I was interested in trying a new type of baby carrier, so after searching I found the Mei Tai. I couldn't wait to give it a try. I changed it up added what I wanted and off I went. If your interested here is a tutorial for you.
This is just a guide line, what worked for me. If you make please make sure your baby is safe at all times! Use at your own risk
If you don't sew and would like one please contact me.
If you have any questions please ask and I will try to help you along. I would love to see yours.
Edit: a comment was left to use only bottom weight fabric for middle, which was done here, just not specified. You may also like to do the triple stitch box if you feel more comfortable.
Mei Tie directions
2 of each fabric 10x60 top
2 of each fabric 10x40 bottom
2 batting 7x20
1 heavy fabric 23x19
2 of “fancy” fabric 23x19
2 of “fancy” fabric 12x16
Straps loops: 1 1.5x8
Support straps: 2 2x18
Sew wrong sides together of straps, turn right side, insert batting pin 6 inch from top. Sew rectangle around batting to secure. Top stitch straps. I pinned 7inches and wish I had done 6 inches.
Repeat for next strap.
Sew wrong sides together turn right side out, top stitch
Pleat top of each strap
Pin each top strap .5 inch from edge
Pin each bottom strap at an angel over each corner
Sew a box with an x on each strap
Support straps: fold both edges to center then fold in half, sew down middle. Tie a knot at one end
1 fabric face up place support straps 1 inch from end of head support fabric, place next fabric face down (so right sides are together).
(I forgot this to place strap before sewing and just added them at the end, I would have liked this look better)
Sew together leaving a opening for turning.
Turn and top stitch.
Putting body together:
I wanted the different sides to be showing (straps one fabric body another) so I placed the opposite fabric from the straps down firsts. If you want to have straps match the body then first lay down the fabric that matches the straps
Lay piece with straps down, next lay decorative fabric face up, head support next (this will be longer than the space between straps, it’s ok), last lay last decorative fabric face down. Pin
Sew in 4 sections starting at ¾ inch from each strap until ¾ in of next strap.
Turn using a the section not stitched at the straps
(You will have to work at each corner and tuck you middle fabric in so it is not showing)
Fold each long end to the center then fold in half, stitch, cut in half
I added mine right where the padding started in the center
I first stitched away from body then folded over so loop is going toward the body and stitched one last time