Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pimp My Ride (runabout)

I am so excited that we have finished decking out the runabout. I really hated that the seats were so hard, and they didn't have any cushion for their heads if they went to sleep, or any cushion really at all for that matter. So when we got our runabout (I bought a used one), I really wanted to make seat covers for it. Can I just tell you this is no easy task. So I had to call in reinforcement. Aunt Debbie & Nana, some of the sewers in the family came over one weekend and we built the pattern from scratch to make the seat covers. After 3 attempts and quite a few mess ups, we were successful. Well almost succesful, I had a couple more phone calls to some sewing girls to figure out how to make buttons holes for the straps to fit through, finally we were ready for take off on the first official seat cover. I am very proud to say that I actually cut out and sewed the 5 final seat covers. Now, it wouldn't be fair if I leave out the part where the bobbin messed up and I had to call Nana over at 10:30 PM to come help me. But after an hour of undoing the mess the bobbin left for me, I was back to sewing. Oh wait, I almost forget the part where Nana had to refill the bobbin, and then Aunt Debbie had to guide me through it the next morning to refill it AGAIN, you would think bobbin could hold more thread. But make no mistake I got these babies finished. Yes, I made 5 because I was just sure we could use an extra one. We made them super comfy, and easy to get on and off. I love the fact that all we have to do is through them into the wash, when they get dirty. At one point while I was making them, Jeremy called from work to see how things were going. He then says to me, "Babe why does that machine sounds like it is sewing so slow"? My Reply "Ah, HELLO that would be ME sewing that slow so I don't mess up"! His reply, "I knew you were a great seamstress, and these seat covers are going to be perfect! That's my man, always knows what to say, just at the right time. So here are a few pics of the seat covers, now if only I could put the babies in them, and take them for a walk, but not until this crazy weather gets warmer. Hope it will be soon.

8 comments:

Hilary said...

very cute!! :)

HeatherP0527 said...

I can't wait until you get the babies out in the new caddie!! I think the first place you should take them is to one of Gavin's baseball games this weekend :)

The Carlsons said...

i'm SO jealous!! you guys did a great job updating the beast. yeah, i'm not too fond of the original hard blue. blech! :P

thanks for sharing!
-fellow quad mom of GGGG and a 4.75yo boy

Aubri said...

Wow! You're amazing! The original seats weren't nearly as cute as yours... now that you know how, you should totally start an online business and sell them!

Betweendiapers said...

I found your blog while searching for runabout seat cover patterns. I have triplets and just purchased a used RA that I would like to update with new seat covers. I found someone who will make 3 for $90. Considering what it took to make yours...is that a good deal? I sew but much like you, I'd be slow at it. Your family is beautiful.

kalgray111 said...

Hi there! I also just bough a used RA and I attempted to make new covers from scratch...ATTEMPTED. I got so frusterated I threw the fabric away lol. Would you be willing to share your pattern or sell it?

Josh and Kara said...

i know this is a year old post...and not sure you will get this comment or not, but i have been searching everywhere for seat covers for my runabout! i'm the same way you were....the seats are so hard, and can't be very comfortable! I don't necessarily want to make my own, but i haven't found a better option! Do you still have the pattern you used? I would love to borrow/purchase a copy of it from you if possible! Thanks so much!

Nicole said...

I would love the pattern too! I just got my Triplet RA and it needs covers!!