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Yes, I do wrap conversions! I don’t do them super often, but I do them, and I enjoy the process.
My conversions are, in keeping with most of my products, pretty basic, with the focus on function and beautiful simplicity. They are not works of art, but they are quite attractive, well-sewn, and also don’t cost you an entire mortgage payment. If you are looking for a work of art, or you’re looking to spend quite a bit of money on your conversion, there are certainly other places you can go, and I’d definitely encourage you to look around. There are a LOT of people doing wrap conversions now, and many of them make them much fancier than I do.
I’ve been doing conversions since I opened up in 2004. I don’t remember when the first one was, but someone asked if I could make a wrap into a ring sling for them and I didn’t think it was any big deal. I’ve done a few a year, both ring slings and mei tais, since then. I’ve always just considered them another facet of the custom sewing I do. (I’ve also converted curtains, tablecloths, old clothes, and sheet sets into carriers and diapers… it’s all just fabric.) I never thought of “wrap conversions” as anything particularly special.
Then I closed up for the better part of a year during Teddy’s first year as we dealt with his complex little life, and when I reopened in 2013, suddenly Wrap Conversions were All The Rage and so I feel compelled to make a bigger deal out of them, as well.
I can convert your wrap to a ring sling (you can choose aluminum or nylon rings, and you can choose color if you prefer, or I’ll choose a color if you prefer). Depending on your size and how much of a tail you want on your sling, you can get away with a wrap that’s only 2 yards (72 inches) long, but if you’re bigger and/or want more of a tail, you might want at 2.5 or 3 yards (90-108 inches). I can keep your scraps, or send your scraps back to you. The cost is $20 per ring sling.
If you have a very long wrap, such as a 6-7 yard wrap, you can always have it made into a ring sling and a shorty wrap for no extra cost, or two ring slings for $20 per sling.
I can also convert your wrap to a Mei Tai. My wrap conversion mei tais typically have the same basic shape as my regular mei tais – rectangular body, straight waist straps. I can make a contoured body if you prefer. I can make narrow (1/4 the width of the wrap OR 5 inches ish) straps, with or without padding, or wide straps (1/2 the width of the wrap) that join the body in pleats or gathers. At your request, I can add a layer of bottomweight material inside the body of the carrier. I can add a hood and/or a pocket if there’s enough material. I can add a little zip pouch that snaps around the straps, a fabric loop to hold keys or toys, or make a fancy (hoodie or pixie) hood. If you have enough wrap material, the sky’s the limit. I make my conversion MTs reversible, just like all of my other MTs are reversible, though they will look the same inside and out.
It takes about 130 inches minimum to make a wrap conversion (about 3.75 yards) without any extras like a hood or a pocket. We can convert shorter wraps, but you give up length on the straps.
The cost for a Mei Tai conversion depends on what options you want to a certain extent. The average cost is $70-$80.
Onbu, Podegi, or Shortening
I can also convert your wrap to an Onbu or Podegi (average cost $70). Required length will depend on what you want, but will be similar to the Mei Tai requirements.
Or is your wrap just too long? Happy to shorten it. Cost is usually about $10. Is your wrap too short? I can have my fabric fairies weave you additional length for $1 million. (ok, I’m just kidding. You cannot make a wrap longer.)
Interested in having me convert a wrap for you? Just shoot me an email and we can discuss! sarah @ wallypop . net
Please note, I do not provide wraps for conversions.
I have been super busy lately getting all sorts of goodies restocked. (I will admit, sometimes I am jealous of resale shops that only have to order more inventory when they run low!)
And on sale!
I’m hoping to get several more items restocked before I need to cut back in preparation for this new baby. (Yes, technically, I could just keep working, but I prefer to take several weeks to just enjoy my current kids and tank them up a little on mama time before the new arrival.)
I want to know what YOU most want to see restocked. Do you want large fleece covers? More wool? Onbu carriers? More colors of napkins? (If you’re requesting something that already has plenty of inventory, like pocket diapers for example, please take an extra second to note specifically what you’re wanting.)
I’m also planning to put at least one product on sale each week between now and whenever I close things up.
What do YOU want to see on sale? Gift-y things like Little Leg Warmers and Snackin’ Bags? Items over in my Etsy store? Essentials for your little one like fitteds and covers?
Let me know what YOU want!!
Just some additional details on the local family we’re hoping to help through sales of our Breast Cancer wipes.
Brittany lives in a small town outside of Des Moines. She is 25, and on a routine eye exam they discovered some swelling and sent her to a neurologist who almost blew her off but did tests to ‘satisfy’ everyone & found a mass in her brain. Though it has been removed, there is no cure to stop it from returning so she’s on chemo every month, possibly for the rest of her life. She and her 18 month old daughter live in her parents’ basement since she cannot physically work full time. She does work part-time at a local convenience store. Her meds are $1000/month after the grants/insurance pay what they can. In December, her mother’s insurance is dropping her so her bills will go up further in January.
All profits from the sale of these Special Edition wipes goes to benefit this family.
It’s been a LOOOOONG time since I restocked All In Ones. Once I start pushing something back, it’s easy to just keep pushing it back, but I guess I never intended for it to be 6 months, lol.
At any rate – they’re back! This is not a huge restocking, particularly with the larges, and I hope to do another batch yet this fall to get inventory levels up a tad, but there are some available instock now so all you Wallypop AIO lovers don’t have to keep ordering them made to order!
A stack of completed Sandwich Wrappers, ready to be shipped to your home!
Just in time for Back to School (or, if you live in some districts, about a week too late, you crazy early school starters!), I’ve restocked the Snackin’ Bags and Sandwich Wrappers. AND they’re on sale through Aug 31. What more could you ask for?
There’s a LOT of Snackin’ Bag inventory, and these three prints of Sandwich Wrappers (seashells, camo, and Pop Culture). We’ve recently been hearing from people who buy these as presents for new mommies, too, as a convenient way for them to schlep their own snacks around. However you use them – at school, at work, in the diaper bag, or even just around the house – they’re super convenient and way more fun than just a plastic zip-close snack bag!
Alright, I have these legwarmers – I just got them made on Thursday. Finish Leg Warmers has kind of been on my to do list for several weeks. I forgot that I had some seasonal ones in there needing to be finished up.
And now it’s far too late to list the Halloween ones on Etsy. So here’s what I’m going to do for YOU, my lovely blog readers. Leg Warmers are usually $7 each. I’m going to offer these for $5 each, with free shipping if you live outside the Des Moines area. (DM residents, sorry, you have to schlep over here for them, or I can bring them to the NP Fiber Artists meeting on Monday.)
Post here or email if you find a pair you want. If the Christmas ones don’t sell here, I DO have time to list them, and I will do so in a week or two. Thanks!!
This wrap is beautiful. It’s a mocha colored organic bamboo and cotton blend jersey. That means it’s gently stretchy. The Mocha color is just beautiful – really, more beautiful than this picture can show. It’s also a little on the slippery side – not so much as to make it hard to wear, but more like a blouse than a Tshirt in terms of texture.
I have two of them, and will sell them for $55 each. But, if you want to save me the time and trouble of listing them online, and want to buy them BEFORE they’re listed, you can get one for the awesome price of just $40. That’s a $15 savings. Just shoot me an email.
(note: this offer is, obviously, only good until I get them listed at http://babywearing.wallypop.net)