February 21, 2015

DIY Baby Carrier Drool Pads/Covers

Feels like I'm coming up with the strangest DIY projects. First a car seat belt buckle holder...next a drool pad! It's not what you would think it is, not for regular drooling like bibs and whatnot. These pads/covers are for your soft-structured baby carriers (i.e. Beco, Ergo, Boba, etc.).

If you own one of these and have worn your child in it, you know exactly what the function of these drool pads are.

You can buy these off of Etsy starting at around  $15, but as usual...why buy something when I can make it myself??

Time required: Approximately 30 min to 1 hour
Cost: $0 - $15

Supplies I used:
  • Fabric I already had at home (cotton, micro fleece, microfiber)
  • Sewing machine w/ coordinating thread
  • KAMsnaps (you could also use velcro)
Let's get started! 
  • Measure the amount of fabric you will need to wrap around your particular carrier straps and add on 1/4" all around for seam allowances. Cut your fabric!

    I decided to make my drool pads with three fabrics/layers:
    • Grey fabric I already had (which happened to coordinate reasonably well with my Beco carrier)
    • In the middle I figured that microfiber would do a great job at absorbing all the drool (and just happened to have an extra microfiber insert from my cloth diapers!)
    • Micro fleece to back the drool pad as this material wicks away moisture, so essentially if it got too drooly, the idea is that the fleece would pull the moisture away from the Beco strap and keep the moisture contained in the microfiber...in theory anyways.
  • If you have a middle layer like I do, lay it at the bottom, then the middle and top fabrics should be on top with right sides facing each other.

  • If you have a sewing machine, head over to it! Stitch all the pieces of fabric together leaving a 1/4" seam allowance on all sides, also leave a 3" opening on one of the sides so you have room to turn everything inside out after.
    • Cut off the corners on your fabric so it doesn't bunch up when you turn it inside out.

  • Turn your material inside out and push out the corners! The microfiber is now in the middle and there's a lovely 3" gap that you'll have to hand sew ;)

  • At this point I added in my snaps because I wanted to make them 'hidden', so I had to insert them inside the material and assemble that way. If you choose to add snaps or velcro, sew everything up and then add them (essentially skip this rambling step).
  • Using a blind stitch, hand sew the gap in your material. Snap on your snaps or sew on your velcro and you're done!

Back side of drool pad all snapped up!

Here's some thoughts for different variations if you decide to tackle this project.

  • Make your pads double-sided with fun prints!
  • Back the pads with an old terry washcloth 
  • Sew on a little ribbon loop to hold toys
  • If you don't want to deal with turning your fabric inside out and hand sewing the opening, sandwich your fabric together and just sew all the way around, unfinished edges can look 'funky' or 'vintage'!

Happy sewing/drooling!