Isaiah’s beloved mei tai is already starting to show some wear. I think he’s just too heavy for the fleece. I couldn’t even imagine giving it up with how much he loves being in it, so I needed another one. For now, the fleece one still works and he still loves to ride in it, but I decided to make a cotton one so I’d have an extra. My mom pointed out that having two has several advantages, like if Isaiah’s diaper leaks and one has to be washed, I can use the other until it’s clean and I have the option of actually storing one in the car so I’m never caught without it.
I have lots of fabric floating around because I’ve always got a craft idea, but don’t always follow through on making whatever it is I bought the fabric for. It was easy to find some fabric that was big enough for a mei tai. Actually, it was going to be curtains for my room… I accidentally ended up with two different prints to make curtains from and, obviously, only need one for my room. So, the extra fabric became a mei tai. That’s fine with me because it’s a beautiful horse print!
I found a pattern and cut the pieces out last night. I actually did some of the pinning last night, too. I really should have been sleeping… This afternoon, Isaiah played with my mom while I sewed the pieces together. It was really easy to make! I sewed the straps and ironed them so they’d be nice and crisp while I was attaching them to the body of the carrier. Once the straps were pinned exactly where I wanted them, I carefully sewed them into place using a box with an “X” through it to make sure it would be sturdy. That left me with attaching the front. I sewed it on with a double row of stitches (just because I could, since I was using a contrasting thread) and my mei tai was finished.
Isaiah couldn’t wait to get into the mei tai! It’s been chilly and rainy all day. After supper there was a brief time that it wasn’t actually raining, so I put Isaiah in the mei tai and off we went. It was a really short walk since it was pretty cool out (worthy of wearing jackets). He loved every second, though!