You'd never tell by the after pictures though because it turned out so well. The fit of the new cover is amazing, despite the near disaster.
Take a look at this lovely before pic. Notice how faded the front of the sunshade is? This needed a make-over almost as badly as the Navy Stroller.
Every stroller is different so there isn't really a tutorial, more like a process. Here's how my process goes.
- Break the stroller down into sections. So the sunshade is one section, the basket underneath is one section, the cushion is one section and the lining fabric is another. If you're lucky the stroller will be in decent condition and you'll just need to re-cover the cushion and the sunshade, those are ideal and a lot less work. Whatever the condition of your stroller you're going to work on one section at a time, so any time you're overwhelmed you just need to remind yourself that your current project is your one small section, forget about the big project and focus on the small.
- I always start on the sunshade so I'll use that section as my example. You're first going to figure out how to remove the sunshade from the stroller, it's usually held on with 4 screws. Once it's removed you can slide the shade off of the metal supports, there are usually two. Put them aside for later.
- This next step is the most tedious, you're going to carefully unpick all the parts to your sunshade so you can use them as your pattern. It's important not to forget how the pieces you take apart went together because you need to be able to put them back, I find it helpful as one piece is removed to pin it back in place with one or two pins just so I don't forget how it's constructed. Sunshade's also normally use two thin plastic supports, as you remove these put them aside for later.
- Once your pieces are unpicked you can unpin one piece at at time and use it as a pattern to cut out your new fabric. Once it's cut out I pin the old piece back where it was (not taking any chances with my memory here). A tip, those two plastic pieces that were removed will need casings to put them back in and that fabric should really be cut on the bias to make it look smoother, I always use bias tape or piping with the cord removed. Makes your job easier and you want a contrasting fabric anyway.
- Once your pieces are all cut out of your fabric you can use your old pinned together mess (it's now a mess by the way) to see how you sew everything back together.
- Add your two plastic supports back in and finish all your raw edges off with some sort of binding. I like to re-use the original just because you need so much but if you re-use the original keep in mind that you should stretch it while you're sewing it back on or you'll run out. You could also use twill tape, nylon webbing or bias tape. I've used all three and twill tape is my favourite and I think the easiest to work with.
- 1 meter of the stripe (For you American's a meter is 39")
- 1 1/4 meter of the flower
- 4 meters of plain brown broadcloth (I always double broadcloth because it's so thin, I really needed one more meter of the brown though, I ended up taking a chunk from my stash to finish)
- 12 meters of twill tape (I hardly had any left)
- This is the first stroller I've done with mesh, I happened to have a mesh laundry bag from the dollar store that I'd used on a previous project and it worked great.
- Also, if you're going to replace the backing and the basket underneath you'll probably need to replace some pound on snaps.
Okay enough talking, more pictures!
I think the pop of yellow on the cushion is perfect and I love how comfy it looks.
I particularly love this shot. That really washed out fabric is supposed to be dark navy blue, and I love that you can see the holes in this one. There were quiet a lot of holes (anywhere there were holes I re-enforced my fabric to hopefully make it a little more durable).
I love that in the after you can see how neatly everything is secured.
One last picture where you can really see the cushion attached to the lining.
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