Tuesday, October 01, 2013

DIY Woven Wrap Swing {How to Make a Sensory Swing}

Winter is just around the corner for us and I am trying to prepare myself (and my sanity!) for what could be another long winter.  So we installed a swing in our basement quite a few weeks ago.  We have a few different swings that we can switch between, but we don't yet have a good sensory type swing.  So after supper one evening, I thought about whether or not a woven wrap could easily convert into a sensory cuddle swing.  Turns out, it works awesome and the boys are addicted to it!

Make your own sensory swing by converting a woven wrap from And Next Comes L

Babywearing has been a huge part of my life, especially since K was born.  One of my favorite baby carriers is the gorgeous Ellevill Zara Deli woven wrap that you can see in the pictures.  I converted it into a swing without having to make any modifications to the wrap itself.

However, before I show you how I set up this swing, I need to include a disclaimer.  You must use a WOVEN wrap for this swing.  Do not, I repeat DO NOT, substitute a sheet, blanket, or stretchy wrap for this swing.  They do not function the same way as a woven wrap.  Also, always be sure to test the swing yourself, ensuring the wrap is well knotted, before putting your child in it.  I sat on the swing once I set it up and it held me up.  There.  Glad that's off my chest!  Now on to the fun part...

Update on December 4, 2013: I have successfully tied a homemade stretchy wrap into a sensory swing.  It is strong enough to hold me and has been in use for over two months straight now for multiple hours.  It has not come undone.  So the tutorial is doable with a stretchy wrap using more knots, but please use your discretion.  Thanks.

Our swing is set up in a wide doorway by screwing two eye bolts (sorry, don't recall the size off the top of my head!) into the frame.  Then we used carabiner hooks that can each hold up to 300 and some odd pounds.  You can see the set up below.

How to tie your own woven wrap swing from And Next Comes L

I knotted my woven wrap around the carabiner hooks.  Make sure the knot is nice and tight.  Be sure to test the swing after it is hung.

How to tie your own woven wrap swing from And Next Comes L

Like I mentioned, the boys are loving this new swing.  They have tried sitting in it in various ways.  I have also tried tying the wrap in different ways to make different "seats" for them to sit on.  For instance, J enjoys using it like a hammock, but also enjoys sitting it in and spinning around.

J showing how he swings in the DIY woven wrap swing from And Next Comes L

K, on the other hand, likes to use it to fly like an airplane or sit in it like a jolly jumper.

K showing off how he swings in the DIY woven wrap swing from And Next Comes L

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16 comments:

  1. That is fantastic, I'm working on getting Justin to help me set up a swing in the basement Too! I love how you used the woven wrap. It is the most beautiful swing Ever!!!

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    1. Thanks! You should totally put in a swing. Ours gets used every single day. The boys LOVE it! However, the woven wrap swing is definitely K's favorite now.

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  2. I know a little boy that you love one of these in his room.

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  3. I think I need one of these for me. :)

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    1. Ha! I totally tried sitting in it, mostly to make sure it was secure. It was sooooo comfy, but I felt I was going to wreck my wrap if I sat too long in it.

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  4. I love this idea! Now to convince my husband to screw more holes into our renovated basement...

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    1. Hahaha! We screwed ours into the door frame as we have a wide doorway in our basement. It's much less noticeable than holes in the ceiling!

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  5. I want one for me! ;) What a great idea!

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    1. Well, I sat in ours...just saying...

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  6. What length of wrap did you use?? I have a size 6 Girasol would that work you think?

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    1. Oooh great question! I believe mine is a size 5. Size 6 will definitely work.

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  7. Hey I just wanted to let everyone know that making a hammock with a bed sheet is amazing and requires no eyelits. Just rope and a sheet and two trees or poles. Check on youtube. I used a full size sheet from walmart and had 3 people in ours without it falling. They are awesome!

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    1. Hmmm...very interesting! I am going to have to look for that!

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  8. hi, could i use a few layers of lycra for this swing?

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    1. You likely could. I would just sew the fabric around some rings to make sure it's extra durable since lycra has a tendency to slip when just knotted.

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