Do you covet a gorgeous and practical Ring Sling? With the smallest of sewing skills and experience you (or someone helpful) can whip up a stunning new ring sling for a fraction of the cost of a ready made sling.
This size ring is suitable for most fabric types, you can even repurpose a vintage sheet or table cloth, or choose a matching fabric for a special event like a christening or wedding.
There are dozens of Ring Sling patterns available on google and Youtube, so pick your style and skill level and get baby wearing! (Basic Instructions at the bottom of this page)
Our goal is to bring you the highest quality rings possible. To ensure quality the manufacturer submits our rings to rigorous testing. During our design phase we perform the following tests:
Soaking in bleach and then a full washer/dryer cycle
Freezing followed by additional impact testing
Heating followed by additional pull testing
As part of the manufacturing stage the manufacturer performs the following tests:
Pull test each individual ring to 250 pounds
1 ring per batch pulled to destruction
Periodic rings are sent for testing in an independent laboratory to verify crush and deformation testing
Rings are also sent to testing agencies here and in other countries to verify heavy metal and toxin free
Our rings and manufacturing process are RoHS compliant and lead and nickel free.
1. Select 1.8 to 2.3 metres of light weight fabric that has no stretch, 80-110 centimetres wide. Fabric that has no wrong side generally makes for a prettier sling but isn’t essential
2. Double hem or zig zag along the long sides. If each long side is the selvedge you may wish to omit this step.
3. Iron a 2cm hem along the top short edge. Gather the top short edge and slip it through the rings
4. Working carefully along the ironed hem sew slowly as you ease the fabric around the rings. This is the most important seam and you may wish to reinforce it several times.
5. Hem the bottom short edge
The experts at www.slingbabies.co.nz recommend the following
Open tail slings: Make sure the fabric is threaded through straight, no twisting. The sling should rest on one shoulder, leaving your 'dominant' hand free. The rings need to be 'too high' to begin with, then as you pull the tail to adjust and tighten the sling, the rings will come down to about 'corsage' level. The fabric should be away from your neck, close to the edge of your shoulder or even slightly capping it if the shoulder design allows. Baby should be worn snug and high, their position mimicking how you would carry them without a carrier. Knees up, bottom down. Each rail (edge) can be tightened individually, the bottom one to lift baby up, and the top rail to bring baby closer to you.
Please check the hems on your ring sling prior to each use. There are many informative videos on YouTube with ways to secure and wear your ring sling and great pictorial instructions on the slingbabies website.