Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pimp my ERGO - Drool Pads for Baby Carriers

Well, it's nearly International Baby Wearing Week (October 10-16) and I'm organising a fun family event in the Wollongong Botanical Gardens for families who are interested in babywearing or would like to find out more! If you're in the area please come along! :)
Babes in Arms and ERGObaby are sponsoring with some great prizes available! 

I thought my poor little camel/black ERGObaby carrier might be a tad boring for such a celebration! So, I decided I'd make a few tutorials to pimp it up a little!! 

I'm hoping to find a way to 'alter' the hood - perhaps with a trendier fabric than camel! However, to start with I've gone with a really simple project... DROOL PADS

Now these could be made for car seat straps, pram straps, baby carriers and many other uses! Super versatile, machine washable and you can hang toys or dummies (pacifiers) from them too! 

What you will need:

2 pieces of cotton/soft fabric 11" x 8"
2 pieces of terry toweling 11" x 8"
2 x sew on velcro pieces 5" each
ribbon of your choice (optional)
sewing tools/machine

Step 1: Cut your toweling/cotton pieces. 2 of each fabric 11" x 8"
I used a rotary cutter, rule and cutting mat but you could get away with using scissors!

Step 2: Attach a 'hook' piece of velcro to the toweling and a 'loop' piece to the cotton fabric. You need to sew them about 1 inch in from the edge and centered (top to bottom)
See photograph below.

Step 3: Put the terry toweling and the cotton fabrics right sides together. Make sure the velcro tabs are at opposite ends. 

Step 4: Now we're going to make some ribbon tags. These are optional but are handy for hanging toys, dummies or just for something extra for baby to play with/suck on!
Cut some short lengths of the ribbon of your choice. I chose to have two different coloured ribbons and did the pink ribbon 5" long and the purple ribbon 4" long. I cut 4 of each so that I would have a total of 4 tags on each drool pad.

Step 5: I've given a detailed explanation on inserting 'taggy' tabs here. But I'll write a quick explanation here too. 
First you need to fold the ribbon over to make a loop. (pic 1) Lay the loop down on the right side of your fabric and sandwich between the two layers. Pin in place. (pic 2) The loop should be inside the 'fabric sandwich' with the tail ends hanging out about 1/2" or so. (pic 3)
Do this for all four, pin in place.

Step 6: Pin the two layers of fabric in place and sew a 1/2" seam around the edge. When you are returning to where you started leave about 3-4" gap open to turn the drool pad inside out. Once sewn around, remove pins and clip corners to prevent it being bulky. Then turn inside out, I used a pencil to poke the corners out nicely. 

Step 7: Iron flat. Ensure you've ironed the gap you left for turning closed nicely. Sew a 1/4" seam around the drool pad starting over this gap ensuring it is secured in place.

Step 8: Close your drool pads and marvel at your new creation! :)

These would make a great 'new baby' gift as they can be used for prams and car seats too!

TIP: When washing your DROOL PADS it's a good idea to secure the velcro closed so that stray fluff doesn't all migrate to your velcro tabs! You could also put them in a delicates bag. Open them back out again to dry thoroughly.

I'd love for you to post a link in the comments section if you make some of these or have any other ERGObaby 'pimping' ideas!

If you would like to purchase a set of these please email me at:

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