my very first tutorial: a booster seat cover

Sometimes in the midst of all the long term projects, its nice to slip in one or two that can be completed in an hour’s time.

Today whilst cleaning out our vehicle, I decided to throw away the icky cover for Ry girl’s car seat because no matter how many times I wash it, that synthetic material just doesn’t come clean anymore and the elastics are all stretched out so it never stays in place anyway. THEN a light bulb came on…I could just make a new cover…a simple rectangle with a little quilt batting. And even though my daughter is obsessed with patchwork at the moment and therefore requested that we make the cover patchwork…it was still super easy and didn’t take us longer than an hour to cut, sew, and assemble. (Let it be known that I did not choose the fabric combos…and all of it was sewn with a five year old running the pedal and guiding some of the time while she sat in front of me and my hugely pregnant belly on the same little wooden chair.)

Here is the basic tutorial (with only photos of the finished project…it was very impromptu).
1. Measure the area (length and width) of the seat you would like to cover. I chose to only cover the areas absolutely necessary to make it more comfy.
2. Choose your top fabric and cut it to the length and width you need. (If you are in the mood for a little patchwork…just make a patchwork section and cut it down to size).
3. Place two layers of batting underneath your top fabric, pin it in place, and quilt to your heart’s desire.
4. Remove pins. Cut a bottom layer NOTE: you can either do what I did here and cut the rectangle an inch larger than your top piece on all four sides and use the extra fabric to fold over the top as your binding….OR you can cut the piece the same as the top and cut binding strips, binding the edges as you would a quilt. Either way should work just fine.

5. Using a 1/2″ elastic or larger, cut two lengths of elastic just long enough to hold the cushion/cover snugly in place. You will have to decide where it makes most sense to put your elastics for your personal booster seat. I suggest sewing a square, as pictured, to fasten the elastic to your cover.
6. Voila! Place on seat and admire!

Also. You could easily encase that unsightly elastic in a little fabric, but then the project might take a little longer than an hour…I decided I could deal with the unsightly elastic.

(the back)



In Progress.

This week I have started the process of moving my very messy, spread-out-on-the-floor studio from the large room it is in now into the tiny space we have been using as a storage room. My current studio will become my bedroom and my current bedroom will become our new nursery for baby E. There’s lots of re-organizing, sifting, purging, and painting to be done.

a little view of what my studio had been like…

Wednesday I was packing up and making progress. Yesterday I moved lots of essentials. Today the purging begins…and maybe even some taping so I can begin painting soon…