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SSC! (Soft structured carrier)

July 29, 2007

I stayed up until 1am this morning sewing this (started after the kids were in bed, about 9pm), but it was WORTH IT. This is my first soft structured carrier. The waistband is curved, divided into three sections, and padded with 2 layers of a thin but dense camping mat. The straps are padded with 1 layer of the same mat. The body is unpadded; I tend to prefer it that way though I did like the padding in the leg section in the APLX, if I can work out how to do something like that.

I still need to make a chest strap (because it is worn rucksack-style, the chest strap holds the two shoulder straps together across the top of the chest – it works much like a heavy hiking/camping rucksack), but I’m out of webbing. The straps don’t seem to slip too much, so it’s wearable.

When I make my next one (I have plenty of camping mat left, and got some buckles off Freecycle and of cours e have plenty of fabric ;P, so the only added expense will be some more webbing), I will make the waistband a little less wide/tall, and the shoulder straps a little less wide. Other than that I’m pretty happy with it, especially considering it’s a no-pattern job again (I used some tips from The BabyWearer DIY forum, but no actual templates or anything).

Alastair DOES fit in it, and I WILL get some action pics but not when I’m still in my PJs at 11am on not much sleep ;P

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2007 3:46 am

    gorgeous carrier! great job, and fantastic fabrics

  2. August 3, 2007 2:16 pm

    wow- love that fabric and it looks so comfy! i have been looking at the beco carriers as I’m not liking my ergo as much anymore but maybe I could just make one instead.

  3. August 23, 2007 5:59 am

    wow that looks awesome 😀 Well done!!! I will be looking at making something similar soon 😀 I never would have thought of using camping mat!!!

  4. August 24, 2007 2:53 am

    Oh wow. That is fantastic! It’s so similar to one I have in my head! way to go!

  5. August 30, 2007 11:46 pm

    That is truly amazing – it looks just like my Ergo only much cuter! I can’t believe you did it without a pattern

  6. September 18, 2007 12:14 pm

    that’s incredible!! nice work! :o)

  7. August 16, 2008 3:15 am

    Do you have a pattern or did you just eyeball this? I am trying to fidn a pattern to follow to do this. crussell@campusoutreach.org

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