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15 minutes to a no-sew Tula Slipcover – the Disney Frozen Princess Dress Edition

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Kid Stuff, mei tai pattern | 0 comments

  In Part 1 I had an idea to use some cheap princess dresses as slipcovers for our new Toddler Tula. My girls are almost 3 and almost 5, and they are tall kids. I don’t need a carrier for my older girl any more, but sometimes she tires out on long trips, and since I have a carrier along for my 2 year old, it’s convenient to be able to put my 4 year old up when she needs a rest. I absolutely need a carrier for my 2 year old – we are often on-the-go during her naptime, so she takes her nap in a carrier. As the girls have gotten older, they have gotten pickier about what carrier they want. I’m sure they would have loved a fancy wrap conversion Tula, but they are very expensive, and we already have our awesome wrap conversion mei tai (free printable pattern and tutorial here). I like our denim mei tai as much as the wrap conversion, anyway, so a canvas Tula is just fine by me. My girls are really into princesses and dressing up, so I did some searching and found some really cool Tula slipcovers – this is one on Etsy at Custom Kid Carriers looks really cool, and if the Tula were my only carrier and I were going to use it all the time, I’d go for it (well, or make my own, but something like this is a lot of work)  It looks great! This is definitely NOT the easiest Tula slipcover in the world. Nope. The easiest Tula slipcover doesn’t even need any sewing at all. It’s not a work of art, but it’s cute and we get compliments on it. My girls are like every other little girl out there, and they’re crazy for Disney Frozen, and wanted Anna and Elsa Tula slipcovers. To make the easiest Tula slipcover in the world, I started with this Anna dress on Amazon, and this Elsa dress on Amazon. When I ordered them, they were about $8 to $11 each, including shipping through Amazon Prime. That’s pretty cheap! I also considered using the short dresses that come in the Disney “doll and dress” combos – I have a couple of these dresses but now that my daughters are older, they won’t wear the shorter dresses so it would be no loss to us to cut them up. They came in boxes like this. You need your dress, your Tula, and some scissors.   Getting the dress onto the Tula as a slipcover means that you’re going to have to destroy the dress as a wearable dress. It’s only going to be a slipcover after you get down with it.  You won’t need to cut as much if you are using a standard size Tula. I’m using a toddler Tula, which obviously is bigger than the standard size, so I had to cut the dresses a bit more to get them to fit onto the larger size. If you wanted to experiment with this and make a slipcover for an Ergo or another smaller carrier, I think this would also work really well as a super easy slipcover for any soft structured baby carrier. Part of the reason why the Tula is more difficult to slipcover is because the shoulder straps do not unbuckle. If you were using a Kinderpack, Ergo, Boba, Beco, etc., you could unbuckle the straps and cut some strategic holes, rather than having to cut larger slits. Pics!  The Anna dress laid out next to the Toddler Tula. I got a simple Cloudy...

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DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 19

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in mei tai pattern | 12 comments

Pic 86, 87 – Adjusting the Elastic. You can adjust it as small as the fabric will bunch. Pull the elastic through, then button the elastic twice. I have tried to show how I fold it over. I do this with my kid’s pants, too. If you do not want to use buttons and buttonhole elastic, you could use elastic cord and toggles. When the elastic is adjusted, you poke all of it back through the buttonhole, and it doesn’t really show because of the color of the thread I used, and because of the placement of the buttonholes. You could put all the buttonholes on the inside panel so that they would not show at all, but I thought it would be nicer for the baby to not be next to the buttonholes all the time. I used diaper snaps to secure the hood straps up, but I don’t like how it worked, although it is functional. You can sew a couple of small pieces onto the wrap straps – Put the whole thing on and have someone help you mark where you want them, then just sew them on. I will probably change mine over to that way. Or, do it how you’d like. Done! And you know that you would love to visit some of the sites that inspired this – Blogs/DIY Sites:WrapMeiTai, Hipababy, ThoseMartins, Jan Andrea’s FrankenKozy, HoboMama, A Fuller Day, Fine and Fair, BecomingMamas.  Commercial Makers: Topatop, ObiMama, Ocah, ZanyToes, OpiTai, Wearababy, Bamberoo, Madame GooGoo, Kanaluti, and Earthy...

