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Osnaburg Wrap for Babywearing

Here is a “tutorial” for making an Osnaburg wrap.  It’s totally not hard. At all. However, when I was looking online to try to find a tutorial (or even clear opinions on the matter), I couldn’t find anything… and I’m a good Googler. So, I thought, why not share what I learned with others?

What is an Osnaburg wrap?

An Osnaburg wrap is simply a woven wrap for babywearing. Have you heard of a Moby wrap?  Well, a Moby wrap is a long piece of stretchy fabric that you wrap around your body in a way that you can carry your baby on your body.  However, Moby wraps do not last forever because since they are made from a soft, stretchy cotton, your child becomes too heavy for the wrap and begins to sag.

Proper support is important. Here is a link to some pictures of woven wraps and a really good explanation.
(I don’t want to steal a picture of a random mama and put in on here. That’s creepy.)

So, as your child becomes a toddler/heavier baby, you would be best if you transition to a woven wrap, backpack carrier, or mei tai. Most of these things are fabulous, but they START at $60.00 +. I can’t afford that.

However, you can MAKE a wrap for less than $20! 

Enter Osnaburg.

Osnaburg is an inexpensive muslin fabric that gives a little on the bias (a 45* angle) and is the most ideal for homemade babywearing wraps.

This is all you have to do to make a wrap, essentially.
*get fabric
*cut
*finish ends
*wear baby/toddler

Begin by purchasing 6 yards of Osnaburg fabric (I bought only 5, so I had to make adjustments). I went to Hobby Lobby, used my 40% off coupon. Osnaburg was $4.00 a yard there, so I spent roughly $12.00 on my whole wrap.

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Cut your fabric at 30 inches. This is where I found the most discretion.  The fabric comes at 45″ (width) and some people simply say to cut it in half.  However, if you’re a wrapping newbie, and if your child is bigger, you want the extra coverage.  30″ is best.

Then, because I only had 5 yards, and I wanted a little color, I decided to sew on some fabric at the ends.  This gives me a little extra tie space.  Osnaburg shrinks, so you don’t want to end up short. 

I used a French seam to secure the ends, and that will be my next post.

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The finished French seam.

*You must be extra careful when adding anything on your wrap, like panels. This wrap is carrying your child and you don’t want to compromise the integrity of the fabric and risk harm to your child.  Even with the French seams, I have to check them regularly to make sure it doesn’t wear down. Also, do not buy 2.5 yards to make a 5 yard wrap! Your baby will go in the center of your fabric, and you don’t want to make the fabric weaker by cutting it up and placing a seam where your baby’s booty will reside. :)

Then, find the center of your wrap, and mark it. Add a ribbon or something to make sure you KNOW it’s the center of the fabric.  You don’t want to have to try to find the center every time you wrap. Sew in place.

Almost done!

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Unfinished edging.

Then, finish your ends by hemming or surging. IMPORTANT: you need to differentiate between the two long sides of the fabric. You can sew or surge with different colors, or different stitches.  I used a zig zag stitch on the top side, and a straight stitch for the bottom. Some people say that you don’t have to finish the ends, but I hate unraveling, so I don’t recommend it.

Finish the ends.

DONE! That’s it!

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The finished product! Note the ribbon “center” mark and the zig zagged edge at the top, the straight edge at the bottom, and the French seams!

So, the entire project took $12.00 and a little free time in the evening! I use this wrap to put Bluebelle on my back or front.  It can also do a hip carry! She’s 22+ pounds and this wrap puts little to no strain on me. I use this for my workouts and when I’m trying to make dinner and she won’t let me put her down. :)

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A front carry.

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Also, if you’re interested more in babywearing, let me know! I’ll be glad to share some fabulous links with you!

~April

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