Ring SlingI have one Maya Wrap (pictured to left) style sling from this pattern, which is a great sling, and one sling from Jan Andrea's pattern. They are both great carriers but I think that Jan's sling tends to be a little easier to get comfy on my shoulder. I have ordered all my rings from SlingRings.com, and have been very happy with both their quality, selection, and service. It is essential to use good strong rings, not weak craft rings that may break under pressure!
I've used Jan Andrea's pattern, tweaking the body size to fit me. Love her easy to follow directions! That is my second one, to the right.
I've made two, one (loosely) from this pattern, then one with a much wider body but that same basic headrest.
So far I have had NO success finding stretchy wrap material, to my disappointment! I love my Moby Wrap and wanted to be able to make a similar wrap to gift to new moms, but all the fabrics I'm finding either feel too thin, or are super stretchy and not cotton. I have only been able to find doubleknit 100% cotton jersey one place online, in brick orange. Any ideas there, readers?
As far as non stretchy wraps go, I made this one. I am happy with it, but I'd like to upgrade to a linen or other nice woven wrap this summer. We'll see if funds permit.
I've been reading threads in the DIY forum of the Babywearer about woven wraps... so helpful! The Babywearer is a great resource for babywearers, and their DIY forum is great as well...I definitely highly recommend it if you are interested in making carriers! :)
Small print: All the resources I link to (I think) discuss safe sewing techniques and fabric selection, but I'll just reiterate, chose sturdy, appropriate weight fabrics, rings designed for slings (not crafts), and good quality thread, and make sure to really reinforce and top stitch weight bearing seams. As always, while all the info I provide is correct and safe to the best of my knowledge, I assume no liability for the use or misuse of advice, recommendations, or suggestions on this page. It is the reader's responsibility to research, make educated choices, seek assistance from local babywearing educators if needed, and always use common sense when using any baby product. Especially important when beginning to make carriers: always examine baby carriers frequently to make sure that they are not showing signs of damage or dangerous wear! And always make sure that you know the safe way to use your baby carrier.