Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Patchwork Quilted Shopping Cart Cover

I have been working hard for about a week on this little project whenever I got a chance to work on it. Summer is coming to an end soon and not long after it will be cold and flu season and shopping carts will be frozen in sub zero temperatures. I needed to get this project done before the impending doom winter season.

I am writing a pattern for this and have a few testers who have volunteered on Instagram to test it for me so it is coming soon (hopefully a month) if any of you will be wanting to make one.

We took my baby girl for a test drive of it within an hour of my having it finished. I think it's safe to say she likes it. :)

I made it large enough to fit a Walmart shopping cart which has a double seat if (Lord help you!) you were shopping with twins or two toddlers. The cart cover only has leg holes for one child though so if you actually were shopping with two you would need to modify for your needs.

It has a seat belt which goes around the back through the cart's rungs and back through the quilt to attach around baby's waist and keeps her (or him if you have a boy) from falling (or launching) out of the cart. Also, when Mommy is tearing through the grocery store with 20 minutes to school pick-up and baby looses her balance this can prevent the ensuing screaming that results when baby bumps her head on the metal cart. Not that I would know anything about that.

Here you can see the seat belt a little better.

This may seem over the top to a few people but if you've ever shopped with a baby who is teething you can appreciate the desire to keep them from mouthing the shopping cart handle and any other surfaces they can reach with their mouth especially during flu season. It's also a courtesy to other shoppers who probably don't want to put their fresh produce in a freshly saliva-ed cart (or worse if there is a diaper wardrobe malfunction).

Here is a view of the leg holes which have a bias binding around them.
I started off with a patchwork quilt and put the two leg holes in it.

I posted this photo on Instagram which got a bit of attention when at first I pretended the holes were not intentional. But then I said "just kidding!" and explained what this was for.

Here's another Instagram photo of the leg holes bound and my webbing and clips ready to go. This was last night at 11:00 when I was calling it quitting time.

And here it is fresh off the sewing machine all ready to try out this afternoon.
Thank you for visiting today to see my patchwork quilted shopping cart cover. I think I will list these in the Etsy shop and see if I get any orders. :)

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday and Let's Bee Social. Buttons are in my sidebar for you to go see what everyone else is making too.

5 comments:

  1. Ba-rilliant!!!!!!!!!!!! I need, like, a hundred of these for friends and family!!

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  2. Hi Anita,
    This is my first visit, I found you on Quilt Story and so happy I did!. I love the baby cart cover, its a wonderful pattern. I will make one for sure when you have your pattern ready.
    Its been wonderful visiting you and I look forward to visiting again.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth
    PS. I am your newest follower

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  3. It's super cute and super useful! I don't have kids, but I do work in a grocery store and pretty much every day you see parents trying to stop their kids from sucking/gnawing on the hands of the shopping carts. (So dirty! I guess it's goodish for the immune system? Still...)

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  4. This is super cute. Cart cover as well as baby. Wonderful job!

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  5. What a great idea. This would have been so handy when I needed one 15 years ago... It's a great way to put all those extra lap quilts we have lying around to good use.

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