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DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 18

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in mei tai pattern | 2 comments

Pic 80, 81, 82 – Sink the body of the Mei Tai inside the waistband and sew. I sewed several lines across the top where the two pieces join together. Check both sides to be sure it looks good on both sides. Then finish doing the rest of the topstitching lines, or if you didn’t do topstitching, just sew across a few times to attach securely. I felt like this was enough reinforcement. Pic 83 – It’s all done ! The Horizontal pattern side (the main outside for me, with the buttonholes).  Pic 84 – All Done, Vertical Side Pic 85 – Scrunchable hood And you know that you would love to visit some of the sites that inspired this – Blogs/DIY Sites:WrapMeiTai, Hipababy, ThoseMartins, Jan Andrea’s FrankenKozy, HoboMama, A Fuller Day, Fine and Fair, BecomingMamas.  Commercial Makers: Topatop, ObiMama, Ocah, ZanyToes, OpiTai, Wearababy, Bamberoo, Madame GooGoo, Kanaluti, and Earthy...

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DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 17

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Pic 75 – With it pinned, clip fleece a bit more if needed, then stitch everywhere but the part that meets the body (except the corners you marked). Pic 75a – Turn it right side out. This is turned and I had already started topstitching. You don’t have to topstitch at all. On the Minnie Mouse Mei Tai I just used some Xboxes to reinforce the waist straps. Pic 76, 77 – Topstitch. You could do any design, but I felt like this one was easiest. I just started at the bottom, put the edge of the presser foot at the edge of the fabric, put the needle all the way to the left, and sewed, keeping the edge of the presser foot at the edge of the fabric. To make the next line, I kept the edge of the presser foot against the last topstitch line and the needle in the same left position as before. Repeat. Do NOT sew all the way to the top – you need to leave room to sink the body of the Mei Tai into the waistband. I sewed one line too much and had to backtrack a little. Pic 78, 79 – Press the top of the waistband in. Fold the edges in towards the padding, and press. You may have to trim a tiny bit of the waist ties that are inside there, and that’s ok. And you know that you would love to visit some of the sites that inspired this – Blogs/DIY Sites:WrapMeiTai, Hipababy, ThoseMartins, Jan Andrea’s FrankenKozy, HoboMama, A Fuller Day, Fine and Fair, BecomingMamas.  Commercial Makers: Topatop, ObiMama, Ocah, ZanyToes, OpiTai, Wearababy, Bamberoo, Madame GooGoo, Kanaluti, and Earthy...

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DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 16

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Pic 71 – The wrap waist ties pinned in place. See how I am making an inside out sandwich again? Pic 72 – Carefully fold the wrap waist tie ends up out of the way, and lay the other piece of the waist fabric on top of the sandwich, wrong side up. Pic 73 – Mark the stitching line. Pic 74 – Mark just a bit on top to make the corners neater when you turn it. And you know that you would love to visit some of the sites that inspired this – Blogs/DIY Sites:WrapMeiTai, Hipababy, ThoseMartins, Jan Andrea’s FrankenKozy, HoboMama, A Fuller Day, Fine and Fair, BecomingMamas.  Commercial Makers: Topatop, ObiMama, Ocah, ZanyToes, OpiTai, Wearababy, Bamberoo, Madame GooGoo, Kanaluti, and Earthy...

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DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 15

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in mei tai pattern | 0 comments

Pic 66a, 67 – Mark lines and topstitch the x-box or whatever pattern you want to use for the x-box. I used crescents on the rainbow Mei Tai, and Xboxes on the “Minnie Mouse” Mei Tai. You can use whatever you feel like, as long as it’s going to be a lot of reinforcement. What you are doing here is stitching through all the layers of the wrap strap that are four inches deep into the body of the Mei Tai.  Sew where you marked. Minnie Mouse Mei Tai with X-boxes (details here): Pic 68, Poke the buttons back through, if desired. The body is done! Pic 69, Begin waist. Cut the padding. I used 2 layers of polar fleece. I used 3 with my denim Mei Tai and decided that I only wanted 2 layers here, partly because of how I wanted the flexibility with a small baby. I like just the two layers, YMMV. Use the rotary cutter to carefully trim down about a ½ inch on all sides of the fleece so that it is smaller than the fabric that will cover it – as shown. You want to keep the fleece out of the edges. I didn’t want to make a separate pattern for the padding, so this is what you’re doing. Pic 70 – Now we have to make another inside out sandwich to make the waist. This time all the padding is the first layer, because we did not do an internal structure for the waist. Lay the padding down. Then lay the main back of the waist right side up. Then pleat the wrap waist ties to three inches wide and pin them in place, as shown in the pic. You are going to leave 3-4 inches hanging off the edge of the sandwich, just like you did with the shoulder wrap straps. And you know that you would love to visit some of the sites that inspired this – Blogs/DIY Sites:WrapMeiTai, Hipababy, ThoseMartins, Jan Andrea’s FrankenKozy, HoboMamal, A Fuller Day, Fine and Fair, BecomingMamas.  Commercial Makers: Topatop, ObiMama, Ocah, ZanyToes, OpiTai, Wearababy, Bamberoo, Madame GooGoo, Kanaluti, and Earthy...

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