Wrap Conversions – Updated 9/30
Yes, I do wrap conversions! I do them more and more often these days, and I enjoy the process of turning a beautiful wrap into an even more beautiful ring sling or mei tai. You may have heard about new regulatory changes affecting Wrap Conversion Mei Tais – this blog post will tell you what I can do, what I can’t do, and will also show you pretty pictures. 🙂
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.
For the time being, 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, or you can provide your own rings 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.
I offer two types of shoulders on my ring slings. The most popular is the World Famously Comfortable Wallypop shoulder, which is a double inverse pleat, and is pictured below. The other option is a gathered shoulder.
A friend/customer/awesome local Babywearer shared this picture with our local BWI group on Facebook and I asked her permission to share it here. This shows, from left to right, the Wallypop shoulder, SBP’s Pleated, Eetsi shoulder, and gathered shoulder. I offer the Wallypop shoulder and the gathered shoulder.
If you have a very long wrap, such as a size 6, you can have it made into two ring slings ($20 each). A size 7 or 8 wrap can be made into a ring sling and a shorty, no extra charge.
I can also convert your wrap to a Mei Tai. With a MT conversion, you have some choices to make, and I’m happy to help you make them.
BODY:Regular size or extra large size (commonly called “toddler” size, but our regular size MTs are plenty large enough for toddlers). Padded leg openings, or plain. Our WCMTs include two layers of canvas or twill hidden between the body layers. We can no longer offer contoured body panels or seat darts.
STRAPS: “Wrap” straps are 1/2 the width of the wrap and attach to the body with pleats. We can offer wrap style straps on conversions made from new Griasol twill weave wraps ONLY. (Which you can buy from us, or you can provide your own, with tags still on.) “Narrow” straps aren’t really actually narrow, but approx 5 inches wide. They can be padded or unpadded.
WAIST: Padded waist belt or apron style waist. We can no longer offer ring waists, and offer only regular waist straps that tie. We do not offer buckle straps of any sort.
EXTRAS: A hood (flat, flat/adjustable, hoodie, or pixie). Pocket. Zip pouch that snaps around the straps. Fabric loop to hold keys or toys. Reversible with the reverse side showing the reverse side of your wrap.
It takes about 140 inches minimum to make a very basic wrap conversion without any extras. 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. The average cost is $70-$100.
Due to regulatory changes, I can no longer make wrap conversion MTs from used wraps with wrap-style straps.
I am still able to:
– Convert customer-owned wraps into mei tais with regular (“narrow”) straps made from canvas. (I will only use approx. 40-80 inches of your wrap.)
– Convert customer-owned wraps into Onbuhimos with canvas straps. (possibly with a slight delay; the required safety testing is still pending for my Onbus) (Again, I will only use 40-80 inches of your wrap.)
– Convert new (with tags) Girasol regular weight twill weave wraps (that you supply or that you buy from me) into mei tais with wrap straps (again, possibly with a slight delay as I await finalization of testing). (Takes at least a size 5 wrap.)
Literally the only way I can make you a mei tai with wrap-style straps is if I make it from a new with tags Girasol twill weave wrap.
Onbu or Shortening
I can also convert your wrap to an Onbu (average cost $70). We do not offer wrap straps on our Onbus any more. Required length will depend on what you want, but will be similar to the Mei Tai requirements. Because there are no waist straps and the shoulder straps are shorter, we can use shorter wraps for an Onbu.
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? You can either shoot me an email and we can discuss (sarah @ wallypop . net), or you can sign up for a spot on our waiting list. You can also check out a list of options and prices here.
Please note, I do not provide wraps for conversions at this time. Some time this year, the law will change and I’ll no longer be able to offer wrap conversions using customer-provided wraps. Between now and then, I’ll be transitioning to making custom as well as in stock wrap conversions using wraps I provide. 🙂