Stroller covers can be expensive! So... I decided to make my own. I think mine is cuter too:)
I love the little window that can be open or shut and that it works on my jogging stroller and my regular stroller. Perfect!
Now we can enjoy a nice jog or stroll even though the weather is getting colder. I even used it in a downpour on the way to church and little miss stayed completely dry! The cover was a bit soggy on the outside, but the lining and the baby stayed dry:)
- 1 1/4 yd main fabric (please measure your stroller! You don't want to come up short)
- 1 1/4 yd lining fabric
- Piece of plastic (I used some leftover product packaging. The bags sheets come in work great!)
- 4 buttons/stroller
- Small hair tie
For Jogging Stroller Cover you also need:
- Hot glue gun
- Elastic- about 6"
1. Strollers are all shaped a bit different, so there's no pattern for this project, but it's pretty easy. Drape your fabric over your stroller (if you want this to work on a jogging stroller and your regular stroller make all the measurements for the jogger) and pin until you get the shape you want. I tucked under quite a bit of fabric at the top to make a curved edge and then it tapers down to the bottom. The overall shape looks kind of like a coffin. I only used 1 yd of fabric and I wish I had gotten a bit more. The bottom of my cover is straight, but I would recommend making a rounded edge along the bottom to get better coverage on the jogging stroller footrest.
6. Slide the window in between your main piece and the liner, so you have a nice sandwich. Top stitch it down with a zig-zag stitch.
9. Sew buttons onto the stroller canopy and add buttonholes to the top of your cover. I did 4 and it works great.
10. If you are making this for a standard stroller I recommend adding ribbon ties along each side and at the bottom. Otherwise your baby will try to tear the cover off. For the jogging stroller you will need to secure it in a few places where there's nothing to tie a ribbon to, so add some velcro instead.
11. Hot glue velcro onto the jogging stroller. This is the best way to attach the cover to the wheel well/foot rest area. I added some to the legs too, but ribbon would work fine there.
12. I learned the hard way that velcro isn't quite enough to hold the cover to the very front. So... I added a piece of elastic that slips into the wheel well. It should be just long enough that it stays down, but isn't rubbing against the wheel. I like having the velcro there too for extra hold.
Finished! Don't you love it? And it makes a nice little fort for your baby.
Check back on friday- I'll be doing another "model" of stroller cover that I helped a friend make.