Last week, I got an unexpected package in the mail from my mom. I have had a sinus infection ever since Bean got home from the hospital and my mom sent me a box of things to make me feel better. My favorite kind of cough drops (Luden’s…yumm….), some Kleenex, a magazine, and a sweet card telling me that I was still her baby. I felt all warm and fuzzy and instantly better.
Underneath all those get-well goodies was something she had made for Bean. My mom got all the crafty genes in our family. All of them. She can sew, crochet, paint, she teaches ceramics, she can write in perfect calligraphy, and she’s a mean puff-painter. In her spare time, she had sewn this nifty shopping cart cover for Bean. It’s hard to tell in the picture because there’s so much fabric, but these are the leg holes and the part that would sit in front of the baby.
I love the Thomas the Tank Engine print, especially! How cute is that?
And the inside is lined in a complimentary Thomas the Tank Engine print, too.
The thing I like about this is how big it is. Its a standard size to fit pretty much any shopping cart, but specifically to fit TARGET shopping carts. Does my mom know me, or what? She also put a few personal touches on it for us. She sewed in a few pockets so that I could throw my cell phone or wallet or keys in them while I shop.
She also sewed in a few loops to hook rings to so that I can hook Bean’s toys to the cover and not worry about him flinging them around wherever we happen to be shopping. This is really important because Bean is a professional grade flinger. He can fling with the best of ’em.
Bean and I tried it out for the first time this weekend while Chris was traveling. I had to go to the grocery store and so Bean Man was going with me. It was the first time I’d ever taken him to the grocery store before. I mean, I’ve run in a couple times with him, but I’ve never taken him on my big, weekly grocery trip. And I was a little nervous. What if he had a meltdown? Would I leave my cart in the middle of the store and sneak out with him? Would I just push on and be THAT WOMAN with the crying baby? More than likely, I’d end up carrying him around on my hip while I shopped.
But I put the seat cover in the grocery cart and loaded him in and he immediately picked up some of the toys that were attached to the loops. He played the whole time and didn’t make a peep! He was SO good, in fact, that I later took him out that same afternoon to Target for another adventure. It was awesome! And I’m convinced that it was his comfy, cozy little seat cover that made him to relaxed and happy.
If you happen to be blessed with The Crafty Gene, I say bust out your sewing machine and whip up one of these seat covers. They retail for around $30 in stores and online, but you can make one for about $15, and you can add your own custom details! Here is the link to the pattern my mom found online: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/cart_cover.html.
Happy crafting! Or, if you’re like me, Happy Finding Someone ELSE to be Crafty For You!