I am looking for a pattern of a shopping cart pattern like this http://www.handmade4baby.com/catalog.php?category=5 i need to get a couple of them but the prices are outrageous and i know how to sew and my mom is a extremely good sewer, so i was thinking if i could possibly find a pattern for this between the 2 of us we can get some made.
Hum, take your tape measure to the nearest grocery store parking lot and take measurements. make a small drawing to keep your measurements straight with.
Go back home.
Then take a full sheet of newspaper, like 2 pages wide and refer to your measurements. Draw and cut a pattern or two. Tape togeather where you would sew it. Be sure and leave a channel to put some polyfill in around the top. You could even take that pattern back by the Grocery store to see if it fit.
Get some $1. Fabric at WM and make a test one. Make a tote to carry it in out of same fabric.
If you sew much I have the faith you can do it yourself, maybe even better.
I bought a pattern for a shopping cart cover from http://www.makethemyourself.com and it's pretty much like the one you show at your link. The instructions also tell you how to make it reversable. It comes with leg flaps so your baby doesn't touch the cart anywhere. You can also make matching pillows to help hold up smaller children. I really like it and I've made several for friends and family.
Most grocery chains admit to only washing down the carts 1 or 2 times a year and when Inside Edition did a investigation on shopping carts of major chains they found all kinds of viruses, fecal matter, blood, and salmanella (misspelled).
I dont know about all of you who have raised your kids back in the 70's & 80's but if i have a chance to stop my child from getting sick I'ma gonna take it...besides i do believe that there are "New" germs around now then there were when i was little 36 yrs ago...Now I am not one of those compulsive mom's that wipes everything down and keep clean naps in my pocket. But i do care around a little bottle of that germ x for like after i pump gas or stop at a yard sale and such.However with all that said i am gonna protect my lil ones from getting as much as I can. I know they will get germs in school and at friends house and just playing outside, so if and where ic an help i will do so..
Please anyone or everyone don't take offence to what i said, this is just my humble opinion and was not meant to sound mean or offensive.
I agree Char. I dont mind my kids catching the normal "cold and flu" germs that are around. But like you said, there are many more things to catch than there were 30 years ago. Also, after having read the reports from 60 Minutes and Inside Edition, as well as Primetime, I CERTAINLY dont want my toothless baby sucking on fecal matter. I dont call that normal day to day contact germs. Not in MY environment anyway. I am blown away that some mothers dont envision the type of germs, viruses, fecal matter, blood, etc that are on these shopping carts. There are enough things in his world that will endanger them, I dont plan on that being one of them.
When my DD was an infant, I think I was the first person in my area to have one of the shopping cart buddies. People would stop me all the time and ask me where I got it. If I would have had the time back then, I could have sewn them up and sold them on the spot, lol!
Now, I believe in letting kids get dirty, not running to the doc for every sniffle, etc. But shopping cart germs are NASTY! Even before I had kids I would carry babywipes in my purse for the sole purpose of wiping the handle. When I was about 12 I saw a nasty (I'm assuming homeless) man pushing a cart through the grocery store. He coughed up his spleen in his hand a proceeded to wipe it all along the handle. I just about died on the spot. Ever since then...lol
I also take wipes with me when we go to a fast food joint, I always give the table a wipe because my son ALWAYS drops fries on the table and no matter how many times I tell him not to eat them, he always does. Gross. :)
red-princess, if you end up making one, make several and use them for gifts or sell them. There's a huge market for them.
WOW... I can see some potential for a little spending money here! AND I've been wondering what I could make my DIL after the baby comes... NOW I know! I'm sure she'll have a nursery theme all picked out etc but this gives me that chance to make something more generic and useful IN ADVANCE of picking the "theme".
I tried making these "cart cuddlers" years ago - made some really cute ones and gave for baby shower gifts so they would be seen by others. Unfortunately, I did not find the right market for sales, so my efforts went to nothing. I did make up my own pattern based on one that my niece had for her baby. She used it when she went visiting where there was no high chair as well as in the shopping cart. If you expect a money maker - - - - well, good luck!
At least here...its almost impossible to take your own cart out...they want to do it for you. If you can sneak out on your own, they will come get it out of the cart corral. For most carts, that means the employees have already given it a good touching and handling first. They can have just as many germs...but I figure they get the brunt of it.
Ive never wiped things down, it really could become an obcession. I mean the kids take their hands and run them down every product at their level. They touch so many things...I would be wearing gloves. Then their are the rest of us..touching with germs...they are just everywhere...so I just take my chances.
What does bother me, is the pharmacy in the grociery store. Right inbetween the cheese and the checkout. You have to walk by there...I swear I hold my breath. All those peole are not waiting there because they feel great. I will admit to having put something over the cart handles in the winter so I didnt have to touch a flu germ. I guess maybe I will start grabing a cloth...see how it goes.
I do believe you build up resistance...I dont like that. Gotta be able to fight those germs. Or so I have it in my mind.
Dear garden glory,
I tend to agree with you. I have a baby nearly 10 months from second marriage and a 16 year old and 12 year old from first. I also did microbiology 20 years ago to become a science teacher and i have to say i am a hippy compared to most of the young mums because i don't worry about passive exposure to germs too much.I've aways though you get thousands more germs from kissing your granny than from an non-biological item like a shopping trolley. Maybe i'm living a fool paradise, but my first 2 are healthy as anything, no allergies, asthma, etc and here's hoping baby will prove me right again !