A Tying Tuesday….How to use the Zippy with Sling Rings

This tying Tuesday is either a little late or super-organized and early depending on whether you are a ‘glass- half- full’ or a ‘glass-half-empty’ person :LOL:

It’s all about the Onbag Zippy and how you can use the new loop (at the bottom of one of the straps) to attach sling rings 🙂

It really is very straight-forward!

First you thread the straps through the rings...

First you thread the straps through the rings…

Then you fold the strap down and tie it to the loop...

Then you fold the strap down

Then you tie the strap to the loop...

Then you tie the strap to the loop…

And just push the rest of the strap down into the bag to keep it tidy ;)

And just push the rest of the strap down into the bag to keep it tidy 😉

Ta Dah!! The sling rings are now attached so you can weave your other strap through them and away you go!!

Sling rings are easily adjastable on the go :)

Sling rings are easily adjastable on the go 🙂

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A new design of bag :o)

I have made a new bag today and just popped on here quickly to tell you about it 🙂

I say ‘quickly’ because it is the Summer Holidays and my stunning lego-model- building skills are required by my children so that they can finish putting together a Hobbit Home :LOL:

This bag is a ‘Hipster’ and it is based on a design by Embroidery Garden, to make using my embroidery machine. However, the embroidery machine doesn’t like it one little bit – probably something to do with the 10 layers of cord where the straps insert :LOL: So I am reduced to making it with my trusty industrial machine – who glides through the layers with barely a squeak or groan 😀

This little bag is very handy to keep my purse and keys in ;)

This little bag is very handy to keep my purse and keys in 😉

the long strap is adjustable, so it can be worn across your body, or casually slung over one shoulder.

The long strap is adjustable, so it can be worn across your body, or casually slung over one shoulder.

Tha bag in the photos is a small version – ideally suited for popping out to the shop with your keys and purse in. I am also going to make a larger version, which will be just the right size to carry a kindle( or other e-reader) in. The bags are lightly padded to protect any precious contents from scratches

There is also a  fabric divider so that you can keep your keys away from that shiny screen on your mobile phone 😉

Tying Tuesday – a second way rings with an Onbag baby or Classic

Oh dear – if someone was to give me a grade for my ability to blog regularly, it wouldn’t be a very good one :LOL:

Tying Tuesday came and went last week, and I completely forgot all about it :eek!:

So – many apologies to those of you who were waiting for the alternative way to use slings on your regular Onbag :hangsheadinshame:

Anyway, without further ado, here are the photos 🙂

Thread the rings onto one of the straps.

Thread the rings onto one of the straps.

Now loop the shoulder strap back and thread it through the Onbag loop at the bottom of the bag.

Now loop the shoulder strap back and thread it through the Onbag loop at the bottom of the bag.

Tie the strap around the Onbag loop. you should only need a single knot here really, not a double one ;)

Tie the strap around the Onbag loop. you should only need a single knot here really, not a double one 😉

Now the sling rings are securely attached to the Onbag 🙂

I expect that most of you can do the next bit without me needing to tell you, as it’s just the same way that you thread a ring sling 😉 But since I am trying to be thorough, I’ll go through it anyway 😉

Take your other strap (the long one that hasn’t been threaded through anything yet 😉 )

Now thread it through both rings.

Spot the different Onbag ;)

Spot the different Onbag 😉

Finally, loop this strap back through one of the rings. It should look a bit like a climber’s harness 😉

The rings lock the strap into place, and hold it there firmly.

The rings lock the strap into place, and hold it there firmly.

Now you are ready to pop your Onbag over your shoulder, and load it up!

