I just finished making two ring slings, one for Cadence's baby dolls, and one for James.
This one is Cadence's. She's been wanting one for a while, so I decided to make her one for Christmas (and as practice, since it didn't have to be just right... after all, it doesn't matter if a baby doll falls on the floor!). Unfortunately, she went with me to pick out the fabric, and I didn't think I would survive hearing "Where mine sling Mama? When make mine sling, Mama?" thirty billion times between now and Christmas. So, she got to open it at my birthday 'party'.
It works perfectly - and as you can see, it makes snuggles with baby all that much easier!
Next was a sling for me to leave at church. I wanted one with a little bit prettier fabric, and it was also important to be able to keep it there, since I sometimes forget to take one, and that makes for a very miserable service indeed.
I was glad I had practiced on Cadence's, it made it much easier. The basic pattern is incredibly simple and easy, but since I wanted to dress it up a little I actually had to do some thinking. Let me tell you, thinking with a sleep deprived brain and two babies to distract you is not fun :) This tail is with 2 1/8 yards fabric, less than what the pattern recommended, but perfect for church, since I don't have to worry about sitting on it.
I used this pattern. Definately go with narrow pleats if you make one! I used what I thought would be narrow (about 1/2 inch), and while it is fairly comfortable, if I make one to wear longer than the length of a church service, I will use even smaller pleats to have a narrower shoulder.
I also used the website those instruction recommend for ordering the rings in my sling, and was very pleased. If you order some, keep in mind the quantity is for a set of rings, not one individual ring. On a different note, does anyone need some rings? ;)
James liked it just fine when we tested it at home, although he did seem to think he needed to eat it. It now safely resides at church, where it has already come in handy - of course.