DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 15

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

  1. 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.
    66a topstitch x box

    66a topstitch x box

    Minnie Mouse Mei Tai with X-boxes (details here):

    67 sewn reinforcement of shoulder straps

    67 sewn reinforcement of shoulder straps

  2. Pic 68, Poke the buttons back through, if desired. The body is done!

    Pic 68 poke buttons back through if desired

    Pic 68 poke buttons back through if desired

  3. 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 69 begin waist, lay down fleece only, but trim back fleece like this - see size compared to fabric,

    Pic 69 begin waist, lay down fleece only, but trim back fleece like this – see size compared to fabric,

  4. 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.
    Pic 70 lay down one piece of fabric right side up,  on top of fleece, then wrap straps. Pleat  wrap straps to 3 inches.

    Pic 70 lay down one piece of fabric right side up, on top of fleece, then wrap straps. Pleat wrap straps to 3 inches.

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