Olivia has always been nuts about dolly strollers, but we held off on getting one for her until she could actually walk. (We're sticklers, I know.) But since she's been walking for a while now, we've been on the lookout for one. We checked out buying one brand new from a couple different stores, but I was less than impressed by the selection and the price tag ($10 at the very cheapest). So when we hit the jackpot on a dolly stroller graveyard at one of the local thrift stores, we picked one out and brought it home. For $2.99.
The frame of the stroller is in perfect shape, and even though the fabric it came with was ugly (a gross purple with orange-tinted butterflies), it was holding up pretty well too. ...Or so I thought. It had a fatal rip the first night we brought it home. I had already planned on making a new cover at some point (inspired by this tutorial I saw a while back), but that rip brought a new stroller cover up to the top of the project list.
To make the new cover, this is basically what I did:
- Carefully picked out the stitches around the existing purple stroller straps so I could reuse them.
- Carefully cut apart the old cover, cutting at the seams.
- Used those pieces as pattern pieces--pinned them right onto the new fabric and cut around them, adding a bit for seam allowances.
- Sewed the seat bottom to the seat back.
- Cut and sewed strips of bias tape for the little loops on top.
- Pinned the straps in place.
- Pinned the bias tape strips in place.
- Sewed bias tape around all raw edges.
- And done!
Although I realized after I was sewing it together that, though my fabric choice here was cute, it was not very wise. This fabric is pretty thin and is likely to rip easily. Unfortunately, I foresee myself making another one of these in the future. So, just in case, I saved the original seat cover pieces in a bag with my other patterns so I can use it next time too. And I think next time I'll use much more heavy-duty fabric.
Still, in the mean time, Olivia loves it! And it really is cute. :)