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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:

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.

« 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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