This has taken me way too long to finally post here, but it’s worth the wait, I promise! I am in love with Natalie’s new shopping cart cover, that also doubles as a restaurant high chair cover. Eeeeeew! Germs! Stay away from my lil’ darlin’!
I started this project by searching for just the right fabric. I wanted something cotton because I want to be able to wash it often and throw it in the dryer to kill off even more cooties. I also wanted a cotton that was on the thicker side, but that’s just personal preference. The great thing about this cart cover is that it will fit regular carts, weird plastic carts, and big warehouse store carts. And did I mention it’s reversible? Woo hoo! And you won’t need to find extra wide fabric either. Just regular 44″ wide stuff will do the trick. Let’s get started!
- 2 2/3 yards cotton fabric
- 1 1/2 yards 3/8″ elastic
- Matching thread
With right sides together, draw curves on all four corners of your fabric pieces and trim. (I used a dinner plate to measure my curves.)
Serge all around the edges of the fabric, stitching right sides together. If you don’t have a serger you can stitch all around the edges with a 1/4″ seam.
Lay the fabric flat and smooth out any wrinkles by hand. Pin it in a few places so the fabric doesn’t shift. Following the pattern, find the center of the fabric and draw an 11″ x 4″ rectangle for the leg opening about 14″ up from the bottom edge of the fabric.
Cut out the leg opening, being sure to round the corners a little.
Turn the fabric right side out through the leg opening you just made. Hand press it flat once again and pin around the edges of the entire cover. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch a casing all the way around. Leave about a 2″ opening for your elastic.
Thread your elastic through using a safety pin. It’s a good idea to pin the other end of your elastic to the cover near the elastic opening. That way you don’t accidentally lose your elastic while you’re threading it through the casing. Sew the ends of the elastic together, then sew the opening shut.
Fold your 5 1/2″ x 7″ fabric rectangle right sides together so it’s now a 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, and stitch down one side with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Turn it right side out and iron it flat. Stitch along the edge on each side to help keep the center of the leg opening flat and to give it some strength. I used the edge of my presser foot for my seam allowance measurement.
Now, locate every pin you own. 🙂 Find the center of the leg opening cut-out and insert your rectangle. Fold the edges of the cover in on themselves and stitch them shut. You might find it necessary to clip your corners so that they tuck in easier. I stitched really closely to the edge out of necessity. Do what you need to to make it work!
Here’s what the stitch looks like up close. I didn’t include a picture, but I decided to stitch around one more time to make the seam a little bit stronger.
And you’re finished!
I choose not to use the icky safety belts in the carts because they gross me out, and Nat doesn’t need them for stability any more. When she was younger I made a velcro belt that I used instead, on carts and baby swings at the park, to keep her upright and immobile. As she grows and gets a bit more wiggly I’ll probably have to bring it back! If you choose to make your own belt, or use the ones in the cart, you can stitch two openings in your cover using buttonhole stitches.
Update: Here’s a photo at the request of a LitCentric fan…the shopping cart cover really does fit those over sized, two-seater carts. Or trollies, as the case may be down under. 🙂