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X-Box Practice

We take reinforcement seriously. All Sew Toot patterns require reinforcement stitching, whether that is bar-tacking, overlocking/overcasting, or creating x-boxes to secure straps and webbing. The x-box is one we use very often. It’s also known by quite a few names–  box tack, box stitch, box x stitch [am I forgetting any?].  Anyway, this is a critical[…]

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Testing Your Carrier For Safety

  Testing Your Handmade Carrier for Safety You did it! You sewed a baby carrier. Now it’s time to test it and ensure that it is safe for use. I get asked for the “weight rating” of handmade carriers often. That is such a subjective topic because when we’re sewing handmade carriers, we use different fabrics, threads, machines,[…]

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Baby Carrier Padding and Foam FAQ

Let’s talk carrier padding. This might not be the most exciting topic, but foam really can make the difference between a comfortable, professional carrier and one that you’ll chop up for parts later. Each Sew Toot carrier pattern calls for a certain type and thickness of padding for optimal comfort and in certain cases, function.[…]

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The Extender – Padded Waist Webbing Cover

The Extender padded waist webbing cover   I’ve seen a lot of people asking recently for a tutorial on how they can cover the waist webbing strap on their baby carriers to make them more comfortable. Waistband webbing can dig into skin and cause the dreaded ‘muffin top.’ As I was about to start working on this tutorial[…]

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Sewing Practice Sheet Printables

Need help with your topstitching or wishing that your x-boxes looked a bit more professional? Use these free printable sewing practice sheets to help! You can skip the thread and use your old, dull needles for practice. Print them out on Letter or A4 sized paper and get to work! Download the SEWING PRACTICE SHEETS