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From: MargieT3
Date: 05-05-2006, 08:01 AM (1 of 8)
My daughter just had her 4th daughter in late December and she wanted to know if I could make her a maya styled baby I did and found them easy and enjoyable to make. I am now making them to sell. The traditional Maya's sell for $45.00 plus shipping and handling. Mine are made of lightweight cotton, in plain colors and cute baby prints. I am planning on putting some on Ebay and my daughter is making me a web site. Anyone also doing this and have any suggestions or comments? Thanks, Margie
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Member since: 02-19-2006
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-05-2006, 08:06 AM (2 of 8)
What is a Maya wrap? Welcome to Sew Whats New. :bluesmile
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From: kameline
Date: 05-05-2006, 09:29 AM (3 of 8)
Can you post some pictures???
I would love to see them :up:
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From: Bama
Date: 05-05-2006, 02:53 PM (4 of 8)
I'm not sure what that type looks like, but I made myself a baby sling when my daughter was born. I saw some for sale somewhere and came home and made one. I loved having it when I went shopping. I used it from when she was newborn til she could walk. I used it to cradle her when she was tiny and to help support her weight on my hip when she was bigger. Would make a great baby gift. :up:
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From: Sancin
Date: 05-05-2006, 03:52 PM (5 of 8) - follow links for different types and patterns
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From: Melanie T
Date: 05-08-2006, 10:25 AM (6 of 8)
I have used the Elizabeth Lee sling with my first three kids, but with the padding it is impossible to make small enough. It is much more complicated than the maya wrap one to sew as well.

I like the look of the maya wrap sling here. The videos on the maya wrap page on how to use them are AWESOME!

I can't wait to sew the one I have sitting on my work table and try it when baby comes in a couple of weeks. If the maya wrap is as simple and easy to use as it seems, I think I will be taking my padded slings to the 2nd hand store for someone else to use!

Last night I figured out how to use my narrow hem foot, and so will be using that on the sides of the sling. It is alot easier than I thought it would be. Wow, a new technique and a new toy. What a combination.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Melanie T
Date: 05-08-2006, 12:05 PM (7 of 8)
MargieT3, Several quick observations about the maya wrap sling that I just made that you might want to take into consideration as you start making them to sell:

1. Using the narrow hem foot really cuts down on time
2. 2" rings (that I happen to have on hand) are small, the 3" suggested in the directions will be better
3. Printed cotton is too light for long term wear. I tried mine out with my 2 year old and it will work for a while, but then start cutting in and will be uncomfortable after about 15 minutes
4. Fabric that is the same on both right and wrong side is necessary for the sling to look nice. The way it folds shows both sides equally when worn. #3&4 are the reason the purchased ones use the handwoven cottons from guatamala.
5. Sling works great for 2 year old over 7+ month pregnant tummy. I am taking it shopping when I go to the fabric store to buy a yarn dyed heavier cotton to make another one with.
6. The video on the maya wrap site make this work. You will need to write good directions on how to use these if they are to be successfully used by your customers.

You might have to change the design slightly to sell to avoid copyright, infingment issues. The directions I used said that they can not be used to sell or for commercial gain. Be careful of that.

Thanks for the awesome idea, I can't wait to try it with a newborn, and these will make great shower gifts.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: swartzrn
Date: 05-08-2006, 12:32 PM (8 of 8)
My friend who sells them went into Microsoft publisher and made a really cute brochure with pics of her using her sling w/her baby. She noted several different ways (with pictures) to use the sling and so forth..the customers she has have commented on how much they enjoyed having the instructions as well. just a thought..
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
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Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
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