You may recall me including the Moby Wrap in my list of winter baby essentials. Trust me when I say that we really do use it often. My breastfed baby loves being close to mommy, and it makes getting things done a lot easier when I can “hold” her hands-free. The problem? I needed a second one!
I use the wrap both at home and when we are out and about, and I’ve kicked myself on more than one occasion upon realizing I’d left the house without it. So I needed a second wrap, but really wasn’t keen on the idea of spending another $50. Of course, a Moby Wrap is really just a very large piece of sturdy fabric. So when Walmart challenged me to share a DIY project, I knew I wanted to try making one myself.
The good news? It’s super, super simple. The better news? You can make it for next to nothing if you can find a good deal on fabric.
- 5-7 yards of fabric with some stretch
- Scrap of complementary fabric
As I mentioned, a Moby wrap is really just a very long piece of fabric. You’ll need 5-7 yards of a great, relatively lightweight fabric with some stretch. Yes, that’s a lot of fabric, and no, you can’t go short on it. You need one long, continuous piece of fabric so it will be sturdy enough to hold your baby. The variance in the yardage you’ll need depends on your size. I am a size 14/16, and 6 yards provided just enough length to tie the wrap in front. If you want more length or you’re a larger size, add another yard. Or if you’re petite or slender, 5 yards should suffice.
The idea here is to find a fabric that won’t fray when cut, so you don’t have to hem it. I got extremely lucky and found a great cotton/poly blend in the Walmart fabric department for just $1/yard. I bought 6 yards at a total of $6. The awesome thing is that this yardage will make two wraps, so you’re really getting a lot of bang for your buck.
Cut the fabric in half lengthwise, so you wind up with two pieces of fabric that are 6 yards long.
Fold one piece of fabric in half lengthwise and by width. Cut a narrow triangle from the ends of the four layers of fabric to taper them slightly. This will allow you to tie the ends more easily.
As you can see, there is tons of room for error and the cuts don’t have to be perfect.
Finally, you want to make a patch to help you find the center of the wrap when you’re putting in on. Cut a scrap of fabric about 5″ x 5″. Fold it in half, right sides together, and hem along the edge to make a tube.
Next, sew along one end and flip it over. Finally, fold the top of the tube in on itself. You’ll be left with a small square of fabric.
Find the center of the wrap by folding it in half. Pin your patch to the fold in the center and sew it in place.
Seriously, this takes just a few minutes to do, and you can make two from one piece of fabric. It’s probably more challenging to put the wrap on than it is to make it. So here’s a video to help you learn how to wrap it. Trust me that it becomes intuitive after you’ve done it once or twice.
I prefer to put on the wrap while it’s folded rather than bunched, and Juliza and I prefer the newborn hug hold (so she’s more upright).
So now, I have two wraps to keep at home, and I’ll keep the original Moby, which comes with a carrying pouch, in the car so I’ll always have one on hand.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.