How to Make a Baby Sling From Old Jeans

Reuse an old pair of jeans by making a baby carrier.

| May/June 1982

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    Where to make cuts on the old blue jeans
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    E.A. Brynes enjoys carrying his baby around in a homemade sling.
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    Make the leg belts.
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    Where to sew the straps to make the baby carrier.
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    How to sew the halves together.

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By the time our son reached the ripe old age of five months, my wife and I were determined to find a practical way to tote the little feller around with us. We'd used a stroller, of course, but were eager to share the woods and fields that we loved with our child and to take him to places where buggy wheels feared to roll.

Well, I solved that problem — in a few hours' time and at absolutely no out-of-pocket cost — by making a denim infant pack. The baby hauler is washable, easy to carry and adjustable. If you can sew (hand-stitching will do, but use a machine if you're able), it should be possible to whip one up in no more than a few hours.


Choosing Old Blue Jeans

Begin the project by locating two pairs of adult-sized jeans that have "good" (that is, still strong) backsides. With the rear pockets facing up on your work area (the floor will do), remove the backs of the pants from their fronts. You'll want to leave the hard-to-sew-through seams attached to the discarded fronts, and use only the seam-free backs for the project.


Now, spread the two jean backs out flat, and make a T-shaped cut up each crotch. Note that the top of one "T" runs approximately through the center of the pockets, while the other lies only midway between the crotch and the bottom of the pockets.

Flip the denims pockets-down, and fold each of the four legs in upon themselves to create 4-inch-wide "leg belts." If you spray-starch the legs and iron them flat, you'll find it easier to sew the belts closed. Then, go on to double-stitch the two pieces together along the line above the pockets.

Jennifer Crum_1
8/13/2010 7:46:29 AM

I saw this project last night in the "Almanac of Family Play" from 1983. I love it and can't wait to make one for my little man. I wondered if there might be some more up-close pictures that would help me get a better idea of exactly what it will look like when it's finished, that will help me envision the process. Thanks

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