I'm not sure how many of these strollers we've been through. I do have five girls, you know. Clothing gets passed down better than these, made from cheap polyester night gown-like material that is as thin as possibly feasible and rips the first time your child sits down in it, and who are they kidding if they think a child is just going to use it for their doll/stuffed animal/[insert favorite toy]? Every time one ripped I would think, "I ought to make a new cover," but then it would get stuffed to the back of the closet until I cleaned it out and away it would go the way with the rest of the broken toys. This is the first time I actually followed through and made a new cover. I did have to stick with some pink, although I briefly thought of painting the frame....a bit too far, said the very small sensible portion of my brain. I just cut the old one apart to trace two new pieces out of some really heavy duty upholstery [almost like canvas] fabric I had a remnant of, and sewed bias around the entire perimeter [adding new grosgrain ribbons for the straps]. I decided that next time I should use a wider bias tape, but so far it has held up Azure pushing Clover around and the attempt at the previous reversed scenario.
I wonder if manufacturers are taking note of this repurposing and refashioning movement? Dresses from sheets, decor from packaging, toys from old clothes. What do you think? I feel like it's going on on a grand scale, but perhaps my vision is narrowed to the blogs I choose to peruse. I don't know. Either way, I hope we are making a difference: demanding quality, reducing waste, and becoming a more resourceful people.
That was a great idea. I love the difference we are making. It reminds me of the old depressions saying:ReplyDelete
Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without
That is a great idea!ReplyDelete
Great idea! Funny, I have that exact stroller, and guess what...it ripped at every seam there was to the thing. I only mended it, but now you have inspired me to make a new one!ReplyDelete
Your resourcefulness never ceases to amaze me, I've updated on the Oli front :) xxxReplyDelete
haha! we have that stoller too. guess where it is currently? thats right...shoved in the back of a closet after it ripped from aria insisting on sitting in it. i saved it because i figured id redo the cover but havent gotten around to it. i should get to it.ReplyDelete
Amen sister you said it! It is definitely going on a lot more these days. I am a avid watcher of many blogs and it seems like more and more people are discovering re purposing everyday!ReplyDelete
I like your polka dots better.ReplyDelete
Such an awesome idea and you picked a much better fabric design!! Also, I loved your sewing machine post. A friend of mine keeps telling me she wants me to teach her to sew (which I'm completely unqualified to do!), and that she's just going to get a cheap sewing machine from Target for $99. I've cringed everytime I hear her say that. I definitely plan to share your wisdom with her!ReplyDelete
How clever! Love the new fabricReplyDelete
As a beginning sewer and with my first little one on the way, I love reading your blog and blogs like yours. I am constantly amazed at your resourcefullness. Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us all.ReplyDelete
That is so much cuter anyhow! Mine hasn't ripped, but I'm almost tempted to remake it just so it'll be as cute as yours : ) But I'm due in a week, so I think I'll put off that project.ReplyDelete
In my blog-hopping it seems that everyone is more resourceful, etc...but then I get together with friends and I seem to be one of the only ones doing it. Maybe a little more time and it'll catch on up here too?...
Lovely transformation! A year ago I also made a new cover for my girl's toy strollers. Kind of funny, the fabric I used is almost the same as yours, only the colours are different. Great minds think alike :)ReplyDelete
Here is a link to my blog post with the new, improved strollers:
I did this last Christmas for my niece! Definitely used a heavier weight fabric and she is in love! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one. It was my first time deconstructing to create a pattern. Fun and well received.ReplyDelete
Wow I did exactly the same project as yours earlier this year! What a coincidence! I don't have five girls though. I only have two. Here's what I did: http://sewlovesew.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-seat-for-doll-stroller.htmlReplyDelete