La Leche League It’s a Wrap!

on May 22, 2010 in Inspiration, Sewing | 21 comments

I had the best time today attending and helping out at an event called It’s A Wrap. Organized by Melissa Bonghi of La Leche League of Bainbridge Island, it was an afternoon filled with breastfeeding, nutrition, and baby wearing education for pregnant moms. The new mamas also had the opportunity to sew their own baby sling.

I met Melissa last Fall at the Indie Banditas Bazaar. After hearing about what she had planned I was excited to sign up Pink Chalk Fabrics as a sponsor.  I’ve spent years on the other end as a volunteer asking businesses for donations. I totally appreciate what goes into the planning and execution of an event like this not to mention the amount of pure willpower and person hours put in by committed volunteers. Thank you for making our community a beautiful place to live!

I LOVED the nutrition station. A hands on demonstration and tasting were provided by two enormously talented nutrition grad students. There were lots of healthy snacks on the tables along with handouts with recipes and healthy snack ideas. I came straight home and ordered Rotisserie Chicken to the Rescue.

Melissa wanted labels that the moms could sign and sew to the baby sling. I used the artwork from the graphic artist and Printed Treasures fabric sheets with an inkjet printer.

I always get asked what inkjet printer I use so I’ll mention it now. I waited until yesterday to print the labels on my trusty Epson C88 only to discover the print heads were dead as disco. I really should have known better (I let it sit for a good 6 months without use). An evening run to Staples resulted in the purchase of a Lexmark Prospect Pro205. I think the quality of the fabric printing is fantastic. The colors were EXACTLY like the document. It’s also wireless, scans, copies, and faxes too and will be put to good use at the office. Whew, dodged that bullet.

The Kitsap County Clothing and Textiles Advisors group provided the sewing machines and volunteers for guiding the making of the slings. The sling required 2 1/4 yards of fabric along with two circular rings. The fabric was pre-cut and the ends serged. After choosing their fabric, the mamas finished the slings by doing all the sewing themselves which was SO COOL to watch.

Links to making your own baby sling:

– the event used the Maya Wrap baby sling instructions

– the 3″ aluminum rings were purchased from Sling Rings

– Sling Rings has a great page full of links to other baby sling patterns

– Safe baby wearing is important and was taught at the event, Sling Rings also provides great links on that topic too

– all the pictures from It’s a Wrap on Flickr

– resources for some of the snacks served included The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen and CD Kitchen

A great day all the way around. So much joy and happiness. There were also good friends, caring husbands, and loving grandmas learning and supporting. And of course the sun shined extra bright making for a great turnout. A perfect Saturday afternoon.

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