Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tutorial: Little Tikes Swing Cushion
As was the case with our beloved Antilop highchair, I've been thinking our little guy is bothered by the hard plastic of his Little Tikes swing. Because the plastic is slippery, he slides down a little and looks miserable after a short while. And then the fun was gone (kid's book reference, anyone??). So, I've come up with a pattern and tutorial for a cushion! Yay!
Little Tikes Swing Cushion
about 1/2 yard of cotton fabric (depending on direction of your pattern/ grain)
1/2 yard quilt batting or thin foam padding
6" of hook and loop tape
sewing machine, pins, scissors and coordinating thread
Cushion Pattern (be sure to turn scaling OFF when you print this pdf)
Match up the diamonds to assemble the paper pattern pieces. Cut out your fabric (making sure to cut on the fold) as directed on the pattern pieces.
With the "front" pieces (without markings for buttonholes/ straps), lay the fabric wrong side down on the batting. Iron to smooth out and then pin all the way around. Zig-zag or serge the edge. This keeps the batting and fabric together for subsequent steps.
Then, with right sides together, and starting at the seam, pin the front and back together. Be sure to mark about a 4" opening (I remind myself to do this with double pins) since you will have to turn the cushion inside-out.
Try it onto your swing! The shoulder straps should go through your buttonholes and the fabric straps should go through the square holes at the bottom of the seat. Enjoy!