I have a confession. I gave away my Hava Ring Sling. I know, how could I give away a carrier? Well, truth is I just have so many women having babies around me that I needed to spread the babywearing love! But I missed it. I love the ring sling because it’s easy to adjust and comfortable.
When I found osnaburg fabric for super cheap a few months ago, I grabbed a few yards and dyed them a beautiful rainbow color and got some sling rings to prepare for the awesomeness that is this project. I then let it sit around for a few months until I had so many fellow bloggers like “um where’s that tutorial, girl?!” that I had no choice but to just do it. So I rearranged my entire living room in order to find proper motivation. (My sewing “room” used to be in a corner away from everything and I never found a good enough reason to isolate myself.)
If you’re wondering how I got this rainbow: I used red, yellow, and blue dyes and dip dyed in sections using a small trash can and my tub.
- You’ll need 2.5 – 3 yards of fabric. Osnaburg is great, but linen or a linen/cotton blend is fine too.
- You’ll also need sling rings. DO NOT GO CHEAP.
- Ironing board and iron.
- Sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc.
- You’ll also need a fabric marker, pencil, or washable writing utensil.
In the photo above I simply dyed the fabric, washed until the water was clear, and ran it through the dryer. If your fabric looks like this the first thing you need to do is trim all the edges to they aren’t fuzzy. Then you’re going to fold and press a clean hem on both long sides and one short side. I trim the corners to make the overlap less thick.
On on short side, you’ll only need to fold once because it’s going to be where you’ll create the gather.
Topstitch all the way around, making sure to backstitch the corners to the edge.
You should have a beautiful piece of fabric. You could double fold the edges to make a clean hem on the other short side and have a shorty wrap to tie any way you want.
Assuming you’re going to finish the ring sling, decide how big or small you want the shoulder. I like 5 inches, so I measured down 10 inches (the shoulder is folded in half). Use a fabric marker, pencil, whatever to mark a line all the way down 10 inches (or however many inches).
Place the rings through one corner and line the edge of that corner parallel to the line. Top stitch over the previous hem line making sure to backstitch every couple of inches to reinforce. It’ll gather as you sew all the way down the shoulder.
You can see where I backstitched and it is UGLY, amirite? In order to cover it up I used a zig zag stitch over it. The zig zag stitch will reinforce as well, and since the shoulder takes a beating and holds a lot of weight you can never reinforce too much.
Edited to note: It has been brought to my attention and encouraged throughout the babywearing DIY community to do a minimum of three rows on the shoulder gather. I personally never had issues or signs of weakness wearing this particular sling with just one gathering seam, but you might want to add two more just in case.
And that’s it!
One reason I needed a ring sling is because it makes breastfeeding so easy. I just adjust baby down and pull the top rail over his shoulders and Voila! Discrete breastfeeding on the go!
I am in love with it, I truly am. Osnaburg gets super comfy after just a few washes. Since I washed it extra from dying it, it’s super soft. It’s a great car carrier and folds up nicely for the diaper bag. Not to mention, super fabulous rainbows colors!