Do you have a little one that loves to ride in their stroller? If so, you're probably on the hunt for a rain cover. Stroller rain covers can cost a fortune, especially when your stroller isn't a standard size. Luckily, making your own is a lot easier than you might think. If you're interested in learning how to make your own DIY stroller rain cover, keep reading.
Below, we've put together a step-by-step guide teaching you how to make a DIY stroller rain cover that's as cute as the little one riding in it. We'll also walk you through the different types of rain covers, the materials you'll need, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling!
What Are The Different Types Of Stroller Rain Covers?
Rain covers for strollers can come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. Some rain covers are completely see-through, allowing you to see your baby and vice versa. Other stroller rain covers only feature a small window for the baby to see out of while the sides are completely enclosed.
It's important to note that some stroller rain covers purely shield your child from the rain. Other stroller rain covers can offer features such as UV protection, dust shields, ventilation, and more. It is not uncommon nowadays for strollers to come with a designated rain cover meant to fit only that specific make and model. If you're not happy with your current rain cover, it can at least help you size your new design.
What Materials Do You Need To Make Your Own Stroller Rain Cover?
To make a standard DIY stroller rain cover, you'll want to start by gathering your materials. For this guide, we are going to use basic materials that both beginner and crafting experts can use to easily follow along. Feel free to upgrade or customize any of the materials we are using below to fit your goals. To make the DIY stroller rain cover, we'll walk you through every step. You will need to start by getting together the following items:
Step-By-Step DIY Stroller Rain Cover Guide
You're finally ready to get started making your very own DIY stroller rain cover. After you've gathered your materials, you can begin designing and assembling your new cover. That being said, before you begin, you may want to come up with a plan for your overall design.
Our step-by-step guide is going to make a cover with a bunny on it, but you can choose the design you'd like. Some of our favorites include chicks, trains, dinosaurs, and flowers! If you need any inspiration to get started, we recommend looking on websites like Pinterest for modern styles. Once you have your intended design in mind, you can move on to the steps below!
Step-By-Step DIY Stroller Rain Cover Guide
The very first step to making a DIY stroller rain cover is to sketch out your design. For our cover, we started by taking our pink piece of fleece and sketching the outline of a bunny on it. The idea is to cut out a hole where the bunny head would be for your little one's noggin to peek through. Don't worry about being messy in your sketch because you can always use the other side of the fabric when you go to sew everything together.
If you want a professional tip, try to cut out places for the alternate colored fleece to peek through when layered or add a third color for even more dimension. For our design, we used white fleece to add accents to the ears, feet, and tail.
Step Two: Cut
Once you have everything sketched out you can begin cutting the fabric. This is also a great time to add any holes to the fabric that will act as the background for your cover. We cut a hole for our babies face and got ready to secure everything with our next step.
Step Three: Pin
Step three is where you'll grab those handy sewing pins to hold everything in place while you sew. Place your pins around edges and corners that may move or shift when switching everything up. Trust us when we say that skipping this step isn't always a time saver, especially when you start sewing outside the lines.
Step Four: Zipper
You may be itching to run to the sewing machine at this stage but take a deep breath and focus on your zipper. If the idea of zipping up your rain cover concerns you, you can always opt for an easier button style design. That being said, zippers are easy to install and just need to be done before everything is combined and tightened down. If you install your zipper or button after you've sewn the fabrics together, you risk coming up short and having to add more fabric or loosen stitches to try again.
Step Five: Sew & Ta-Da!
The final step to this DIY project is to sew it all together. While you can do this by hand-stitching, depending on the size of your stroller and design, it could take you more time than you bargained for. Luckily, sewing machines are relatively inexpensive with some models costing less than $20. Sew up any loose ends and ta-da! You've made your very own customized stroller cover for more than half the price it would cost you in stores.
Top Five DIY Tips
Now that you know the steps to make your own DIY stroller rain cover, there are a few tips we wanted to share with you. The five tips below are the best pieces of advice we received from experts who attempted this unique craft. Keep reading for additional insight into making a cute, yet functional, cover that looks like it came from the store.
Tip One: Layer
If you're not very creative-minded you may struggle to come up with a design that looks 3D or professional. One of the top tips we can give you is to layer fabric even if it's the same color. For instance, on our design, our bunnies arms are the same color as its body, however, because it's another layer on top, it looks much more dimensional.
Tip Two: Customize
When you make your own products, you have the ability to customize them in any way you see fit. Think about your current stroller cover and what you don't like about it. What are some features that would make a stroller cover more useful? Take some time to brainstorm, and you'll be so much happier with the final result. If you can't come up with anything to add, we recommend putting a name or family last name to help it stand out from the crowd and be returned if it gets lost.
Tip Three: Measure First
We can't stress this tip enough; you have to measure your stroller before you head to the store to purchase fleece. After all, there's nothing more annoying than getting home to craft and finding out that your design won't fully cover the stroller. To avoid any headaches along the way, measure throughout your crafting process to ensure you're not scrunching or warping things too much.
Tip Four: Think About Rain
While no one wants to be caught in the rain with their stroller, it is a possibility that many families run into. If you want to be safe rather than sorry, we recommend choosing a material or additional covering to add protection from rain and other elements. This is especially imperative if you live in a rain-prone state and don't want to soak your child inadvertently through its stroller cover.
Tip Five: Add A Drawstring
If you want to be able to secure your stroller cover to your stroller, you can add a drawstring. Many stroller cover designs simply drape over the unit in order to provide protection; however, during inclement weather or strong winds, they can easily be pushed aside. Luckily, adding drawstrings to fabric is extremely easy; all you need to do is take a long string, place it along the edge of your cover, and fold a small edge of the cover over until it completely covers the string. All you have to do now is sew everything down and pull each end to tighten it up when using.
DIY crafts are such a fun way to customize products and save money. After following this guide, you'll have a one-of-a-kind piece that you can keep or reuse for years to come. Just make sure to keep the weather in mind as well as the size of your stroller and child in order to avoid any DIY mishaps. Keep note of the fact that your child will grow over time which is why selecting the right length fabric and the zipper is so imperative. We wish you the best of luck in your crafting journey and can't wait to hear about the results!