Next I decided to make a baby sling for messing around the house. I have a nice carrier that I'll use for events that involve a lot of walking (one that sits on both shoulders!), but these informal slings are great for toting your baby around easily without wrapping yourself up like a mummy and spending 15 minutes just getting everything strapped together! I mostly followed the instructions found at this online tutorial posted by Karma Baby, although I found this diagram to be useful too.
The one change I made to the pattern at Karma Baby is that I sewed down the french seam as you see in this picture (creating a hem like you would find down the leg of your jeans). This is because this adds even more strength to the seam (and this seam will be holding my very precious child--so I want it strong enough to hold a 15 of them!) After I finished the sling and tested it out with my daughter's baby doll, I decided to add a pocket. Not sure what I'm going to put in there yet, but all mom's know that you can't have enough pockets and storage places when running around with small children.
I'm not sure how much these cost in stores, but this one was virtually free to me because I used an old bedsheet (but not one that is threadbare! Make sure it's strong fabric!). It looks pretty long on my mannequin, but I'm sort of tall and my mannequin is really petite. You want it to fit sort of on top of your hip, or wherever is comfortable for you.