I am going to show you how you can make your own custom sized pushchair bag, cozytoe, footmuff, bunting bag, or whatever you prefer to call them. I'll call it "the bag" from now on. Please read through the whole tutorial before you start, and do let me know if you have any questions as I might have forgotten to explain some steps...
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First you need to take your pushchair / stroller / buggy and measure a few things.
Measure the seat width (above, left)1. Width at top of seat back
2. Width at junction of seat back and seat
3. Width at the furthest end of the seat
Measure seat heights (above, middle)
4. Height of seat back
5. Depth of the seat (including any fold-up sections)
Measure any required overhang (above, middle)
6. The length from end of seat to just above the wheels (only needed if your child is tall and the feet stick out beyond the seat)
Measure back of seat (above, right)
7. The distance from the top of the seat to the first “obstacle” on the back.
This measurement will be used to determine the size of the fabric at the top of the back (fabric piece C). This fabric is used to keep the bag in place and stop it from sliding down.
Measure a boot
8. The size of the child’s boots or shoes; this is not as insane as it may seem….
Measure your child
9. The distance from the floor to under arms when the child is sitting on the floor
With all the measurements done, it's time to look at what pieces we need and what sizes they need to be.
When cutting out the pieces, I added 1 cm all around for seam allowance.
Make a note of your required sizes for each of the pattern pieces. Please note that you may decide not to include the bottom piece (B), and that depending on your buggy, you may need to invent another way of hanging the bag onto the buggy.
If you like to keep the cost of fabric down, here are a few suggestions:
The outside of the front piece (with the elephant, above right), and the inside of the back piece (blue bubbles, above right) are the most visible pieces; followed by the outside of the bottom rectangular piece under the sack.
The back of the back piece and piece C are against the seat / hidden under the sun roof, so never really visible (tiny ducks and stripes, above middle).
The inside of the front piece and the bottom are only visible when opening the bag (blue bubbles, above left).
Time to cut your fabric!
I decided to make all of the inside in the blue bubbles fabric. Above it is laid out on top of the warm layer ready to be cut. Do keep these two materials pinned together as they’ll be stitched as one!
3 pieces each of A, B and D: 2 x fabric, and 1 x warm layer1 piece of C: 1 x fabric
Please make sure you add your seam allowance! I usually add 1 cm all around.
Step 1: Take pieces A and D in inner fabric and the warm layer. Pin them right sides together, and then stitch the seam as shown in the picture above. Then, pin and sew the two opposite sides of A and D together 10 cm / 4’’ at the bottom (circled in the picture above). The zip is going in above this seam, so you may need to adjust the length depending on the size of your zip.
Now it’s time to attach the bottom piece (if you are adding this).
Step 2: Take piece B and attach one of the longest sides to the bottom of A, matching the seam between A and D with one corner of B. The other three sides are stitched to D.
If you are not adding piece B, then create some folds evenly placed on piece D to get the size down to that of piece A. Stitch together.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with your outer fabric.
You should now have two sack-like pieces.
Turn the sacks the right way out, and make a zigzag stitch in the junction of A and D to hold the pieces together and to provide some extra strength (please see image below).
Not much left now!
Attach the zip
Attach the zip between the layers on the right hand side. (Sorry, but I have no detailed explanations for this step, as I didn’t remember taking any photos, but I would suggest that you zigzag the warm layer to the inner fabric before attaching the zip to make sure the layers don't shift.)
Test the fit
Hang the bag on the seatback and check the fit. Depending on your preference you may want to add two stitches at the top of the bag to make the fit over the top of the seat back really really snug. Please see image below for where I added mine.
-Make holes for straps
Time to identify where the holes for the straps go!
I find this easiest with the bag in place, then marking with pins where the straps are in the buggy. I also double-check distances by measuring the seat back and comparing with the pinned locations on the bag.
There will be some tension on the holes, but so far, I have found it sufficient to make normal button holes for the straps. Some people prefer to reinforce the holes with bias tape or thick thread, you may wish to do this too if you have a really wriggly child.
Make the buttonholes, taking care to keep all layers stretched!
Attach to your pushchair / stroller, load child and head outside!
Congratulations, you are done!
The small print
If you are making one of these, or blogging about this, please let me know by leaving a comment providing a link to your blog entry.
If you have any suggestions for improvements to the tutorial, please let me know!
As shop-bought cosytoes, bunting bags, footmuffs are ridiculously expensive, please feel free to use this tutorial for both personal and commercial use, as long as you credit / link back to me.