A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Do you have a crafty tattoo?  We'd love to feature it in our Crafty Tattoos blog series!  Share it with us here!
Total Members: 296,745
Currently Running With Scissors:
512 Guests and 7 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: 1 2 [All]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Raining and no car? Well one makes a rain cover for the stroller!  (Read 2415 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
happyfrog
« on: November 14, 2007 07:28:18 AM »

Took me about 2 hours (with help, lol, from my 2 young children who just LOVE to help me) to make this rain cover for my stroller.

I HATE having my car in the shop!!!

So since I HAVE to do my errands today - library, post office, grocery store, and bank, AND it's raining, BLECH!  I decided I had to make a rain cover so the kids could stay dry.

So here is the results of my efforts.  It's not perfect but it appears like it'll work well.  I attached snaps to the fabric canopy 'sun shade' so that when the wind blows, the rain cover will not blow away.  I had the vinyl in house (I buy weird materials and just keep them around, lol)  I used an old piece of fabric for a pattern template (using clothespins to hold it on the stroller while I was cutting it up - the fabric that is, lol).  Then used the fabric pattern on the vinyl.  The theory and application worked!  Smiley

Here it is:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a212/happyfroggy/StitchingProjects/IMG_1848_1.jpg

and a close up of my bad stitching (my 22 month old INSISTED on pulling on the vinyl the whole time I was sewing, sigh) with some of the snaps attached to the sun shade to hopefully prevent wind gusts from taking off with my rain cover. . . .
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a212/happyfroggy/StitchingProjects/IMG_1849_2.jpg

BettyAnn
« Last Edit: November 20, 2011 07:00:07 PM by LimeRiot - Reason: converted broken images to links » THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.answeredprayers.aboutmybaby.com
mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
Sofiushka
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2007 07:32:50 AM »

Very impressive!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
somethingamazingbyvanessa
I'm easily amused and easily confused.
Offline Offline

Posts: 56
Joined: 04-Oct-2007


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007 07:35:04 AM »

That's awesome! With the vinyl though, is it well ventilated? BTW, that's the craziest stroller I have ever seen! How cool!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

happyfrog
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007 07:37:52 AM »

thanks, guys!

in answer to your questions - it's a runabout stroller.  it's actually a triple.  I have the front seat off right now as I'm only transporting 2 kids today.  Smiley  (bought it off eBay)

for ventilation, there's TONS of air flow under the rain canopy so I'm not worried.  Smiley

Well, I've almost got my parcels addressed (which is why I'm still online, lol) and then I'm off once I figure out where the kids shoes are hiding. . .

BettyAnn
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.answeredprayers.aboutmybaby.com
mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
PolymerJanna
Offline Offline

Posts: 343
Joined: 14-Oct-2007

I'm pro-crafting!


View Profile
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007 08:00:13 AM »

thats bloody brilliant! Grin Grin Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

tattooedcrafter
I don't need friends, I have teddy bears!!!
Offline Offline

Posts: 2422
Joined: 26-Oct-2006

Me and My littlest love


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007 08:19:22 AM »

thats a really great idea!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I have very limited internet access so if you don't hear from me don't worry I'll be around soon

I'm Full of Unexpected Awesomeness
wists.com/tattooedcrafter
barbolot
Tutorial Contributor

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
Offline Offline

Posts: 2790
Joined: 07-Feb-2007


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007 10:24:51 AM »

VERY cool stroller cover!  (neat-O stroller, too!)  My only question was about the ventilation, too, but it does seem to provide plenty.  I like how it's see-through and you can see what the kiddos are up to, also.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

happyfrog
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2007 11:44:52 AM »

You guys are just so sweet to me!

