How to Recover a Stroller
Recovering this stroller was worth every minute of time that it took Laura!
Is it worth it to learn how to recover a stroller? There are some amazing before and after pictures that indicate that re-upholstering a baby stroller can be a wonderful and worthwhile project that will save lots of money.
I have been thinking about recovering an old baby stroller of mine that has, shall we say, less than attractive (spit up and leaky diapers have taken their toll) fabric for quite some time but not being the most confident seamstress it seemed like a project than what I would be bringing to the table.
see replacement cushions and seat pads for baby strollers available in beautiful patterns and fabrics.
Day after day I have walked by that tired looking Graco stroller in my carport thinking surely there was a way to improve its appearance. There is nothing wrong with the way it rolls or its safety features; it just looks ugly.
And then I came across a tutorial written by a mom over at Laura Thoughts
who had been brave and smart enough to have given a used car seat and stroller that she bought for some crazy cheap price, like $15 or so, a complete and total makeover.
The results were completely amazing, so much so that I felt deeply ashamed of my reluctance to jump in and learn how to recover a stroller before now. Because the baby gear she started with was in even worse shape than mine. The fabric on my Graco was just worn and stained. The stroller she recovered had been used by a Mama Cat as a delivery room for a litter of kittens. Not exactly a fun fact, but I want you to appreciate Laura's vision. Stroller Cover Pattern
While obsessing over how to rejuvenate my stroller, various thoughts (read: reasons not to try) ran through my mind about how would I ever cut the replacement fabric to fit properly and how would I re-attach it to the frame of the stroller if I should be so lucky as to manage to cut it in the correct shape and size.
Why it never occurred to me to carefully remove the original sunshade and seat cushion of the baby stroller
and use them as my pattern I can't really say. I worried that the fabric couldn't be removed without tearing it apart or that it was stapled or bolted into the frame in such a way that once removed there would be no way to re-mount the shade even if I did manage all of the above without problems.
It is entirely possible that I could botch the job even with Laura's excellent step-by-step tutorial but my period of procrastination to even try has now come to a close.
With Laura's tutorial handy, I think that I can now learn how to reupholster my baby's stroller and who knows...if that goes well I may just do what she did and recover the baby's car seat to match!
If you have experience with recovering a baby stroller, please take a moment to share any helpful tips that you can. The webmaster of Unique Baby Gear Ideas
AND the visitors who stop by looking for DIY and crafts for their nursery decorating projects will be extremely grateful.