My friend Emily was the leader of the babywearing group in Culpeper when it was active. She taught me a whole a lot about babywearing when we first moved to Virginia, and I had a tiny Sierra and had no idea what I was doing.
Sadly, life got in the way, Emily started working full time again, and she could no longer make the time commitment to run the babywearing group. It was 3 years ago, Emily reminded me when she came to pick up this carrier, that I first made a mei tai for her.
Early this spring, another friend, Erin, stopped me to tell me that a woman had stopped her in Target to ask about her mei tai. When Erin replied that a friend had made it, this woman asked, “Was it Em?” and expressed that she had mei tai that I made, and would like another one, but didn’t want to bother me about it. It really could have been only one of two people who would have been in Target in Culpeper that Erin didn’t already know.
I emailed Emily and asked if it had been her who talked to my friend, and it was. She did want a mei tai, with bright straps. We decided on this turquoise canvas and Emily chose this Michael Miller Forest Life print to go along with it. I just LOVE those owls (big surprise, right?).
As much as I adore the owls, I think I might like the reverse of this carrier even better. The turquoise in the middle of the flowers is almost a perfect match for the strap color. This print is from Botanical Pop by Windham Fabrics and I found it in the sale section at a local quilt shop. It was a great find, especially since the selection in the sale area at that shop can be questionable at times.
I stuck with white for the top stitching because I didn’t want to take anything away from either of the prints by using turquoise thread. Good thing, too, as I ran out of turquoise thread and had to use a slightly different color for the last two lines of support stitching through the waist band. But, shhhh! No one will ever know!