I just found the runabout stroller website.  I think MY stroller rain cover is nicer than their 'premium' one!!  I used heavy weight vinyl so it is comparable I believe to their premium one

Plastic Weather Shield (fits over canopy)
        Premium $90

Here's a pic of 'their' rain cover


You guys decide.  Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.answeredprayers.aboutmybaby.com
mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
happyfrog
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2007 11:47:30 AM »

just realized - in the 'real' runabout pic, there's no basket in the front part of stroller.  that's because I custom made one for my stroller when I first got it, lol.  I didn't have enough storage space in the little box thingy in teh back of the stroller, so I made another storage area that holds my diapers, etc.  Smiley

Guess I AM getting crafty.  Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.answeredprayers.aboutmybaby.com
mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
M Fox
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2007 02:33:04 PM »

I think it's funny that you basically duplicated the retail rain cover without seeing it!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
MacesMeMe
Offline Offline

Posts: 1160
Joined: 01-Apr-2007

My Bully the DoofyDoo


View Profile
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2007 07:09:37 PM »

Oh that is soo cool! At first I thought it was minature something, til I read the post, lol. We only have one car right now and the walk to town about 6 miles wouldn't be too bad, but the 6 miles completly back UP would be!! Great Idea tho.. Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Check out my kids reupholstered recliner
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314248.0
akriti
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2007 12:15:41 PM »

that is sooooo cool. The stroller and the cover...Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged
econolines r 4 girls
Offline Offline

Posts: 300
Joined: 05-Feb-2007

yuppy girls can't pull this off


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2007 07:58:27 PM »

well now that is just amazing! oh what we crafters can do!!! i must say if i were a small child in that stroller i would be having an absolute blast Smiley lovely work!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

*go vegan*
for YOU, for ANIMALS, for EARTH
Speakaboo
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2007 04:08:32 PM »

Ooh, it's nice to see this actually implemented.  I've been meaning to do this with our double jogger for awhile now.  I just didn't want to waste the time if it wasn't going to work, or if it was going to suffocate the kidlets.  Grin

Rain covers are near impossible to find (or ridiculously expensive) for odd sized strollers.

You did a great job!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
happyfrog
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2007 04:42:58 PM »

Didn't update this thread since I went on my journey.  The stroller cover worked AWESOMELY!!!  Smiley  I plan on adding little straps on the top of the stroller rain cover so I can roll up the sides and front when we're indoors or it's not raining anymore.

the thickness of the vinyl worked well to keep from blowing up and getting the kids wet.  I made it generously so that it was not tight against them but actually kind of on a curve out - hard to explain what I did, but I cut the 2 side panels to make a semi circle once I attached the front panel to it.  Clear as mud, eh?  Smiley

The snaps on top did their job effectively - every once in a while a big gust would kind of go under the rain cover, but because of the snaps, I didn't have to worry about it flying away.

It really wasn't that hard to do - I already had the sun canopy on the stroller, so I just made the pattern to fit on that.  Smiley

Get yourself some clothespins (to use to hold teh fabric on the stroller), a goodly piece or 2 of fabric and create your pattern pieces.  I used the same pattern piece for the sides - only made sure to reverse it, lol, esp since there are wheel cutouts and the back is straight up and down, whereas the front part of the side panel is cut on an angle - shorter at top, wider at bottom to make a nice semi circle like shape on the bottom when it's all assembled.

I sewed the whole thing together using just a teflon foot and 100% polyester thread (that's what was in the machine at that moment, lol).

I also had lots of help from my 22 month old who kept on pulling the vinyl the whole time I was sewing it - also removing the clothespins I had holding the whole thing together (I didn't want pin marks in there compromising the integrity of the rain cover beyond what the sewing machine was going to do).

hth on you making your own.  It really wasn't that hard to do, really.  I laid the vinyl out on the floor because the pattern pieces ended up being quite large and used a pink sharpie to mark the lines for me to cut.  I gave myself a generous seam allowance when actually cutting out the pieces because I knew I'd be overlapping the plastic pieces instead of actually making proper seams - does that make sense?

Now in about 4 years when I'm done with the triple stroller and hopefully the rain cover will still be in decent shape, I will sell that with the stroller on eBay as a bonus accessory.  Smiley

BettyAnn
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.answeredprayers.aboutmybaby.com
mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
Bodewin Cauthon
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2007 11:33:28 AM »

wow thats excellent. Do those stroller seats fit a bike too?  They look just like the ones that fit on bicycles here.
How do you manage getting in and out of shops with such a huge push chair?
THIS ROCKS   Logged
robokaz
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2007 10:31:39 PM »

wow that is amazing
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 2 [All] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?
A Great Game by Stephen J. Harper
Tim Conway: What Are You Reading?
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Art Pen Case
Sock It To Me!
Meatless Monday: Kale and Edamame Salad

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.