I made my first Mei Tai. I have to say that I love it. There is such a difference between baby wearing and baby carrying. My Mei Tai distributes my son’s weight evenly, making him feel lighter now than as a newborn in a baby carrier. And who wouldn’t love the Treasure Island print from Kokka? I found that this print was a little bit thicker weight than regular cotton. I used it for the decorative side of the the Mei Tai. Because, you know, my boy is a pirate. And his carrier needed a certain ‘Yarr’ factor.
I used continuous strips of cotton duck for the straps, and for the body I used an old pair of pants made from strong cotton/canvas. I lined the top of the carrier, on the inside, with some left over flannel. It’s nice and soft on his head that way. I bought upholstery thread and lined the shoulder portion of the straps with 3 layers of cotton quilting batting. I reinforced the straps to the body, probably way more than I needed to.
It’s a breeze to put on and take off, and baby boy loves it!