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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.

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Ring Sling

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.

World Famously Comfortable Wallypop Shoulder
the world famously comfortable wallypop shoulder


Gathered shoulder

RingSlingShoulders
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.

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Mei Tai

wrap conversions Pretty WCMT

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.

Contoured body, padded legsRing Waist

WCMT Cracken Waves1

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.

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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.

 Wrap Conversion 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.)

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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. 🙂

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All About… repairing bumGenius pocket diapers

bumGenius diapers are easily the diaper brand I repair the most. Mostly pocket diapers and all in one diapers, sometimes fitteds. Typically, the original hook and loop tape has worn out and users either want it replaced with better quality hook and loop, or with snaps. In addition, about half the diapers I repair also require new elastic.

bumGenius that needs repair

Because I happen to be working on three rather large repair orders of bumGenius pockets this week, I thought I’d do a quick post about the ins and outs of repairing these diapers.

First, I have recently decided to stop accepting certain types of pocket diapers for certain types of repairs. I cannot (and am unmotivated to) keep up with what the different versions of bumGenius diapers are. One version features three different seams across the front seam:

bumGenius diaper waiting to be repaired

Contrast that with another version, with just one seam across the front:

repaired bumGenius diaper

I will no longer be replacing the landing strip of the three-seam type. I will be happy to convert that version to snaps, but replacing the landing strip with new loop is all kinds of trouble. In order to pay myself fairly for my time and effort, I’d have to charge you nearly what the diaper cost new.

Fit of repaired diapers.
Your repaired diapers probably won’t fit exactly the same as new, but that probably also isn’t as important as it might seem. First off, your kid is not the same size and shape as they were when the diapers were new. But in reality, I have no way to determine exactly how the diapers fit when new. I use different elastic, with a different stretch. If converting to snaps, that is of course going to fit a bit different.

Wear of old diapers.
In my experience with bumGenius diapers, they usually have hidden damage that is not immediately noticeable. This particularly is noticeable after the old tabs have been removed. The stretchy fabric that holds the tabs actually develops small tears where the thread holds the hook and loop tape in place. These tears are hidden under the tab, and largely held stable by the threads and the tape. Once the threads and tape are removed, they become much more noticeable.

you can see this fairly typical wear pattern

There’s not a whole lot I can do about these small tears. In my experience, based on what I hear back from customers, they don’t tend to grow very fast, if at all. I would advice that users take care when opening the snaps to be sure not to tear them any further.

One-size fitting
Surprisingly, this is a question I get fairly frequently. “How will this affect the one-size aspect of the diapers?” It won’t – the “one size” designation comes from the snap-down rise, which is unaffected by the repair or conversion.

Recommended snap placement
If you choose to mark placement of your snaps yourself, you may decide on any snap placement that suits your fancy. I generally recommend two rows about an inch and a half apart, with the snaps in each row spaced either 1 inch or 1.5 inches apart. You’ll need to mark two snaps on the tabs to correspond with the two rows of snaps on the front.

If you choose to have me decide where to put the snaps, I will put in two rows of snaps, 1.5 inches apart, with the snaps in each row 1 inch apart. I will put two snaps on each tab.

Sloppy snap placement
If you choose to mark snaps, I will place snaps where you place marks. Sloppy marks mean sloppy snaps. I strongly recommend using a ruler to keep your lines straight and even and the marks evenly spaced. If you wish to remove the old hook and loop tape yourself to save money, but prefer me to mark the snaps for you to make sure they’re straight, I’m happy to do that.

Function
A diaper repair should not affect the diaper’s function or waterproofness. The only exception is the fact that those holes are NOT going away. The needle holes from where the original hook and loop were sewn on will ALWAYS be there. It stands to reason that this might make them prone to wicking or seepage, but although I think that this is likely, I’ve not heard from a single customer who has experienced this. As I often say, that doesn’t mean nobody has – just nobody’s told me about it.

And some pictures for you.

here’s an “after” on a diaper that had the tabs, landing strip, and elastic replaced.

repaired bumGenius diaper

Here’s an “after” on a diaper that was converted to snaps. In this case, the diaper’s owner had me remove the old hook and loop and mark the placement of the snaps myself. You can see how much the diaper has faded with use – the strips where the old hook and loop were are much darker.

bumGenius diaper converted to snaps