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From: hayesok
Date: 01-16-2007, 10:36 AM (1 of 6)
I'm a newbie here and am loving this site!! :bg: I just found you all (yes I'm from the South) yesterday and this is just what I've been looking for for help & inspiration.

OK...we're handing down my son's Britax Marathon toddler seat to my daughter in a month or two and I would love to have a girlie cover for her, but I refuse to pay $120.00 and up for one of these. My problem is I cannot find a pattern for a toddler seat. I have found a Kwik Sew for an infant seat, but these toddler seats are quite a bit larger. The only suggestion I've seen is to trace my own pattern from the original cover and that intimidates me. I have just started sewing again and don't know if I'm up for that?? :nervous: Has anyone else done one of these? Any suggestions??
User: hayesok
Member since: 01-16-2007
Total posts: 3
From: MaryW
Date: 01-16-2007, 02:19 PM (2 of 6)
Hi and welcome to Sew Whats New.

I have not done one of these, but if you have some ugly stash fabric, why not trace your old cover, add seam allowances and try. What can it hurt?

We will be here to help you along the way.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: esrun3
Date: 01-16-2007, 08:29 PM (3 of 6)
Hi and welcome to the gang!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
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From: PaulineG
Date: 01-17-2007, 01:04 AM (4 of 6)
I've never tried anything like a car seat cover but I'm fairly new to sewing myself (about 6 months) and have traced patterns off several garments with a fair bit of success. As Mary said just use some ugly fabric (nothing to lose) and maybe a long stitch length so if you have to unpick and adjust it won't be so much work.

Even if you aren't happy with the end result the first (or second or third) time you'll probably learn a lot.

Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle - break it down piece by piece and think about the order you need to sew it in. If you can get hold of the Kwik Sew pattern you mentioned (without parting with too much or any cash) - it might have some helpful construction hints.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: hayesok
Date: 01-17-2007, 03:02 PM (5 of 6)
Thanks so much. I think I'm going to try to trace it out like Mary said...what do I have to lose? I didn't even think about some helpful ideas in the smaller pattern. Thanks Pauline. Wish me luck! :wink: I can't get out in all of this yucky weather anyway. Brrrrrrrr.....
User: hayesok
Member since: 01-16-2007
Total posts: 3
From: Sews4kate
Date: 01-18-2007, 11:28 AM (6 of 6)
would love to hear how it works out for you! I have the same carseat and was thinking of making a new cover.
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
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