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« on: June 22, 2008 09:31:31 AM »

  I picked up the book "Simply Sewing with a French Twist" from my library last week.  There was a project in there for ADORABLE market caddy, and I was all, "I want one!" I do my shopping on foot, and that would be awesome for pushing around with my foods.
  But the first step was "pick apart and disassemble your old market caddy.  Use the pieces of the bag as a pattern."  Thanks a lot, man.  I can't exactly hop on down to Tesco and buy one new. (I live in Colorado.)
 So, we had this old cheapie stroller.  My daughter is 3, and pretty much too big for it- and I don't like to see bigger kids in these things, anyway.  Rather than goodwill it (thats where the huge stroller had gone) it had been stored in a closet for about 6 months, since the last time we'd used it.  So, I thought, maybe i could recon it into something i'd use.
here it is after being partially disassembled. 

you can see the old seat in the corner, all stained from a toddler spilling drinks on it.
  I rummaged through my stash to find the sturdiest fabric I had- but something I was unlikely to want to use for apparel or home decor.  Heh, thrifted fabric that was pretty much an eyesore, plus old stroller, equals tacky markey caddy!

I used all the webbing from the original stroller, so it was pretty well recycled.  The seams are all french seams, they seem stronger to me, and i know the bag can hold 38 lbs- since my kid got in there and i carried her around in it, before i attached it to the frame.  Plus it retained its folding ability.

so, what do you think?  it still pretty much looks like a stroller, but its easy to push, and i don't have a problem being seen with something that tacky.  (neither does the dh, i mean, he married me.)
thanks for looking!  ~merricat

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 09:36:39 AM »

Great idea!  Great job!  Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008 09:46:25 AM »

neat idea! And I am sure it would be very useful! I will have to keep this in mind when we use up our stroller.
Only thing I might would add, would be to make a three pocketed compartment to strap onto the front to hold keys, wallet/muchies, and a water bottle for those long trips.

Great job transforming it into something else useful!! Cool

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008 09:53:44 AM »

Wow! This is such a good idea! Not only are you recycling, but it folds down way smaller then my actual market cart. I'm always trying to shove my big ol cart into the trunk when we go to the farmers market each week. That must solve that problem!
Great idea and excicusion!

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008 10:09:56 AM »

Oh wow, that's fantastic. Now I wish I hadn't sent our old one to Goodwill!

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008 10:42:17 AM »

Brilliant! I even like the fabric. It looks very farmer's market-y. Great recycling!


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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008 10:50:00 AM »

Great idea and great job ! The fabrc is not so ugly and much more better than commercial caddies' regular fabric !

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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2008 05:31:16 PM »

I don't think it looks tacky really...maybe the fabric is kind of bright but not in a tacky way. I wonder if you have used it....38 pounds worth of groceries isn't a lot. I hope it holds a lot more.

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