Since before K was born, I'd seen moms pushing around shopping carts with fun covers over the icky baby seats and looked forward to the day I would get to pimp my kid's ride around the grocery store. I was not about to buy one, though! I've got a sewing machine and a strong will - plus those things can get stupid expensive!
So once K was able to start sitting up in shopping carts and highchairs, I couldn't wait to put my handy skills to work.
After much searching, I found this tutorial on Pinterest and headed straight to Hobby Lobby (in a ridiculous thunderstorm, I might add). After browsing hundreds of fabrics, walking up and down the tiny, narrow fabric aisles more than a few too many times, and politely smiling at the many redhead-baby-gawking passersby, I finally made my decision. Did my college alma mater influence my decision? Yes. (Wreck 'em Tech!)
I made a few modifications to the pattern to make it completely reversible with a different print on each side. There was also an adjustment on how I inserted the elastic, but that was hardly on purpose.
A few hours later, I had my finished product! And of course I had to go try it out, so I went to the store for more thread. Any excuse to get a picture of a cute baby in a fun, tricked out shopping cart, right?
After fussing a bit with the seatbelt straps (which K still needs for a little extra stability), I decided to add some big buttonholes in the back when I got home for the straps to go through. My buttonhole foot on my machine only goes up to 1 1/8", so I made those suckers the old fashioned way - zigzag down, a few long stitches sideways, zigzag back up, a few more long stitches sideways, and pray that you don't have to pick out all those tiny little stitches with a seam ripper because you measured the length wrong and made it half an inch too short. Trust me. It still hurts to think about.
I will also probably go back and add a little loop on the front of each side to clip a toy onto.
So there you have it, a clean, cute shopping cart, a healthy baby, and a happy mommy!
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Earlier this week: I loved making
this dress for K so much that I just
had to make her another one!
That's all I've got for now! Thanks for stopping by :)