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« on: June 25, 2010 08:26:39 PM »

My best friend is pregnant, and us being only 17, she probably won't get much for her baby. Luckily for her, me and my dad are big on being thrifty. We found a bunch of baby stuff and 3 car seats for the different stages. Anyway, we got her this one for her to take the baby home in, and we also got a stroller to go with it. Unfortunately, they were totally different colors. I have yet to do the stroller, and maybe I'll post that when I finish it. Smiley Anywho, on to the actual reason for this post.
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This was such a pain to finish. The edging took about 2038947287352 tries to actually get done. I'm really proud of it though.

Edit/Add: I'm glad all of you like it. Unfortunately I may have to ask for it back. Would that be considered rude? I mean, she put a set on her gift registry. So she really won't need it, and I could definitely use the money that I could get from selling it.
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2010 08:34:11 PM »

love the fabric you chose
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2010 09:04:20 PM »

Unfortunately it's not easy being a teen mom due to the fact that not too many people are happy for you Sad Your friend is very lucky to have you Smiley You did an awesome job on this and good luck with the stroller! I have 3 kids and have yet to try a carseat cover!
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2010 09:11:51 PM »

cheers to you and your dad!.............you guys did a great job!.........and Im sure your friend will love it..... very thoughtful of you!
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2010 10:58:03 PM »

What an awesome job. Having a crafty friend has been a plus for your friend!  Cool  Great job.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2010 11:46:00 PM »

Awesome...I love the fabrics, I bet your friend will make a lot of other new mums very jealous!
if you have a bit of material left, could you make some soft strap covers? I found that when my kiddies were tiny their cheeks were always in contact with the straps so it was more comfortable with covers (plus, they dribble Wink)
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2010 12:34:12 AM »

way cute! she's lucky to have a best friend like you.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2010 12:40:43 AM »

It looks great, wonderful fabric choices! You are a very sweet friend!
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2010 05:01:08 AM »

adorable!  i love your creativity and i like how well made those are - snug fitting and just plain adorable.

pls check the dates on your car seats.  they expire after 5-6 years (at least most seats do - some brands are longer life - check with manufacturer) - the plastic may appear fine but it can become brittle.  and accidents happen. . . so it's good to have a 'safe' car seat.  graco seats expire in december of the 6th year. . .

if the seats are expired, contact the local health dept in your area and ask about the car seat program - they should be able to direct you to a location for a new car seat free of charge as the child grows.

i am a big car seat advocate so felt i should say something in case you didn't know about car seats expiration dates. . .

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2010 06:01:39 AM »

That looks awesome! I've been wanting to recover mine, but have been too intimated! I'm so impressed w/the shade cover- I can't figure that out!! Yours looks perfect!
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2010 01:18:28 PM »

What a wonderful job you did.  You are truly a good friend.
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2010 09:44:05 PM »

PLEASE go get a carseat from you local health dept or go to www.seatcheck.org and put in your ZIP code to find a place you can get a seat for free thats new and safe. 

Thrifed/used carseats are usually not safe to use unless they pass this checklist:
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/usedseat.aspx

It looks really cute and obviously you put a lot of work into it, but its NOT SAFE at all to use, both because its a used seat, and because aftermarket covers are a big no-no
(not flame retardant, different levels of padding, can interfere with the strap positioning/tightening, not allowed by the carseat manufacturer, voids carseat warrantys, your insurance company wont cover the baby in a crash, and most importantly: its not crash tested)

please pm me if you have any questions, I'd be happy to help with whatever I can, Im a carseat tech!
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2010 06:15:40 AM »

you did an awesome job! it looks like it fits very nicely, which is a bit tricky with carseats.my mom helped me make one when our baby was born. we used nursery material so it was still flame retardant and a pattern from simplicity. it came in handy when our little one had a very messy diaper while traveling because all we had to do was take the cover off and put her back in the mess-free seat. you are a great friend to make those things for her. Not everyone can afford new stuff and most baby things are way too expensive imo. Never heard of free carseats being available or insurance not covering a recovered seat. I can understand if it altered the way the straps fit but I would think that would be a common sense thing, ours was a very thin cover so there wasn't a thickness change.  I know we couldn't afford a new car seat so we used the one our friends little one had outgrown. If your friend does manage to get a free one, hopefully your covers can fit the new one. I really like how you did the sun shade. I never figured out how to do the one on ours. you should be proud of what you did!
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2010 09:40:57 AM »

Well I took it all apart and just put the new fabric over the old one. And it's also nursery fabric. I even made the holes for the straps right over the ones that were there before. The reason why it took so long is because I took everything apart and used the pieces for a pattern. It was crazy stressful sewing the fabric right onto the padded seat part. There were small holes in the back thin cover thing and my foot kept getting stuck in them so I kept having to go back and take it out. I'm just glad it's done.
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2010 09:28:30 PM »

You did an awesome job.  I am sure that you put a lot of thought into it and researched and made sure the carseat hadn't been in an accident, etc, so I am not going to harp on that.  You are incredibly talented and I wish I had just an ounce of your talent. Smiley   
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