Making Your Own Baby Carrier

As promised, here are the details for making your own “Hug-a-Bub”:


  • 5m Jersey cotton (this is the same material as your t-shirt) – for the taller, more huggable people, you may need 6m.
  • 1m ribbon or binding


Jersey cotton is usually sold in widths of 150cm so you’re going to have quite a bit of excess – or you can make three.  The spares will come in handy if you need to wash one.

Cut your fabric according to these dimensions: 12cm wide at the ends, 43cm wide at the center (see diagram below).  Hem the edges.


Cut a square pocket 30cm x 30cm.  Stitch the ribbon or binding around three edges and sew the pocket onto the center of the carrier (see diagram below).  The purpose of the pocket is to reinforce the fabric where baby’s bottom sits.  It also helps you identify the center point of the fabric more easily.


Instructions on how to wear the sling can be found at the Hug-a-bub website



  1. Hi Zoe,

    Yes, the pocket is made from the same stretchy fabric. I’m not sure if a stiff fabric would work or even how it would affect the design. It might also make the pocket less functional since it might make it difficult to fit things in even if you could still wear the carrier.

  2. Zoe says:

    Hi there. Hoping ill be able to get a reply before I need to make this. The pocket that you’ve added, have you used the same ‘stretchy’ material or a stiffer cotton? I’ve found a pattern that I’d like on the front just to jazz it up a pit for the pocket, but it has no give in it. Would this be an issue over bub’s bum? If anybody could let me know it’d be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Zoë

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  4. I’m very sorry but I don’t make these. My Mum made them for me. I don’t even have a sewing machine and have never been able to find Jersey cotton in this part of the world.

    You can get them from Lovelyduds makes some beautiful organic wraps:

    I’m sure there are others on Etsy that make them too.

  5. veronica says:

    i was wondering if maybe you can make me one?i have NO TIME…and i am not as gifted with the sewing machine.I will pay you.PLEASE HELP i have a 3yr old and a 2 month old that LOVES to be held,and i am a busy mom.I would appreciate it if you e mail me with an answer?thank you!!!!

  6. figur8 says:

    Yes it is! It’s by far the most comfortable one I’ve used. I’m afraid I have also looked all over for Jersey cotton in KL and not found any. The material I bought was from Spotlight in Melbourne, Australia. I got it when I was there for holidays. I paid AUD$8/meter.

    You can also use regular cotton. There’s another carrier called the Ellaroo Wrap( which looks like it is made from regular non-stretch cotton. There are several ways to tie the Ellaroo and one method looks the same as the Hug-a-bub. I’m not sure how comfortable it is but I reckon it should still be okay.

    The Ellaroo Wrap dimensions for the medium size carrier is about 60cm x 5m. It is rectangular shaped so you don’t have to factor in the curve which can be a little more complicated to cut. They don’t have a pocket either – which I think is not so critical because the fabric doesn’t stretch. The pocket on the Hug-a-bub is for added support to baby’s bottom.

  7. Debra says:

    The home made carrier above looks very comfortable for baby! Can you advise where can I find jersey cotton, I’ve gone to a Kamdar outlet but the only jersey material they have is polyester. How much did you pay for the cloth??



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