Make your own! Getting started.

These instructions are for personal use only. Always use common sense when carrying your baby.

There are two ways to craft a pod (podaegi) with wide, wrap-style straps. Part 1 covers the easiest method, and is simple enough for beginner sewers. Part 2 is a little more in-depth, but makes for a cleaner finished product.

Either way you choose, the first few steps are the same. Let's get started! You'll need:

- One woven wrap, roughly 3m long (120")
- One piece of pre-washed heavy canvas, 6" x 20"
- Matching thread
- Light cotton batting (optional)

Cut your blanket and straps. I recommend a blanket at least 30" long - you'll lose 5-6 inches after hemming and forming the headrest. You can make it as wide or narrow as you want, I usually cut them around 18" wide. In this picture, I was using a wrap that is 30" wide, so I only had to cut it to the right width. For most wraps, you'll need to cut the blanket sideways and then trim the sides to the correct width. For straps, use the entire width of the wrap and long enough to extend to the center of the pod. For example, if you want 80" finished straps and an 18" wide blanket, cut your straps 89" long.

Hem the long cut edge of each strap. Mark the center of each strap and use that as a guide to accordion-fold each side, meeting in the middle.
Sew on the end, and again at 5" from the end. Baste another line of stitching at 10" from the end (see my finger?).

Fom here, you get to choose. Quick and dirty? Or a little longer, but much cleaner in the end?

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