Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stroller refit

When I was talking earlier this month about doing some projects for my kids that I have been putting off, this was way up there on the list. A couple of months ago, Logan sat in Myra's toy stroller and tore off one of the ties that holds the little fabric seat on. I promised her that I would fix it, but it just sat in my sewing room. I hate mending. On the other hand, I think it is particularly dastardly to break a promise made to a child, so here is her new stroller.
Isn't it fun? Instead of just sewing the loop back on, I made a whole new seat. The old one was some cheap polyester that wasn't even very cute.
Here is the original seat, taken off the stroller. Sorry the picture is blurry. I took it just for reference in reassembling the seat, then realized that I didn't have a "before" picture to show you. See what I mean, though? Not very cute! I did scavenge the original straps and binding, and used a remnant of quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby for the new seat. The new seat back is two layers, so that the wrong side doesn't show. After scavenging the binding, I used the old seat as a pattern. It worked great and only took about 45 minutes.
Here is Myra and baby trying out the new ride. Myra is happy with it and so am I. She loves that fabric, and I wasn't sure what to do with it since it was a small piece but a large print. I think this is perfect!

14 comments:

  1. That's so cute, the fabric just makes it pop. My granddaughters just love those strollers. We have a couple at our house and they always get played with.

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  2. Great save, even better than the original. I agree with you about breaking promises made to kids. I've always been very careful not to, and even more careful about what I promise. lol

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  3. Oh how cute! Love the fabric, it is just perfect for the stroller. Myra looks so little in that photo :-)

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  4. I have repaired--even duct taped-- my Jacie's stroller so many times! I know I should just make a new seat but... well... I think you know.
    Nice job!

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  5. Very cute!
    I hate mending too. Can I send you our stroller that got torn because of a real baby sitting in it??? *L*

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  6. I love it! Nice finishing. (both by making it two layers and by getting it done)

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  7. Haha! I think my kids had outgrown their little toy stroller before I got around to mending its ripped loop. Hmm, failing to mend stuff counts as promise breaking? Crap, I'm definitely in the mommy doghouse, then...

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  8. Great save for the stroller. I'm sure Myra loves it even more now! And I agree, it's much cuter than it was.

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  9. Big mommy points for you! Now you get to sew something fun for yourself before doing any more mending.

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  10. Oh that is totally on my mending list. Vinny sat in the stroller a few months back and everyone keeps asking when I can sew the broken loop. I of course have no intention of sewing the loop, but making a new cover. Problem is that it is low on my priority list ;)

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  11. It's so cute how little kids like pushing around toy strollers even if they don't like sitting in their real strollers all that much!

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  12. Much improved! I've needed to do that for more than one doll stroller, but never got around to it.

    You reminded me of this funny (and weird) video by Rhett and Link: http://rhettandlink.com/videos/#pimp-my-stroller

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  13. What a great idea! I imagine you could do the same with a car seat too--ours is getting a little funky around the edges...I'll get around to it when the fabric is right.

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