Monday, August 23, 2010

Extreme Highchair Makeover!

In honor of the show "Extreme Home Makeover" being in my hometown, I give you... EXTREME HIGHCHAIR MAKEOVER!!! 

 When my son was born, I received a hand-me-down high chair from a co-worker. You will only very occasionally catch me saying "no" to {free} stuff, and this high chair was in great shape! Yippee!

Fast forward 4 years... my new baby girl doesn't love the blue boyish theme, and I don't love the additional 4 years of wear put on this high chair by my son, cousins, houseguests, and sitting in storage. 

My solution?

A $4.99 vinyl tablecloth from Ross. 

I'm not {loving} this pic... the cover is a bright orange, but it looks red... grrr!

I put the old cover on top of the tablecloth folded in half, and traced it with a {sharpie}, leaving about an inch gap. Then I cut it out.

I cut out 2 half circle thingies to match the part that originally went over the back

Sewed along the bottom of the circle, right sides together

Then turned it inside out. 

For obvious reasons, you cannot iron vinyl, but I used the weight of my iron {turned off} to "press" the seams on this. It seemed to help. 

Then I made a layer sandwich: 
Body (rightside in), half circle thingy, body (rightside in) and sewed it all together, leaving the bottom open. 

I stuffed the old one inside, (it fit perfectly! the 1" cutting and 1/4" seam allowances were just right to compensate for the padding) 
I sewed up the bottom using a zig-zag stitch, and didn't bother tucking in the edges, since that part doesn't show.

Very last, I zig-zagged around where the safety belt pokes through (I marked it when I was tracing) and cut the hole out. 

I found it helpful to use a long-{ish} stitch, and I made sure to put the side that will be the back facing down, since my machine's teeth was a little rough on the vinyl. (Even though this is pretty heavy duty. My machine must be hungry...)

I am so happy with how it turned out! 

I honestly don't think my baby girl noticed. 

p.s. Drove by the construction site looking for Ty... no luck!

<3 AmberLou

Sharing at some of these parties

1. Do you prefer to write in cursive or print?
A mixed up medley of both...
2. Do you prefer to shop online or go out and actually 
go to the stores?
I love both; shopping is shopping!
3. Would you prefer to go camping or stay in a motel?
Camping! Old School, with a tent!
4. Do your prefer going to the movies or staying 
home to watch one?
With a new baby, prefer isn't really the right question... but we definitely watch more movies at home.
5. Do you prefer a shower or a bath?
Bath... long with bubbles. Been awhile.. :)



  1. That is a fantastic idea!!!!!

  2. Oh, this is just too cute. I love the idea...thanks!!


  3. Wow! What a great idea! I love it!

  4. Awesome! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  5. Thanks for linking up to my Everything Nice Baby Girl Link Party!

  6. girl is on the way after 2 boys...time for a highchair makover!!! Thanks;)

  7. I completely understand the movie ? with a baby! It is so hard to take a kid to a movie and make them sit for 2 hours! I love your high chair transformation! Thanks for linking up to Hoo are you!

  8. Our highchair has needed a new cover forever!!! Now I know how to get one :) Thanks for the great idea! So fabulous and frugal! Love it- found you through BNP :)

  9. nice transformation! I like the red & white fabric.

    I admire you campers. especially the old-school tent thing. I did that a couple of times. When I was like 15. lol

    popping in from Hoo Are You - have a great Tuesday!!

  10. Just stopping by from HOO are you Tuesday and Love the high chair

  11. Wow, what a wonderful transformation, that is one stylin' high chair. Your daughter is adorable. Thanks for linking.

  12. It looks so great! I love the bold red you choose! She will totally be eating in style now!

  13. I'm noting that my highchair is in need of a new cover makeover too. Also a hand-me-down that I once covered but with two of my own kids and a home daycare it's getting ripped again. Thanks for the tutorial and kick-in-the-butt to get mine done.

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  15. This rocks! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm featuring you today on Tot Tuesdays! :)

  16. Looks terrific! We are so glad you joined us for Anything Related! Come back tomorrow for another great party!

  17. I looks great! (I love the red color actually, but I bet the Orange looks great too!) Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!


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