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The Colorado Front Range

I'm a homeschooling mom of 6 kids and an artist. I dabble in just about everything--drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, fabric design, knitting, jewelry making, and pattern design.

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SweetPod baby carrier pattern

from Seedpod Craft Studio patterns
(9) Name: 'Sewing : SweetPod baby carrier pattern
SweetPod baby carrier pattern
SweetPod baby carrier pattern
SweetPod baby carrier pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • following a pattern
  • inserting a zipper
  • sew through many layers of thick fabric

Pattern Description:

The SweetPod is a soft structured baby carrier to help you lug around a baby from 15-30 lbs (give or take 5 lbs or so) on your front or back. I designed the SweetPod because I have a lot of kids and need to keep my youngest little chunk close and cuddled while I cook dinner, tromp through the creek, and go grocery shopping. I figured I could save money by making my own and also thought there must be other crafty, frugal moms out there that would like to do the same.

The instruction booklet is very detailed and thoroughly illustrated to guide you through things like sewing box tacks on webbing and inserting an invisible zipper. You'll be amazed at how professional your carrier turns out!

I absolutely love my carrier and couldn't imagine life without it! It has a padded hip belt and shoulder straps, an internal panel to make moving baby from front to back super easy, and an invisible zipper pocket to stash the sleeping hood. If you've had a little sewing experience you can make yourself a top of the line carrier for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a commercially made one.

(Please be aware that many of the buckles and the hip belt foam may not be available at your craft store and will most likely need to be ordered online. The pattern booklet includes suggestions and links for finding supplies.)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • can carry babies from 15-30 lbs. (give or take a few)


  • 1/3 yd. home decorator print fabric (for main body decorative panel) (You'll need 5/8 yd if your fabric has a directional print.)
  • 1 yd. 60" wide heavy weight solid fabric in a coordinating color (7-10 oz. denim, canvas, or twill)
  • 1 yd. 42-45" wide quilter's weight solid fabric in a coordinating color (for lining and sleeping hood)
  • 18" x 20" piece of cotton batting (Warm & Natural)
  • 4 yds. 1" wide nylon webbing
  • 1 yd. 2" wide nylon webbing
  • 6" x 24" piece of 1/2" thick high density closed cell foam for hip belt (this foam should feel stiff)
  • 12" x 24"piece of 1/2" thick high density open cell foam for shoulder pads (this foam should be squishy)
  • 2 heavy duty 1" side release buckles
  • 1 streamline 1" side release buckle
  • 1 2" side release dual adjust buckle
  • 2 sternum strap adjusters with 1" slides and 1" loops
  • 2 heavy duty ladder lock buckles
  • 16" 1/4" elastic
  • 7-9" invisible zipper
  • 10 snaps (size 16 or 20 will work)
  • high quality polyester thread (I like Gutterman polyester thread.)

You Will Also Need:

  • sewing machine that can sew through several layers of thick fabric
  • zipper foot
  • 90/14 Jean or Universal sewing machine needle
  • big tongs for pulling padding into shoulder straps
  • hammer and snap setting tool
  • lighter or candle for melting webbing ends to prevent fraying

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