Sunday, March 21, 2010

SweetPod Baby Carrier

Pin It Now! Ever since I saw Jessica's pattern for her SweetPod Baby Carrier, I've been dying to make one. Denzil was friends with Jessica and her hubby in his college days, so we know firsthand how incredibly talented she is. This rockin' woman can seriously do it all and I admire her greatly.

The SweetPod pattern is beautifully laid out and easy to follow. I must admit, I was intimidated to get started because this is different that anything else that I've sewn before. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I did print the pattern... the pattern pieces line up perfectly and the instructions and diagrams are very detailed. It is obvious that a lot of time and expertise went into creating this fabulous pattern. I had a ton of fun making my SweetPod, and can honestly say that I didn't get frustrated once during this project.

I'm so giddy over my new SweetPod... I love, love, LOVE it! Baby Tess is still a bit too young for it (it's for 15 to 35 pounds), but she seemed happy enough while I was using her to model it. Jessica even has videos on how to wear it here.


See, now you want one too, huh!?


If you're interested in making one, I ordered my hardware, webbing and closed-cell foam from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics. Shipping was about $10. For ease of ordering, here is the breakdown of my order (This is the hardware needed to make one SweetPod Carrier):


*I just ordered another heavy duty buckle in place of a streamline buckle.


I purchased my open cell foam from my local Joann's store.



Thank you, Jessica! You are an amazingly talented woman!


17 comments:

A-me said...

A.Maz.Ing!!

LOVE!

KathiNiels said...

Jodi, I love this. It's good to see new pictures - just need to see more of Tess :). You look great!!!

jessica said...

it looks perfect!! i can't tell you how excited I am that you made one. baby Tess will spend many an hour in it i'm sure. my big huge 26 lb. 14 month old still hangs out on my back during shopping trips-- he still prefers it to the cart.

thanks for the OWF shopping list too. I will link to it on my sweetpod page.

RaeLyn said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love your Amy Butler fabric with the black and orange. It really looks great. Enjoy your SweetPod, I think you will find you wondered how you ever lived without it!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

What a cute creation! My mom made a quiet book from you free download, and she wanted me to tell you THANK YOU! Here are pictures:

http://craftingreallyawesomefreethings.blogspot.com/2010/04/craft-32-quiet-book.html

TEXAUS MOMMA said...

I noticed that the sheet of closed cell foam comes in a 40x80 sheet...just wondering when you ordered 6 inches...was it 6x80 or 6x40? Just trying to see if I could make 2 carriers out of 6" or not?

Jodell said...

@ TEXAUS MOMMA - I just measured my remnant piece of closed cell foam (when I ordered, I ordered 12 inches so I'd have extra). It's 40" wide, so if you order 6", it will only be enough for one carrier :)

TEXAUS MOMMA said...

Thank you for checking! I was thinking about ordering extra too, and buckles as well...the carriers are just so cute! Love the one you made!

ArtistMommy said...

where did you get the fabric! it's beautiful!

Jodell said...

@ArtistMommy - the fabric is Amy Butler's Lotus Lacework in Sage. Unfortunately, it's discontinued :(

MommaT said...

Oh bummer, it's SO pretty!
Thanks for the info tho!

ArtistMommy said...

YAY I FOUND SOME!!! I'm so excited to make a carrier JUST LIKE THIS ONE!

Jodell said...

That's so awesome that you found some, ArtistMommy! It's one of my all time favorite fabrics and I was so bummed when they discontinued it. Sooooo pretty :) Happy sewing!

ArtistMommy said...

Thanks! Just a question about your order from OWF:

have you found all those items to be sturdy enough? (buckles, straps)...

I was confused about the difference between tubular and flat nylon webbing when I was looking at it-- as it seemed sturdier??

Jodell said...

@ArtistMommy - You'll want to use flat nylon webbing for sure. Tubular webbing is doubled, and hollow in the middle, and would be way too thick for this project. Yes, it's much stronger (holds like 4,000 lbs, which is why I use it for slacklining), but is overkill for this project and would be too bulky (probably won't feed through your buckles).

I highly recommend OWF for their hardware... it's used for heavy use for backbacking/camping/tents etc. You could probably find buckles and webbing at Joanns, but the Drtiz brand is low quality and would probably break.

Cat said...

Hi
I just bought the sweet pod pdf and i would like to know if the 3/8" (1 cm) are included in the pattern or if i have to add it.
Thanks a lot.

Cat

Jodell said...

@Cat - The seam allowances are included in the pattern, so cut your fabric the exact size of the pattern pieces. Happy sewing!