Hints and tips:

If you are back carrying, you might want to leave the strap quite long and wear it underneath your carrier. you can tighten it up a little once your baby is secure on your back 🙂

You don’t need to keep the rings in the corsage position if you don’t want to. You can let the bag dangle down if it’s more comfy for you, and the rings just make it easier and quicker to adjust the strap length 😉

Tying Tuesday – using rings with an Onbag classic or baby

I have been thinking about writing a feature post about different ways to tie your Onbag for a while, as it’s a question that always seems to pop up :LOL:  Onbags are a bit like wraps – you can tie them in so many different ways, depending on how you are carrying your child, whether it is a quick pop to the shops or an all-day hike 😉

So when Ruth contacted me a few days ago about using Sling Rings with her Onbag Classic, I decided to grab the nettle and start a regular series of posts.

This is how to use Sling Rings with your ordinary Onbag Classic or Baby. (The Zippy has special loops that make the whole process a bit more streamlined – but it’s still out being tested, so you’ll have to wait for that :p)

1. Thread two sling rings onto the strap of your Onbag.

Thread on your rings.

Thread on your rings.

2. Now tie a knot in your strap, ao that they loops are held in position. You might find that you need to do a double knot if your fabric is a little slippy….otherwise, a single knot should be fine 😉

Tie a knot in your strap

Tie a knot in your strap

3. Tuck away the remainder of the long strap into the body of your Onbag. that way, it won’t keep flapping around and annoy you :LOL:

Tuck away your strap.

Tuck away your strap.

4.  Now thread your other strap through the rings! Ta-dah 🙂

Thread you other strap through the rings, and pop on your bag!

Thread you other strap through the rings, and pop on your bag!

I’d really like to know how you all get on with this – please let me know!

And any action pics would just be fantastic 😉

Next Tying Tuesday will be another one with Sling rings – but this time using the Onbag loops 😉 See you all then!

Introducing……

The Onbag Zippy!!

‘Tis a very exciting day here at Daisy Chain Headquarters, as I have been working feverishly away at a new project for the past few weeks….

Lots of people have asked me recently for an Onbag that:

1. Is a little bit more structured.

2. Has lots of pockets on the outside so that they can get to their stuff whilst they are walking.

3. Hasn’t got a flap.

Now I’m not one to turn customers away if I can help it, and I like to be able to make people happy by customising their Onbags to make them just perfect ;o)  So, I set about designing the Onbag Zippy 🙂

Now, I could waffle on all day about all the design features, but a picture speaks a thousand words, as they say 😉

The Onbag zippy can be worn like a messenger bag...

The Onbag zippy can be worn like a messenger bag…

Or it can be worn like a back-pack....

Or it can be worn like a back-pack….

And here is one of the new, exciting details……

Wait for it…..

The Onbag Zippy has an extra loop on one of the straps which enables you to use it with sling rings too!!

I am Soooo excited about this feature, as no-one else has ever done this on a Babywearing bag before 😉

Sling rings!

Sling rings!

In a day or two, I’ll have a blog post that is dedicated solely to the Sling ring loop – just because I am so ridiculously pleased with it :LOL:

A few weeks ago, I asked people about pockets. And it turns out that pockets are a Big Deal when you are carrying lots of stuff around. Most people were adamant that they wanted an outside pocket to carry a bottle of water in, and an inside pocket to carry a bottle if they were formula feeding 😉

So , the zippy has LOTS and LOTS of pockets 🙂

Outside:

There is a large, zippered pocket on the back...

There is a large, zippered pocket on the back…

And two small pockets on teh front, which fasten with velcro....

And two small pockets on the front, which fasten with velcro.

On one side is a waterproof, zippiered pocket to hold a water bottle ;)

On one side is a waterproof, zippered pocket to hold a water bottle 😉

On the inside:

Three elasticated pockets to hold nappies or bottles...

Three elasticated pockets to hold nappies or bottles…

And a small zippered pocket to hold bits and pieces like keys ;)

And a small zippered pocket to hold bits and pieces like keys 😉

And to close it all securely….

A Zip!

A Zip!

So what do you think? The Onbag zippy is going on it’s travels to be tested by a couple of lovely Mamas.

I would love to hear what you think about it too 🙂

Meet my new sewing machine!

