Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DIY shopping cart cover

Finally back to blogging! How I miss having free time. What is it about today's lifestyle that completely depletes fun and free time? Crafting and blogging are some of the first things to go when I feel depleted, especially since I am incapable of letting go of reading. This fall I have enjoyed reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, among several more. I wish that I could read many of the books soon to be represented in the Oscar buzz worthy movies coming out as well. I guess I really can't complain too much since I have really been enjoying the fall weather by going hiking and in general trying to be outside as much as possible.

But now on to crafting! Both my sister and my sister-in-law are expecting babies within 2 weeks of one another, which means a great excuse for a lot of crafting, starting with this DIY shopping cart cover for my sister and brother-in-law. They are obsessed with classic toys and are decorating their future little boy's bedroom with a Mickey Mouse theme.

I used a McCall's pattern, since it was on sale for a $1 at Joann Fabrics.

I used: 2.25 yds of 45" flannel fabric, 2 yd of contrast cotton fabric, 2 yd of natural cotton batting, 1.5 yd of  1/2 " elastic, plastic safety buckle, 2 yds of webbing (I used a natural rather than nylon which was called for)

1. This shopping cart is first layered batting and flannel and stitched but not locked in place. 2. Then with right sides together the flannel and cotton contrast are stitched together leaving a hole to turn it right side out. 3. Once turned the circumference is restitched 3/4" from the edge to allow for the elastic to be fed through the hole following the next steps. 4. Stitch around the circumference of the leg holes. 5. Next the pattern allows for fabric to create a bias tape and this will be done at this time, by stitching the ends together of a parallelogram like shape only meeting up at the middle 2/3rds. (sorry for the lack of pictures!) Then cut bias tape for one continuous length at the 1/3rd width. Pressing wrong sides in 1/4 width of the bias tape on both sides then press in half. 6. Bias tape is used to finish leg holes, tops of pockets, and top of bag. 7. After finishing leg holes and reinforcing with two seams around the circumference, create buttonholes at the back from the buckle and strap in the traditional manner. 8. Next the pockets are created with both contrasting colors, then binding is attached with 1/2" loop at each end for the attachment of pacifiers or toys, finally attached to the cover. 9. Create storage bag in much the same way, except that it is only attached to cover by the binding at the back of the cover. It called for use of the same two colors, but I ran out of fabric and used a black knit which worked out very nicely. 10. Attach the webbing to the buckle then thread into the buttonhole. 11. Finally thread the elastic between the outer seams of the cover (I like to use a safety pin to make it easier to hold when threading it through), stitching the elastic together once complete with a zigzag or locking stitch. Sew the exterior hole closed.

Ps It was so awkward taking pics of this at a grocery store when I don't have any children yet! lol