Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Shopping Cart Cover

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!)
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Josie said...

Good job!! Those are my staple first birthday gift to good friend. I LOVE them!! I couldnt live without mine and get compliments everywhere I go!

scraps said...

Great job! I really like those colors!

Annalea said...

That's beautiful! And ugh . . . I forgot about rotavirus. I need to make a shopping cart cover, as the baby loooove to smear slobber all over the cart.

Have you tried using regular fleece, instead of fusible? Or you can use batting to give it body. The velcro is a tough sell, unless you buy aplix in bulk on eBay. (Aplix lasts longer than velcro, and has a softer loop side, imho.)

I've also seen them that are made like fitted sheets, with elastic all around the edge, and leg holes in the middle. That would elimiate the velcro . . .

Okay, gotta go get going. We get to do some shopping today for jeans . . . have a good one!