She ( or possibly he?) is new to me 🙂 He/she is a Husqvarna machine, and I’ve never had one of those before….so it has taken me quite a while to get used to all the little differences :LOL:

But the really special thing about my new sewing machine is that it isn’t JUST a sewing machine….it does embroidery too, all by itself!

Well, maybe not completely by itself, as I have to program it, thread it, line everything up etc. But you know what I mean :LOL:

You may have already seen some of this new sewing machine’s work on the Rainbow swallow Onbag (which is about half way down this post) but I have managed a few others which I haven’t yet shown you 😉

My son's favourite one.

My son’s favourite one.

And my daughter's favourite ;)

And my daughter’s favourite 😉

To celebrate finally mastering the new embroidery machine, I have decided to have a little Giveaway!! Yay!!

I will be doing it through the Facebook page. So as not to break any facebook rules, I have used an app labelled “Enter Giveaway” which you can find at the top of my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daisy-Chain-Creations/158538234164611

All that you need to do, is to suggest a name for this wonderful little sewing machine 😉

The winner will get an embroidered zone, and can choose a few words of their own to be embroidered onto the reverse 🙂

Little Red Riding Hood embroidery on a linen zone :)

Little Red Riding Hood embroidery on a linen zone 🙂

The Giveaway will be drawn on Monday 6th May 🙂

January Slots…..

are almost full!

If you fancy buying your own semi-custom Onbag in the New Year, email me at daisychaincreations@tesco.net

You don’t need to choose your fabric until after Xmas, and payment isn’t required until your Onbag is sewn in the last 2 weeks of January 😉

More details on the ordering process are here 🙂

Semi-custom slots!

4 new semi-custom Slots will be available on Wednesday night at 7pm.

Details on the ordering process are here, and you can also email me if you have any questions 😉

daisychaincreations@tesco.net

The first Mamas to email me after 7pm on Wednesday will get the slots, so you’ll need to be quick off the mark 😉

Semi-custom slots for April!

A limited number of semi-custom slots will be available on Tuesday 20th March at 7pm!

If you want one, you’ll need to email me at 7pm….. the slots went within minutes last time-so you need to be quick 😉

Details on the ordering process are available here 🙂

Semi-customs Onbags :o)

For the past couple of months, I have been mulling over the idea of semi-custom Onbags…….but I didn’t quite know how to manage it without having to invest in lots of different fabrics for the linings.

Now, I am usually more than happy to buy fabrics (especially gorgeous print fabrics ;)), but my husband is getting pretty stressed by the amount of fabric that I have in the house :LOL:

At the moment I have nearly 200m of cord and twill fabrics hidden under my bed and I never let him see all the other fabrics that I have stashed away sneakily into various cubby holes – so you see,  buying in more fabric to make semi-customs was a bit of an issue :LOL:

I was delighted when an idea hit me last week! See what you think……

1. You pick your basic fabric from here, as normal.

2. Then, you spend copious amounts of time drooling over the fabrics on this  website, and eventually choose one, change your mind several times, and then come back to the one that you started with :LOL: Then you email me with your fabric choice, and I will buy it for you 😉

3. I order in your fabric, and then we all sit around twiddling our thumbs for a couple of weeks until it arrives.

4.When your fabric arrives, I pre-wash it, and then make it into a beautiful Onbag for you!

5. And all for the same cost as one of my instock Onbags……so a semi-custom Onbag Baby will be £65 + 4pp and a semi-custom Onbag Classic will cost £75 +4pp

(If you decide to go for one of the sublimely beautiful Echino or Kokka prints, then I will have to add on a bit more to cover the extra cost of the fabric ;))

So there we have it! I’m hoping that it will turn out to be a pretty simple process. But just in case it isn’t, I’m only going to offer 4 slots to start with and I will need a non-refundable deposit of £15 to secure your slot 😉

If you’d like a slot, email me at daisychaincreations@tesco.net and the first four mamas through the door will get their semi-custom Onbag 🙂

 

ETA:

All these slots have gone now-in fact they went within the first two hours 😮

More will be offered soon ;o)