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« on: April 02, 2008 03:25:06 AM »

Ok so this project was thought of long before the challenge but like the procrastinator I am, it was left on the back-burner until I got the incentive to finish it (today  Embarrassed). Previously, I used to throw an old vinyl tablecloth over the pram if it started raining; but that left me wet and my bub couldn't see anything and got upset.

So I figured 'if the tablecloth works why not make a fitted cover with a window?' and 'hey, why not make myself something too??'

So, I picked up some tablecloths - cheap $2.00 flannel-backed vinyl ones - in purple and black (I originally wanted red but figured it would look a little funny if Little Red Riding Hood was pushing a pram down the street) and used the clear plastic cover from a recently-purchased quilt.

(the white one will be put for further tableclothy-goodness later on - a shame really cause that one is much thicker and better quality than the purple and black)

Pram cover:

With window so I can see through the existing sunroof:

Note, it has the wire from the quilt packaging bent in an arch and attached inside between the window and the top purple part, this keeps the sides flared so there is plenty of ventilation and air flow.


And for me:


Just big enough to push the pram and stay dry:


Lined inside with random gray cotton (from stash) for durability and weight:

Closer to the natural purple (somehow my camera refuses to photograph blue and purple correctly):


I used an old hood from my husband's top for the hood pattern and winged the rest. The pram cover was drafted right onto the pram. All major seams on the cover are reinforced and it attaches with velcro over the handle bar, two small elastic loops low on either side and tucks under the foot with an elasticised bottom.

Total cost - $4.00. I don't expect them to last years but they are really quite sturdy. If they work well I might re-make them with that fantastic gunmetal gray skull print vinyl I saw at Spotlight.... Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008 03:43:46 AM »

Wow! 

Thats pretty kewl.  I should make something like that for when i go biking.

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Does bubba like being able to see now?
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008 03:46:04 AM »

That is sooooo awesome!

It's a very great idea. Looking at it....can't believe it's only a couple of tablecloths!

If mine were young enough....I'd so be getting in on this action!
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008 03:54:43 AM »

so inventive!
looks like it could last some time!!
and matching is v.cute. the hood came out well.
i expect to see more.lol.x
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2008 04:18:47 AM »

Thats awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008 04:25:52 AM »

Wow, thanks for all the quick replies!  Cheesy

And yes, Xavier loves to be able to see. If he can't see the action he gets cranky for sure!
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008 08:30:26 AM »

im so staling this idea for when my baby is brn, it rains a lot here  Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008 10:30:51 AM »

What a great idea! And that it fit with this challenge is even better!
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008 10:38:39 AM »

How cool! I was just thinking I need to make a pair of cool rain hoodies for the blue man show this month. Were up close and I so don't like normal ones!
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008 12:17:57 PM »

AWESOME!!! I really like this! My next project for sure.
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008 02:11:32 PM »

*Very* cool. Quite inspired and you did a great job! Isn't there a saying: precipitation on mother is the necessity of an invention?  Cheesy

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2008 02:21:21 PM »

There are so many CRAZY entries. I'm happy to see something useful and cool at the same time. Something that won't be thrown away after the challenge. You've got my vote!
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2008 02:35:14 PM »

I wish I had this when my kiddo was young!  Brilliant idea, great job!
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2008 04:28:37 PM »

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Thanks for the lovely replies! It really was ridiculously easy to make - I drafted it right on the pram with left over bits from the cape. I do so love a model that stands still while drafting and doesn't need to breathe. And the vinyl was really easy to sew, I was surprised.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2008 04:55:35 PM »

Oh what a fabulous idea, I need to make one of these for my double stroller!!
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2008 05:03:47 PM »

I'm super impressed, this is awesome. Not only is it practical (and like someone said useful even after this challenge is over) but it's incredibly professional looking (as if it were store bought like so). Yay for happy dry babies and mommies!
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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2008 07:53:51 PM »

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Love, love, love this I think this is one of the most useful and creative answers to this challenge. Kudos to you!
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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2008 08:06:14 PM »

Cool  Cool

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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2008 05:39:03 AM »

Amazing!  Good for you.
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2008 07:24:01 AM »

Thanks guys!

I love to enter challenges but I really have no space for random stuff, so the extra challenge is to make useful stuff that still fits the bill.

Also, finding a store-bought cover that still allows for infant breathing seems a little hard for some reason  Undecided. I mean really, you just need to keep a light rain off, not batton down the hatches for a raging storm. But still they seem so closely fitting that it must get awful hot during a summer shower.

And I have serious issues with raincoats since my mum stuck me in one of those horridly tight bright yellow raincoats as a kid. I hate to feel restricted and I always get hot and horrid when tightly wrapped in vinyl... funny that  Tongue. So this is my nod to sticking out the tongue at breathless vinyl.
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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2008 09:41:03 AM »

This is definitely the best entry I have seen for this challenge. Wow!! It's already been said but this is so economical yet professional looking!! Great job!  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2008 11:59:17 AM »

This is great! not only useful but i cant believe you spent just $4! It looks really well made too! well done Smiley

I'm totally behind you doing the skull print version, i love to see it  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2008 12:01:00 PM »

Absolutely genius!!
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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2008 06:57:38 AM »

What a great way to stay dry, and with pretty colors too!
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« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2008 02:25:22 PM »

Well, after this project, I can't use the rain as a reason to not go walking with my son!!! Darn you...LOL.  I really, really need to make one of these.  So cute and functional.

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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2008 04:21:13 PM »

This is brilliant!  Those covers are so expensive--and yours isn't a bit!  And looks great! 
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« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2008 05:35:05 PM »

We went out for our first rainy-weather walk yesterday and it held up great! Once Xavier got over the novelty of trying to grab the clear plastic we were in business! And he did not complain once about being covered up, he must like the window.

(Looked pretty cosy warm in there too, better than the chilly wind I copped  Tongue)
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« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2008 07:57:22 PM »

 Shocked This is great! It looks like you just bought it out of a store! I third the skulls option Grin. I agree with you saying that manufacturers don't allow for enough air flow, and they always break. It's going to be hard to vote!
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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2008 08:15:08 PM »

That this is as functional as it is and a result of this challenge is the greatest!  I love the raincoat!
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« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2008 07:36:09 PM »

Ah...really cool!  Glad there's enough ventilation...that was my one concern upon viewing it.  Great job!

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« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2008 10:07:21 PM »

Oh yes, plenty of air goes through. The sides stick out without being awkward and the rear panel on the pram is attached by velcro on the sides and I usually have that loose too.
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This is amazing! I am going to post about it on Dollar Store Crafts.
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« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2009 10:23:01 PM »

Aww thanks yardenxanthe Tongue
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I just made one of these the day before yesterday. I will post pictures soon
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