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Ready to Roll: A Toy Stroller Makeover

In the Craft Roomcarla macklinComment
Stroller pic
Stroller pic

I was recently strong-armed into a sugary-sweet craft project for my daughters, much to my dismay.  My time would have been much better directed to our Fall '12 patterns that are in process, but those two darling little girls know how to channel my sewing abilities into kiddy kraft.

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We started with two worn and tattered baby doll strollers.  The picture does not do justice to their poor condition. The seats were in tatters, allowing Santa Baby* to tumble to the sidewalk amidst shrieks of horror.  Plus, the puppy dog print (left) always left me nautious. 

layout
layout

After ripping apart the pieces of the original strollers, I laid them out atop another super girly quilters cotton that I found at a local quilting store.  The patterns for the strollers were so basic they took no time at all.  After getting the seats sewn together, I finished all raw edges with strips of bias trim cut from the same piece and attached some quarter-inch elastic to loop around the handles.  

The result:

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[Don't look too closely at the stroller at the right.  I forgot to re-attach the original seatbelt.]

Once the strollers were complete, the usually-nude Santa Baby required a matching dress.

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photo (111)

I took rough measurements of Santa baby and quickly concocted a simple dress.  The bodice is lined to make a clean finish around the neckline and I hand-tacked a zipper in the back since my daughter strongly believes that Santa Baby should always remove her dress for sleeping.

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The bottom hem was finished with leftover bias trim. (Full disclaimer: I have not read any of those books in the background of the shot).

Baby in stroller
Baby in stroller

All set for a spring stroll around the neighborhood.

Happy sewing!

~Carla*Santa Baby:  so named by my then 2-yr-old when the doll was found under the Christmas tree.