Getting Ready For Your Custom Experience
The custom conversion is an exciting and daunting time! There are so many things to think about, starting from picking the perfect wrap all the way to choosing the finer details of your carrier. Blue Hibou has complied the information you'll need to get a head start here. Please take the time to read the and consider the information presented on this page, it will help you in finding out if the wrap you're considering is the right length, if you'll need any additional fabrics, all the way down to if your ideas for embroidery will work within the confines of the waistband.
Prices are listed in Canadian Funds. All carriers shipped within Canada are subject to 13% H.S.T.
Wrap Length Requirements and Wrap Suitability
The measurements given below are for 68 centimeter (28 inch) or wider wraps. Narrower wraps may require more length. Special placement (anything other than picking one rail for the waistband and the other rail for the panel) will also require more length. Chevron hoods, pin tucking, etc will consume more wrap than a flat hood, please keep that in mind as well.
A few more details on wrap length requirements to consider:
- The length of the wrap needed is determined by the waistband length, not the panel size, unless the panel height is 46 centimeter (18 inches) or more.
- If your wrap is narrower than 68 centimeter (28 inches), 43 centimeter (17 inch) tall and up panels require more length.
- It's usually older machine wovens or the occasional handwoven with a lot of stretch that end up being narrower than usual.
- When it comes to the waistband length, its approximately 10 centimeter (4 inches) additional length required for Long waistbands.
- It's most important to make sure that your wrap is measured laying flat for the length required, Soft Tape In Hand can be up to 10% difference in length (shorter).
For Full Buckle carriers: You may send in a new or gently used, freshly washed and pressed wrap a minimum of 2.6 meters long for full wrap conversions. 1/2 wrap conversions can be done with 1.6+ meters. 3/4 wrap conversions (shoulder straps with wrap on both sides) can be done with 2+ meters. (Please note: for Mad Hatter Warped and Woven's 'Silverspun'weft wraps: 2 meters are required for a 1/2 wrap conversion, 2.4 meters for a 3/4 wrap conversion, and 3 meters for a full wrap conversion (this wrap is 5 centimeters (2 inches) narrower than the average wrap).
For Reverse Half Buckle carriers: Non-US based customers may send in a new or gently used, freshly washed and pressed wrap a minimum of 3.6 meter long wrap for full wrap conversions. 1/2 wrap conversions can be done with 2.3+ meters. 3/4 wrap conversions (shoulder straps with wrap on both sides) can be done with 2.7+ meters. (Please note: for Mad Hatter Warped and Woven's 'Silverspun'weft wraps: 2.7 meters are required for a 1/2 wrap conversion, 3.1 meters for a 3/4 wrap conversion, and 4 meters for a full wrap conversion (this wrap is 5 centimeters (2 inches) narrower than the average wrap).
Reverse Onbuhimo carriers: You must send in a new, unused, washed and pressed wrap of the following length (depending on your wrap strap length).
- 4.2 meter long wrap for Shorty (full wrap conversion)
- 4.4 meter long wrap for Regular (full wrap conversion)
- 4.6 meter long wrap for Long (full wrap conversion)
- Partial wrap conversions can be done with a minimum of 1 meter (front of panel and shoulders wrap, back of panel and wrap straps linen)
US customers are limited to new, unused wraps from this list (for full wrap Reverse Onbuhimo conversions): Girasol (all weaves), Kokoro cotton, Oscha cotton, Pavo cotton, Tekhni cotton, Uppymama, West of the 4th Weaving, Erizo, Apple Blossom Wovens, Meeyoo and Mad Hatter Warped & Woven. Non-US based customers may send in gently used wraps (please check in with Jo to see if your wrap is suitable).
Wraps that arrive soiled will be washed at Blue Hibou HQ for a $35 charge. Any wrap that is unsuitable for conversion will be returned at the owner's expense.
Measuring for Panel Height on a Blue Hibou Carrier
For Panel Height: With your child seated on the floor, measure from the floor to the nape of your baby's neck, then add approximately 5 centimeters (2 inches).
For Panel Width: With your child seated on the floor, from the back of one knee, around the bum, to the back of the opposite knee. Even better is the same measurement while being carried in a carrier or wrap with your child in the ideal positioning.
Please keep in mind these provide a good estimation of required panel sizing. Consider your experience with Blue Hibou carriers and other brands of carriers in the ideal sizing that your currently using as a guide as well. Only you can determine your needs, based on your child's preferences.
Measuring for Buckle Shoulder Strap Length
To measure for the ideal shoulder strap length, use a flexible fabric measuring tape. Take the measurement from the back of your shoulder blade, wrapping forwards and around to under your armpit at just above elbow level. This will determine the smallest size you'd want your shoulder strap to cinch down to. The sizing for Blue Hibou shoulder strap lengths are from the shoulder attachement to the panel, down the strap to the bottom buckle level. The smaller number is cinched as tightly as the PFAs will go and the larger number is with the PFAs fully extended.