Sunday, September 9, 2012

Christmas 2012: Stroller makeover!

I'm making a concerted effort to be more organized with our Christmas plans this year. At the top of this list has been getting a head start on Christmas presents. I've found thus far that if you start early you can get the things you want at the best price (and sometimes super cheap!) allowing you to either get more than you planned for the ones you love or put that money towards something else altogether (student loans, anyone?)

One of the things on my Christmas list for my boys was a doll stroller.
(Yes we are the kind of parents that buy doll strollers for their all boy brood).

We picked up this little beauty at a garage sale for 50 cents (saweet!). 

One of the straps was only attached by a thread which was going to be an easy enough fix so I went ahead and... 

recovered the whole thing and spray painted it to match the new cover.

Gotcha! You thought I was going to say I fixed the strap and called it good. Yeah, well I thought that was what I was going to do as well, but then the wheels started turning...

I decided I wanted something slightly more masculine than purple and pink and ballet shoes BUT I didn't want to spend a dime more than the whopping 50 cents I'd already shelled out so whatever I did needed to be using stuff I already had on hand.

And here's how it turned out:

Cute, huh? I used some fabric I had on hand to make the cover. I just used the old cover as a pattern, paying close attention, as I dismantled it, to how it was put together. I even made my own bias tape to go around the edges.

 (Note: no matter what all those bias tape tutorials tell you [i.e. how it's so easy to make!] just know that making bias tape is not for the faint of heart or the impatient or sleep deprived. I'm glad I did, but boy howdy does it exercise those brain cells.)

Ideally, I would have spray painted the frame white with blue wheels and handles. However, I didn't have any white paint on hand and the goal was not to spend another penny on this project.

All in all I think it turned out pretty awesome!

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  1. Very awesome! And boys can totally play with dolls. I have a little brother who is 10 now who is super sensitive in a good way and loves playing with dolls and art supplies and a lot of other things that are "uncool" at that age but he knows what he likes and he can't wait to be a he basically rocks. :)

  2. What a great job, I would have passed over this stroller.

  3. Love this! I think it looks really good spray painted silver...makes it looks super sleek.

  4. Love it! I have a 14 month old son. He fell in love with a pink and purple tea set (it has songs, manners, etc) at Kohl's. Apparently boys don't drink tea, because it didn't come in boy colors. Oh well! We bought it anyway. He loves it and knows how to pour and pretend drink from the cups, complete with sound effects. :-)

  5. This is wonderful! I saw this on better after and knew I just had to check out your blog! what a creative idea


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