I love the Carter’s high chair we got for Raya, but I swear, the seat cover is the dumbest design *ever*. It always slouches down, no matter what I attempt to keep it up. I’ve said more than once, the velcro straps should go over the top. Seriously, did they not test this on a wiggly baby? Before I put her in, the cover is higher than the seat back. After a few minutes, this is what starts to happen:
So my husband says, well, can’t you make a new one? (This is the man who thinks I can make anything, by the way.)
Well… yes. I suppose I can just fix it! Duh.
I didn’t take step-by-step pictures because unless you happen to have this exact high chair, I doubt it would be helpful at all. But all I did was trace the pieces of the existing chair, which were extremely simple, and add a seam allowance. Instant pattern.
I have had this Winnie-the Pooh fabric for *ages*. I stumbled across it once on clearance and bought the couple yards they had left. I had always thought I’d make it into a baby blanket (and I still might, as there’s plenty left for that) but I really favor bright colors for blankets. So this gets passed over every time. But when I was looking for something kitchen-neutral while being kid-friendly, it was suddenly just the right choice!
So I stitched up the inner side and the outer side, laid them right-sides-together, and stitched the up. Turned and added foam padding. And I did my over-the top straps, and just secured them with velcro to the back of the seat. Tadaa.
I think my only “mistake” was using foam for the padding. I don’t know why I always think foam is the solution. I HATE working with that stuff. Has anyone else found any tricks to making it work? So because I fought with the foam, the project took a full hour. 30 minutes of that was swear-laden. Good thing the little mama was down for her nap.
I think next time, I will use high-loft quilt batting and stitch it right in as I work. It’s more forgiving when you’re stitching with it, and I suspect it will wash up better, too. Because, clearly, this will get dirty from time to time.
So what do you think? Have you fixed the design flaws in anything recently?
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