Today we'll learn how to make a DIY Stroller Cover. Stroller covers can be expensive! So… I decided to make my own. I love the little window that can be open or shut and that it works on my jogging stroller and my regular stroller. Enjoy the Ultimate Jogging Stroller Cover Tutorial!
DIY Stroller Cover | For Regular and Jogging Strollers
Now we can enjoy a nice jog or stroll even though the weather is getting colder. I even used it in a downpour on the way to church and little miss stayed completely dry! The cover was a bit soggy on the outside, but the lining and the baby stayed dry:)
Stroller Cover Materials:
- 1 1/4 yd main fabric (please measure your stroller! You don’t want to come up short)
- 1 1/4 yd lining fabric
- Piece of plastic (I used some leftover product packaging. The bags sheets come in work great!)
- 4 buttons/stroller
- Small hair tie
Extra Materials for Jogging Stroller Cover:
For Jogging Stroller Cover you also need:
- Hot glue gun
- Elastic- about 6″
DIY Stroller Cover Sewing Instructions
Step 1: Strollers are all shaped a bit different, so there’s no pattern for this project, but it’s pretty easy. Drape your fabric over your stroller (if you want this to work on a jogging stroller and your regular stroller make all the measurements for the jogger) and pin until you get the shape you want.
I tucked under quite a bit of fabric at the top to make a curved edge and then it tapers down to the bottom. The overall shape looks kind of like a coffin. I only used 1 yd of fabric and I wish I had gotten a bit more. The bottom of my cover is straight, but I would recommend making a rounded edge along the bottom to get better coverage on the jogging stroller footrest.
Step 2: Fold your pinned fabric in half and use it as a pattern piece to cut your lining. Now unpin the main piece of fabric and use the lining piece as the pattern to cut your main fabric. You will need some fabric leftover to make the window cover, so don’t cut right out of the middle of your fabric!
Step 3: Fold your fabric in half and cut out a window. It needs to be about 1″ smaller on all sides than your plastic piece.
Step 4: Fold back the raw edges from the window and stitch down. Do this on your main piece and the liner.
Step 5: With fabric RST together stitch all the way around the outer edge. Turn it right side out through the window. It should now look like this:
Step 6: Slide the window in between your main piece and the liner, so you have a nice sandwich. Top stitch it down with a zig-zag stitch.
Step 7: I made a window flap for mine to make naps in the stroller a little bit easier for little miss. Cut a piece from your main fabric and your liner that is about 1-2″ bigger than the window. Place RST together and stitch almost all the way around. Turn right side out through the opening you left. Tuck the edges in and top stitch shut. Get your flap in place over the window and then top stitch it onto the cover.
Step 8: Underneath the flap tack down a small hair elastic and then sew a button on to complete the closure (see previous picture for button placement)
Step 9: Sew buttons onto the stroller canopy and add buttonholes to the top of your cover. I did 4 and it works great.
Step 10: If you are making this for a standard stroller I recommend adding ribbon ties along each side and at the bottom. Otherwise your baby will try to tear the cover off. For the jogging stroller you will need to secure it in a few places where there’s nothing to tie a ribbon to, so add some velcro instead.
Step 11: Hot glue velcro onto the jogging stroller. This is the best way to attach the cover to the wheel well/foot rest area. I added some to the legs too, but ribbon would work fine there.
Step 12: I learned the hard way that velcro isn’t quite enough to hold the cover to the very front. So… I added a piece of elastic that slips into the wheel well. It should be long enough to stay down, but it isn’t rubbing against the wheel. I like having the velcro there too for extra hold.
Finished! Don’t you love it? And it makes a nice little fort for your baby.
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