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A few weeks ago I needed to buy a new stroller for Boy 4. His little umbrella stroller had developed a problem with its wheels, in that the ones at the back were so worn down that it was becoming difficult to push. Especially with a chunky little two year old in it.
I started to have a look on the internet for a replacement, which turned out to be a bad idea because I saw several pushchairs that I really wanted (I used to have a bit of a pushchair addiction!). After an hour or two i managed to reign myself in and did the sensible thing. I bought a replacement umbrella stroller the same as the one that was worn out.
It’s actually a decent little buggy, it’s nice and sturdy and it’s not too heavy to push. It reclines, there is padding on the seat and it comes with a hood, shopping basket and raincover. I have had pushchairs that have cost a lot more and have been a lot worse! Obviously the wheels wearing out was an issue but as I liked it so much I got another one the same anyway. I got it from Amazon and the link is here:
I used the existing hood as a pattern but added an extra piece at the front.
I sewed the new hood to the existing struts and a coat hanger the extra front piece.
As the fabric was lightweight, I used curtain lining to make it thicker.
How to Make a Stroller Hood
2. Lay it out flat and pin it to the fabric. Cut out the pieces. You might find it easier to separate out the pieces of the hood. I was able to cut mine out without doing this, although I did have to unpick the darts in the back of the hood.
I had a bit of an issue with the existing hood in that it did not come very far forward. This meant that if the sun was in front of us, Boy 4 got the sun in his eyes. To solve this problem, I cut an extra piece to go on the front.
To make this extra piece, I used the curved edge of the front of the front, then measured how much further forward the hood needed to be. I marked this off at the middle then joined it up at the sides, allowing enough to make the casing for the coat hanger. I folded in half to ensure that it would be symmetrical.
3. Cut out the lining. If the fabric you are using is already quite thick you probably won’t need to line the hood unless you want to! The fabric I had chosen was quite lightweight, so it needed a lining. As I had some curtain lining in my fabric hoard, I used that. It has the added bonus that it is possibly waterproof and also keeps the sun out.
5. Hem the bits at the side.
8. Cut strips of your lining fabric for the struts. I allowed more width than was needed so that it didn’t matter if it was not a perfect fit. Sew the to the inside of the hood. If you have to sew the struts in, sew the casing pieces along the inside edge first. That will make it slightly easier!
9. Depending on your buggy, sew up the other side of the casing either with or without the struts inside. I had to sew it onto the frame and to say it was a fiddly nightmare would be putting it mildly! In the end I wedged one end of the struts between the sewing machine and the wall and slid the casing along as I sewed.
11. Thread the wire coat hanger through the casing at the front. Bend the ends into the a loop around the front strut and tuck the ends into the casing. This is where having been generous with the casing can make a difference! I tried sticking the end of the loop with gorilla tape but that made it too bulky.
- If the fabric you love is too thin, make a lining.
- When cutting out, put a pin in the top of the piece. You might remember which edge is the top, but after the disastrous car seat cover episode, I didn’t want to take any chances (You can read about that here!).
- Be generous in how wide you make the casings. This will allow for the hood not being a perfect fit.
- Just as if you were making a dress, keep getting your pushchair to try the hood on!
- Use the existing hood as much as you can, for pattern pieces and for the struts. If your pushchair doesn’t have a hood, you could probably rig something up using a couple of wire coat hangers in a similar way to how I made the extra piece at the front.
- If your existing hood is too small or doesn’t offer enough protection from the elements at the sides or the front, make extra pieces and use wire if they need structure.
Happy crafting! xx