Now that my girlie is big (and balanced) enough to glide through the supermarket in a cart I decided that a germ covering barrier was needed.
The criteria: it had to fit most carts, be compact enough to stuff into my handbag & easy to make in under an hour – unfortunately nap time is short in our house.
A search with Mr. Internet turned up a gorgeous (yet somewhat complicated) pattern & tut’ from lil blue boo and an insanely easy no-sew (yet too huge for a handbag) version from Rookie Moms. During a head-clearing hot shower (where most of my brainstorms occur) I decided to take the best bits from each idea & combine ’em into an easy-to-create-in-under-an-hour-small-enough-to-fit-into-a-handbag cover:
It might not be my prettiest creation but it gets the job done! Here’s how to make one for your own lil’ munchkin:
Sift through your stash and find a couple large pieces of cotton & fleece (I used the remains of 2 oversized scarves) + some elastic.
Cut each piece to approx. 80cm x 80cm.
Stitch right sides together leaving a corner open for turning.
Turn right side out, sew the open corner closed & doodle stitch all over for a quilted effect.
Lay flat, measure & mark a square leg hole (conveniently all measurements worked out to be 20cms).
Using a tight zigzag, stitch around your square.
Cut out the inside of your stitched square.
Fold your fabric in half, use the first square as a template & mark, stitch & cut the second leg hole.
Create an elastic casing: either simply fold over the edge of your fabric or follow what my bizarre subconscious instructed me to do & stitch a long length of fabric all around the edge – I need more sleep.
Feed your elastic (about 115cms) through the casing.
Once through, sew the ends together.
Stitch the casing closed.
Have a giggle at your creation of what appears to be ginormous underpants!
A surprisingly perfect fit!
*for some extra fanciness you can easily stitch a pocket or toy leash to the front of the cover.