DIY Sling Rings

Aluminium SlingRings brand sling rings.




  • Inner diameter: 2"
  • Outer diameter: 2.5"

Our small rings are best used with light weight and/or very smooth fabrics. They are well-suited to closed tail slings. If you plan to make your sling very narrow (22"-26"), you might also want the small rings. The small rings tend to be very secure, though not as easy to adjust as the larger rings.


  • Inner diameter: 2.5"
  • Outer diameter: 3"

If you are using a medium weight fabric, in widths of 26 "-30", you might be more comfortable with the medium size rings. This is also true if you are planning on making an open tail sling, or are using a pattern that yields a narrower shoulder. In general, the medium size rings will give you a sling that is secure, but may not be as easy to adjust as the large rings if your fabric is on the thicker side.


  • Inner diameter: 3"
  • Outer diameter: 3.5"

If you are making a double layer sling, turning a baby wearing wrap into a sling, using a heavy weight (winter weight) or heavy nap fabric, or a very wide fabric (30"-45"), or have just had difficulty adjusting your sling in the past, you may want our large size rings.

 Tips for making a ring sling:

You can make ring slings from fabric that is 2.3m long, and 75cm wide (half of 150cm wide fabric - allowing you to make two ring slings from the 2.3m length). Wraps with a cross twill weave or jacquard weave (such as those sold on this website) are the ideal material to use for a ring sling conversion. However, for a cheaper option, choose a heavy weight fabric that has no horizontal or vertical stretch, but good diagonal stretch. The material should also drape nicely over your arm - fabric that drapes well will generally be able to better mould to your, and your baby's, shape. My material of preference is duck - this is a thick cotton with a reasonably loose weave. I don't recommend drill - it can be very uncomfortable - even though the fabric drapes well and has good diagonal stretch. Quilter's cotton and broadcloth are too thin to use for a single layer ring sling, and don't have the comfort of a looser weave fabric.

Double hem the sides (ie fold over 1cm, fold over again, and sew). Cut a diagonal on one end by folding one side over about 20cm and cutting this angle off. To hem this end nicely I find it best to do a 2cm double hem, iron it, and then sew. The fabric in a narrow hem on a bias may tend to weave slightly otherwise.

Decide on what shoulder type you want, ie plain, pleated, box pleated etc, and pin and sew in place as needed. For a plain gathered shoulder zig zag the raw edge, turn it under and straight stitch the hem. Draw a chalk line 20cm in from the hem. Thread the rings through the fabric and stitch in place, lining the hem up with the chalk line, using at least three rows of straight stitching to secure in place. For pleats, turning the fabric under makes it too bulky, and you will need to do a wide, tight zig zag stitch on the raw edge instead to prevent it from fraying. Jan Andrea on the web has lots of ideas for different types of pleats. Pass the fabric through both rings, and sew together (again, use at least three rows of stitching) about 7cm from the rings.

Thread the tail through both rings and then out of one ring, take your baby, and enjoy :-)

Make sure you wear your baby safely - upright, nice and tight against you, with their feet tucked in or the bottom rail pulled tight under their bottom, close enough to kiss, not hunched over, and in good clear view. I highly recommend going along to a baby wearing group, if there is one in your area, to learn how to safely and comfortably use your sling. You Tube clips are also a great resource to learn how to safely carry your baby.