I don’t trust my toddler to walk nicely and stay close when we go for a walk, so if I need to walk with all 4 kids Josiah goes in the stroller and Gabriel is in a carrier. With our cold winters here, that makes things tricky. Gabriel is big enough now that even the huge coat I wore at the end of my pregnancy isn’t large enough to go around both of us. And I don’t have a snowsuit for Gabriel.
So I decided to make a panel that attaches to a coat and covers Gabriel.
I made this using a sweater that was given to me but is too large so there was minimal sewing invovled.
To make this baby wearing coat panel, you need a coat, an old sweater, chalk, buttons, a sewing machine and sewing materials (thread, scissors, etc.)
Here is my coat and sweater. It just happened to work out that they’re the same length. Nice!
Mark the sweater to just a bit wider than the width you want it (to allow for hemming.) You might want to straight up the sides then sew an inch inside of the lines you drew before cutting closer to the lines so that your sweater doesn’t fray too much. I was rushed and skipped this. I just cut on the lines I made and hoped for the best. Cut the front and back of the sweater the same width, preserving the collar.
Once the body of the panel is cut out, cut the back of the panel so that it’s shorter than the front. The front will cover the baby and needs to be full length, the neck hole will go over your baby’s head, and the back will go in between you to cut out drafts.
I know that’s a bit confusing written out, but now your sweater should look like this.
Stop working to repeatedly remove a toddler from climbing your desk.
Deal with resulting tantrum.
Right! Back to work!
Now we’re ready to hem the raw edges. You can roll and pin first. Like I said, I was rushed. I just rolled as I sewed. It’s not neat and tidy my way, but people will be looking at my cute baby, not my sewing job.
Hopefully you won’t be as distracted as I was and forget to put the bobbin in before you start sewing. Yea.
Right! Back on track. Once your panel is hemmed, mark where you want your buttons and button holes. Sew on your buttons and make your button holes. My sewing machine does have a buttonhole foot but it wasn’t big enough. So I winged it. Messy button holes but remember; cute baby. It’s OK.
This is what I ended up with.Not perfect but not too shabby, either.
If you wanted to make your baby wearing panel even warmer, you could add a layer of fleece on the inside as well. If you decide to do this, it would be easier to add the fleece before the buttons.
I hope you find this helpful! If you make your own, please share about it! Happy baby wearing.
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