I love these shopping cart covers…..and they also double as high chair covers! I never left home without mine when Boo was still riding in the front section of the cart. I just made one for my niece. You can download my free PDF pattern below…..it prints out onto twelve 8.5″ x 11 pages and you just have to tape them together at the guide points. It’s a large file so you’ll have to unzip it once downloaded.
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The cover requires a LOT of fabric (see fabric requirements in pattern) but it will fit any size shopping cart….including Costco and Sam’s Club! I call it my shopping cart “shower cap”…..because that it kind of how it fits. It makes the shopping cart soft and comfy and covers all the germs!
The straps fit right through the back:
The pattern has an optional pocket to hold toys and juice cups (or Cheerios like I used to fill it with). There are also optional straps to attach toys to:
Large comfy leg openings:
Once you print off the PDF pattern here’s how you make it:
Step 1: If you are using 60″ wide fabric you can skip to step 8. If you are using 42″ fabric you’ll have to patch together some pieces on the side (I don’t do a middle seam because it’s not as comfortable).
Step 2 and 3: The fabric in the photo is folded twice so that the pattern “fold” marks will line up with two folds.
Step 4: I notch with my scissors where I need to patch fabric onto the side. The two additional pieces I ended up having to cut for the patching were 17″ x 8″.
Step 5: I patched the side pieces on.
Step 6: Now I can cut my pattern from one large piece of patchworked fabric.
Step 7 and 8: You’ll need to cut 2 large circles for the cover. I cut one piece from 42″ fabric and the other was from 60″ fabric which didn’t need any patching.
Step 9: Lay both circle pieces on top of each other right sides together. If you want to add cotton batting (to make a more padded cover) you’ll add it at this step. Cut an identical circle of batting a lay it as a third layer on top of the other two layers.
Step 10: Sew all the way around the circles with a 1″ seam and leave a gap of a few inches so that it can be turned right side out. Trim around the circle so your seams are down to 1/2″.
Step 11: Turn the cover right side out and iron all the seams flat.
Step 12: With a very long stitch (my machine was on the longest stitch possible) topstitch all the way around the cover 1″ from the edge.
Step 13 and 14: Fold the cover in half and line up the pattern again with what you would like to be the front of the cover. You’ll cut out the circle on your pattern for the leg openings.
Step 15: Mark and cut out the leg opening….you should be cutting through all 4 layers of fabric.
Step 16: Unfold the cover so it’s flat and take your bias tape and start pinning it around each leg openings:
Step 17: The bias tape should be pinned all the way around both leg openings to cover the raw edges.
Step 18: Carefully use a zigzag stitch to sew the bias tape to the cover.
Step 19 and 20: Fold the cover in half again and flip it around so you can line up the pattern with the back of the cover. Cut out the “I” line on the pattern and mark the line through the pattern with a marker. You’ll want to mark it on the opposite side of the cover as well.
Step 21: Use a zig zag stitch to sew around the line almost like a button hole.
Step 22: Use a razor blade to carefully cut the line open without cutting any of your zig zag stitches.
Step 23: Here’s what the strap hole looks like on the other side of the cover.
Step 24: For the optional pocket, cut out two pieces of fabric on the fold using the pocket template.
Step 25: Place the pocket pieces right sides together and starting at the bottom of the pocket sew all the way around as shown in the photo leaving a small opening at the bottom.
Step 26: Turn the pocket right side out.
Step 27: Topstitch along the top of the pocket with a 1″ seam.
Step 28: Open up the seam at the side/top of the pocket to insert a 6″ piece of elastic through.
Step 29: Attach the elastic on either side of the casing at the top of the pocket by sewing the openings closed again. The elastic is smaller than the pocket so you’ll have to be careful not to lose your elastic at either end.
Step 30: For the accessory straps cut 2 pieces (not on the fold) using the template.
Step 31 and 32: Fold the accessory straps in half, open back up and then fold the edges in again and fold shut. Sew along the edge to close the folded edges of each strap.
Step 33: Pin the pocket in place (about a 1/2″ above the leg openings) and fold and pin the accessory straps underneath the top edges of the pocket.
Step 34: Sew along the side, bottom and side of the pocket to attach it to the cover.
Step 35: Cut 2 pieces of 48″ elastic.
Step 36: Attach a safety pin to the one end of both pieces of elastic and thread it through the edge opening of the cover:
Step 37: Once the elastic is threaded all the way around, tie the ends together and sew the opening shut.
Step 38: A finished cover!
So many beautiful fabric options you could choose!
We get asked about our cover wherever we go!
Feel free to make as many covers for yourself and for gifts. Enjoy!
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This is an oldie but a goodie…..updated with new projects for baby gifts and baby gear! I love giving handmade gifts for baby showers and I made almost all of Boo’s gear and clothing when she was a baby…..that’s how Lil Blue Boo started!