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This is a re-post from a few years ago when my tiny one was still very very tiny. Gosh, look at the red hair, it’s now all blonde. This is a very easy shopping cart and/or highchair cover. You can make it without a pattern. And, that’s the kind of sewing I like — no patterns!
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Shopping Cart & Highchair Cover Tutorial
- 1 1/4 yd polar fleece
- 1 1/2 yd of any other fabric – (I used stretch twill for the one shown – you can use knit, wovens, whatever should work just fine. If you use a stretch fabric, make sure you lay it out to stretch the same way as the under layer of polar fleece.)
- 1 1/3 yd of 3/4 inch webbing – Strapworks.com – great selection and fast shipping
- 3-way safety buckle – also purchased at Strapworks.com
- 2 yds of 3/4 inch of 1 inch non-roll elastic
- 1 yd of plush foldover elastic OR 1 pkg of extra wide double fold bias tape
1. Cut both pieces of fabric approximately 42 x 42 inches in size and round the edges as shown.
2. Create a leg opening template about 5 x 5 inches in size and round the edges.
3. Find the center of the fabric from the top front of the cover on the fleece and measure about 12-14 inches below the front of the fleece piece. Space the leg openings 1 inch spaced on either side of this, so that there will be a 2 inch space between the leg openings as shown. At these two spots, put the top edge of the leg template and trace as shown. I used a measurement of 13 inches as shown. Therefore, from the front of the cover, the top of the leg opening will be 13 inches from it and the end will be 18 inches from the top. **The front of the cover means the part that will be up near you on the shopping cart.
4. Cut out both leg openings.
5. With right sides together, layer the woven fabric and fleece fabric. With the fleece layer on top, use it as a pattern to round the edges of the woven fabric and cut off any excess to make them exactly the same.
6. Now, use the fleece leg openings as a template, pin together, and cut them out of the top layer fabric.
7. (No pic for this one, as I figured it was self explanatory.) Keeping right sides together, sew around the entire cart cover, leaving a space about 3-4 inches in size in the middle of the top of the front to flip it right side out. I used a serger to do it quickly. If you don’t have a serger, use a straight stitch length of 4.
8. Turn the cover with right sides out and sew a casing around the entire outer edge, approximately 1 inch if using 3/4 inch wide elastic. (If using 1 inch wide elastic, sew it approximately 1 1/4 inches.)
9. Pin the foldover elastic all around the edges, making sure both fabrics are pinned inside. **This is the most efficient way to put the legs together, plus it allows for you to stretch the elastic and the holes as you sew, which I find easier than using just a bias tape.
10. Sew a large zigzag stitch while slightly stretching the elastic.
(Check out my wedding ring. Who says you need a diamond? Mine’s sapphire, so is Nate’s. Our birthstones are both sapphires. I love my wedding ring. Unfortunately, you can’t see the cool filigree along the sides on this pic.)
11. Insert elastic through the hole left and thread through the entire casing. Make sure not to lose the back end when inserting. Bring out both ends, making sure they aren’t twisted and zigzag together. Reinsert back into hole and topstitch nicely closed.
12. I forgot pictures of this one. Create buttonholes for straps. Make sure you know the front from back. Then, measure and mark approximately 12 inches directly center behind each leg hole. This will be where you place the button holes for straps. Make them approximately 1 inch in length to accommodate for the 3/4 inch wide webbing.
13. Attaching the 3 point buckle. Cut a piece of webbing roughly 10 inches in length. Insert the strap into the bottom of the 3 point buckle and fold over approximately 1.5 inches and tack it very tightly with a “X” and box stitch around the “X”. You want that sucker secured.
14. Position the end of the webbing approximately 2.5 inches centered from the back of the leg openings (if that doesn’t make sense, look at the picture below with the buckle fastened. If that is confusing, simply measure a total of 20.5 inches from the top front of the cover directly centered back from the leg openings. Tack it down by sewing an X and then a box around it.
16. Add embellishments to your cover. I added a toy strap and a double pocket. You can do variations on these with leftovers. Pictured here is the toy strap pinned to the cover. I cut a piece of fabric roughly 2.5 inches in width x 12 inches long. I ironed it into a double fold self bias strip and sewed it shut along the edge, adding hook and loop tape (Velcro) to the end so that you can attach a toy, fold it over to the hook and loop and it stays securely attached. Then sew it to the cover up above the leg straps near the front edge.
17. Add a pocket, hiding the sewn down portion of the toy strap. Cut a piece of fabric roughly 12 x 5 inches in size. Hem the top of the pocket. Then, center the pocket with the leg holes and sew it approximately 2 inches above the leg holes. Fold in the bottom and sides of the pocket and pin down, then sew around it. Next, sew a line down the middle of it to make 2 pockets. One for toys, one for mama’s keys and cell phone.
This is a highchair view of my 6 month old. It fits great on any highchair I’ve used in a restaurant, even high back ones. I just pull one strap end out of the buttonhole, insert it around a back hole or part of the high chair to secure it, and rethread it back through the button hole and fasten her into the cover.
This is a shopping cart view at Target. To me, they seem to have the deepest cart seats over the grocery stores and Walmart, and it fits great. With the strap, I pull it out of one buttonhole, thread it through a few of the metal bars in the seat and rethread it back through the buttonhole before I securely fasten her in. Also in this picture, you can see a toy hanging off the toy strap. You can also see her pulling her linking rings out of the pocket.
I’m sure you noticed that I do not use batting in my cart covers. I have seen other patterns that do, and I just find it unnecessary, especially when you can use something soft and thick like polar fleece. Plus, I think it’s very important to not put your baby in a shopping cart seat until they can sit up on their own safely.