this one, which the mama I gave it to uses daily with her now 6-month old, but the one I kept). It is super comfortable, and really lightens the load of my toddler, just like she promises in the tutorial. I took off the hood, though, because it didn't close nicely. I also modified the first hood (the one that gets tons of use) to add elastic to the sides and make it bigger. I also added a cell phone pocket and a little snapping pocket on the end of one of the straps that would fit a credit card or similar.
fabrics at Ikea. They immediately made me think of Mei Tais. Having everyone I know (well, almost) tell me they are 14 weeks pregnant within the same two weeks also got me sewing Mei Tais.
JoAnn's fleece scraps (which I buy from their remnant bin). The interior hidden canvas is the bottom of a friend's curtains.
my iron extensively when sewing. I read on someone's blog (sorry, I don't remember whose!) that the difference between hand made and hand crafted is often if the pieces are pressed throughout the construction process. I am seeing my work look a LOT cleaner since then. Plus, my iron makes a really cool blast of steam when I push the button and my son loves watching and helping with ironing.
Ergo hood. It is as wide as the opening between the straps at the bottom (10") and widens to 18" at the top. It is 18" tall and tapered from the bottom to the top. I kept the straps as she suggests, two at 2" by 14" to attach to the wider side and two at 2" by 3" to attach on the shoulder straps starting at 7" up from the main body.
To make the hood, I cut two of these pieces, then stitched them right sides together with the shorter side left open for turning. I made sure to sandwich the two longer straps into the wider edge. I then chose which side would face out and stitched the elastic onto that inside seam allowance (exterior side facing up) using a zig-zag stitch and pulling the elastic tight wile sewing. I used Lastin. You could stitch it either side up but choosing the exterior side will help determine which way the hood will roll once completed.
I then turned it and pushed out the corners. I topstitched along the wider edge only. You could do all three sides, but I didn't want to make the elastic any less stretchy, which seems to happen when topstitching after attaching it like this. If you really want to topstitch three sides, then you could attach the elastic using a casing method instead.
I attached the hood as per her tutorial.