currently unsewn as the bottom of the hood and the ends of the hood webbing (should you choose to have a hood) is sewn under the top of the pocket.

Inside of body:
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Again, note the use of darts. This piece is quilted with a 100% cotton batting for comfort. (It is my personal preference to use only 100% cotton fabrics to reduce sweating).

Also, note the use of reinforcing in the bottom corners. For the commercially available carrier that has darts, the inside of the body is actually turned out to the front by a wee bit (so the inside body pieces need to be just slightly wider at the bottom).

The Hood:
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Didn't take a photo of the hood ties. The hood is gathered at the top and sides with elastic in a casing. (Top is top in this photo). Need 2 pieces of this piece (sew right sides together with hood ties in, insert elastic in casings, sew closed).

The Straps - Shoulder & Waist:
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Need 4 x shoulder (top in photo) and 2 x waist (bottom in photo). I have given the waist strap a generous seam allowance across the top (about 1")

I will come back with more instructions/photos, hopefully that's enough to get some of you started.



Child carrier:

Again, I will be back with more info about webbing & clips. Here are the photos of the pattern pieces I used...

Main body:
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The black piece is the outside piece, the rainbow fabric is the inside piece. Note how the rainbow/inside piece is slightly wider at the bottom (to allow for the turn out as described above). Again, I padded the body with 100% cotton batting.

Other pieces:
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Black pieces are: (from top to bottom)
Waist strap x 2
Shoulder strap x2 (not shaped liked the adult one, seam is in the middle rather than the sides for simplicity)
Reinforcing corner piece for inside fabric x2

Rainbow piece is for the hood tie x 2

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Rainbow hood x4 (I've since decided I don't like this shape and would not do one like this again)
Pocket gusset (I think :oops: ). I don't have a photo of the pocket on the mat.

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And this is the best photo I have on hand to show how the inside of the body is turned out (in this photo the retro fabric is the inside fabric, black for the reinforcing corner and outside fabric)

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:)
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Post by mermaid13 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:40 am

wow you rock :shock: :lol:
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Post by growingclothie » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:49 am

:shock: :shock: that green one is going to be devine :shock: :shock:

You are sooooo cleaver... when are you going into business selling them??? I'll be your first purchaser!!!
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Post by JandC » Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:29 am

Man you are so clever, don't think I could attempt one....

I'll be your second customer if you are going to be making them to sell :)
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Post by Kimber » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:22 pm

Leanne you are my hero 8-) am I right in recalling that you have not been a sewer all your life?

I'm quite embarrassed that I have been sewing all my life, been to tech to do it and all, and I'd not have the guts to tackle a SSC :oops:

Perhaps I shall have to do one following your instructions :mrgreen:
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Post by mumtotwo » Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:26 pm

Wow :shock: very impressive !
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Post by studymum » Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:39 pm

Wow, that is really cool Leanne :shock: :D
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Post by ednaboo » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:57 pm

Dunners: They look great! Now 2 questions! Firstly, this bit
For the commercially available carrier that has darts, the inside of the body is actually turned out to the front by a wee bit (so the inside body pieces need to be just slightly wider at the bottom).
I've seen that carrier, and I still don't get why the inside is wider?? (might be a dumb question!)

Secondly, what did you use for your padding? I used polar fleece for the straps, and a camping mat for the waist, but it wasn't as thick as I'd have liked.


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Post by Dunners » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:56 am

Thanks ladies, you're very sweet. I will never look at making these to sell - I find them incredibly stressful to make for others (higher standard required) and they take me a very long time (about 7 hours per carrier), not to mention the stress it puts on my machines due to the thickness.

Kimber, I started sewing when Emily was a baby (too cheap to buy lots of nappies so decided to make my own :oops: ). I don't think making a carrier is difficult, just time consuming ;)

Ednaboo - I'm not entirely sure why the inside is visible on the outside - maybe aesthetics? Maybe strength? Anyway, I do it because I like how it pulls the inside fabric out to be more visible ;)

Padding - I cut up a single foam bed topper pad for the shoulder straps (2 layers), and a camp bed roll for the waist.

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Post by Louise » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:09 am

Wow, Leanne you are a legend!!
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Post by Kimber » Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:48 pm

Dunners wrote:I don't think making a carrier is difficult, just time consuming ;)


And I'm incredibly lazy :lol:
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Post by sunbird73 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:58 pm

Can you make this a sticky Leanne?

I would like to try this at some point for my sister, but don't want it to disappear in the months that it would take me to get organised :wink:

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