Here, as promised, is a picture of the shopping cart cover I made for my friend. It was quite the hit at her daughter's birthday party. I got lots of compliments on it.
As I said, I had been looking at the ones on at the KozyPal website that are like, eighty bucks, and I realized that I already owned a pattern for such a thing (Simplicity 4225, includes patterns for a bunch of baby accessories like Boppy pillows...) All I needed to do was buy some pretty fabric. Pretty fabric isn't cheap, so even with the fabric on sale I still spent between $20-25 for everything necessary to make this. You could probably get it down to $15 if you could find fabric for a dollar a yard but you still have to shell out for the fusible fleece and the velcro.
So is it worth it? I never used one for my other kids and I got along fine, but then one day I borrowed one from my sister-in-law and I just loved it. Baby seems so much more comfortable and you don't have to worry about them getting rotavirus from sucking on the cart handle (Michele, I remember your story!) Of course, a lot of stores have antibacterial wipes for the carts nowdays. So, this is not a necessity but it's definitely a useful, fun thing to have. I made one for me and then I thought "I'll make one for all my friends having babies!" but after I made this one for Shannon I decided that it's pretty time consuming and I can buy something really nice with the same amount of money so I don't know how many I'll make as gifts. (Maybe I'll make BabyLegs instead!)