Linen may just be the best sling fabric there is. Before cotton was widely cultivated, linen was the go-to fabric for just about everything -- daily wear, bedclothes, accessories... if it was sewn, it was made with linen. It's strong, supportive, long-wearing, and is especially terrific for hot climates, since the fibers tend to wick moisture away and allow it to evaporate, rather than holding it in place as cotton tends to do. Soft but slightly crisp when you first open the package, it gets softer with every wash cycle, so do wash before using it for the first time. Its reputation for wrinkles is deserved, but that rumpled look is, after all, quite sought-after these days, and it can be smoothed out with a quick ironing if you're so inclined. I find it quite supportive in a single layer.
Do note: my linen is not from Fabrics-Store.com (unlike most of the linen slings you'll find on Etsy and even some higher-end brands). I used theirs years ago, but had many complaints that the linen had a long break-in period, and also I was getting more emails than I would have liked that small holes were cropping up in the weave after just a couple of wash cycles. My source is a higher quality, and the softening process the fabric undergoes gives it a lovely softness after just one wash/dry cycle.
Recommended from newborn to around 30 pounds. The fabric will certainly hold up to at least 35 pounds, but becomes less comfortable for long periods of time with increasing weights. I have used one with my three-year-old, who weighed about 32 pounds at the time, and it was fine for periods of up to 30 minutes, which is generally all a toddler will want for that up-and-down stage. (Dominant shoulder doesn't matter since there's no directional element.)
This fabric can be machine-washed in cold water and tumble-dried on low. Your sling is cut a several inches longer than specified to accommodate the expected shrinkage. I recommend washing before wearing to remove residues left from fabric manufacturing, and to soften the fabric; while it is initially quite crisp, machine washing and drying will soften it considerably. Linen is prone to wrinkling if left crumpled in a heap, but a few minutes with an iron on low heat should be sufficient to remove wrinkles.
Fantastic and fabulous prints to enliven your sling!
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Other prints; or add a contrasting stripe of linen or twill to your sling's tail
Not finding a print you like? You can send your own fabric to me.
Add visual interest without making it too busy. Optional pocket trim as well!
Secure but easy to access, a zipless pocket is big enough for the essentials.
Using your sling tail as a cover? A snap-on pouch/wristlet allows you to carry small items without adding bulk to the tail.
Show your Whovian pride! Works best on a TARDIS-blue linen sling.
Now you're babywearing with portals!