Baby shopping cart and restaurant high chair cover.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Somewhat. The "top" is called "front and back" and the "bottom" is called "front and back contrast". That was unwieldy. I would have preferred "top" and "bottom".
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The end result is pleasing. I don't have any dislike other than what they named the main pattern pieces.
I bought cotton from the baby fabric section.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I've made 9 of these covers - 1 twin cover (in the picture) and 8 singletons.
I don't use the small pockets. Instead I make two 3 inch straps that I sewed on each side of the "front and back" (where the cover folds over the front of the cart of high chair) so that toys could be looped through them. I put them on the "front and back" before I baste the batting on.
Step 3: After the three layers are stitched together, be sure to trim as much of the batting from the seam allowance as you can. I also did a staggered trimming of the fabric seam allowances. It makes it much easier to get the elastic through the casing if things are well trimmed. I didn't do such a great trimming job on one of my covers and suffered the consequences while trying to thread the elastic through.
Step 9: When making the bias tape, I did not turn in 1/2 inch. I did only 1/4 inch. It is so much easier if the bias binding is wider. I think it looks nicer too.
I skipped steps 12 - 16 since I don't put on the little pockets.
Step 17. I used the following settings for the satin stitch for the big button holes. Stitch width 6.0, length .45. Your settings may vary because of differences in sewing machines. I practice these on some scrap fabric with the batting in between because a lot is riding on them coming out correctly.
Also, one yard of webbing is not long enough. I use at least 1.5 yards because sometimes you have to be creative about where the strap will go. My daughter has twins (she got a double cover and two singletons) and we learned that a longer strap was desirable in many places. It is nice when the straps attached to the shopping cart or high chair are in decent shape as they can be threaded through the big button holes.
I also put the storage bag on the "front and back" even though the patterns calls for it to be put on the "front and back contrast". The first time it was a mistake but I found that I liked it on the "top".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I would sew it again. All new babies get one of these and a home made nursing cover. It makes a nice gift. I would definitely recommend this to others.
This is a great little pattern. The twin cover is especially cost effective. I actually bought this pattern because the twin covers on line were pretty pricey. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it came out so I continue to make them.