Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cover

This was an enormous project, and I'm warning you, before you look at these pictures and really want to do your own carseat cover, you must be 110% committed and really ambitious!!!! It is a ton of work ripping out all the stitches on the old carseat, pinning, cutting, pinning, sewing, unpicking, re-sewing, fighting with the sewing machine, rethreading the needle, breaking the needle, spooling the bobbin, fighting with the fabric, stabbing fingers with pins... etc. But in the same breath let me also say that if you want to do one, I will totally help you with every step along the way, because it is SO worth it. This was my first one, and there are definitely things I will do differently next time (because, yes, there will be a next time), I'm not thrilled with the sides - but I am ABSOLUTELY positive that this is THE hardest carseat cover I could have done. It was very complicated, but gave me a good challenge - it was like a jigsaw puzzle. A jigsaw puzzle where I was deciding the final picture. And believe me, it is FAR from perfect. But if I can do it - you can too.





This....

turned into...







THIS:




I may still add some fabric in the bottom front corners - the final cover was, of course, slightly smaller than the original so the bottom corners don't quite match up. I don't know if I care that much, and I need a break from sewing. But all the snaps match up, and that's the important thing. 
And if I can do a cover this complicated, then I can definitely help you do an easier one (or any one, because this one was CRAZY), like an infant carseat. I even have a piping foot for my machine, which makes me insanely happy. Also, as with anything, the more you sew, the better you are at sewing, so get crackin'.

5 comments:

  1. Nice work!! I am so impressed! I have thought about recovering the car seat, but I am way too scared of messing it up. Your's looks so great! I'm in love with the colors you picked, too :)

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  2. It turned out so good! yay for all that hard work!:)

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  3. Bring on the spilled juice and cookie crumbs!

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  4. Gabrielle SinclaireMay 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    it turned out so good! you are so crafty. it makes me jealous.

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  5. Wow Skye, that is super impressive! You've got skills.

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