The SweetPod is a soft structured baby carrier to help you lug around a baby from 15-30 lbs on your front or back. I designed the SweetPod because I have a lot of kids and need to keep my youngest little chunk close and cuddled while I cook dinner, tromp through the creek, and go grocery shopping. I figured I could save money by making my own and also thought there must be other crafty, frugal moms out there that would like to do the same. The pattern is 2 PDF files with full size pattern pieces and a thoroughly illustrated instruction booklet.
I absolutely love my carrier and couldn’t imagine life without it! It has a padded hip belt and shoulder straps, an internal panel to make moving baby from front to back super easy, and an invisible zipper pocket to stash the sleeping hood. If you’ve had a little sewing experience you can make yourself a top of the line carrier for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a commercially made one.
Want to know what others are saying about the SweetPod? Jessica, RaeLyn and Shannon (who is a beginning seamstress) were my pattern testers, and now Meg has one too! See Vanessa’s here, Jodi’s here, and Liz’s here.
Other Helpful Links:
(if you find a favorite source, please let me know and I’ll add it here)
- Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics, Inc: buckles, webbing, hip belt padding by the inch
(I haven’t purchased from this supplier yet, but someone let me know about it. The foam you would need for the hip belt is called FY20 under the hardware section and the fact that you can buy it by the inch is awesome!)
- Seattle Fabrics: buckles, webbing, hip belt foam
(This is where I’ve purchased my supplies. I feel like my baby is really safe with the “type V” buckles on my shoulder straps and really recommend them. They require a minimum order of 1/3 yd. of foam which is enough to make 4 hip belts. Their shipping is ridiculously slow and expensive. That said, I still recommend you use 2 heavy duty “type V” buckles to connect the main body to the shoulder straps.)
- Pink Chalk Fabrics: decorative fabrics
- Sew Mama Sew: decorative fabrics