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Christmas Present 1: McCall’s 5721 Hack

January 2, 2018


My oldest niece asked me to make a shopping cart cover that she could use when she took my great-nephew to the grocery store. I decided that I would try to make her one for Christmas. She showed me a few Pinterest patterns, but I  really wanted to use a published pattern. I felt like I needed all the help that I could get. After thumbing through some pattern books, I settled on 5721.  Although I wasn’t crazy about the tote-bag carrier, I liked the elastic around the edges. I felt like it would stay on the cart a little better.

After I bought the pattern, I started reading the reviews on Pattern Review. In hindsight, I should have done these things in the opposite order. The reviews were not so good. Most people found the directions confusing. Since I live an hour away from the nearest pattern store, I decided I would use the pattern for cutting out the fabric and batting, and then improvise the rest. I also decided to do away with the tote-bag carrier. I had been saving some Eric Carle scraps forever, and I really wanted to use them for this project.


Since the scraps were smallish, I decide to sew them together to make a piece big enough for the top of the cart-cover. I cut my pieces into 9×9″ squares and then sewed them together quilt-style.



The pattern calls for batting, but I decided to use some fleece that I had in my stash. Once I had the top together, I fused the fleece to it using my 505 spray. The directions for this pattern have you cutting out the front and batting separately, but one of the PR reviewers suggested cutting them out together. This made a lot of sense to me, and I’m glad I did it. If you make this pattern, this step makes things a bit easier.


Another PR reviewer added extra batting on the cart-handle half of the cover just in case there were any unexpected head-bumpings.  I liked this idea, so I added the extra-batting too.



I stitched in the ditch to hold the extra batting in place.


Then I added the backing, 505ed it in place, and cut.



I then stitched around the edge to make the inner casing for the elastic.


I added binding for the outer edge of the elastic casing.


Then I stitched around the leg-holes, cut them out, and added binding.





The pattern includes a several pockets and loops for attaching toys. I decided to add one pocket and used gross-grain ribbon for the toy loops.


The pattern included a safety belt, but the belt was attached to the cover and not the cart itself. This made me a little nervous. I could see my great nephew and the cover tumbling out of the cart. I did not like this. So I decided to added button holes through which the belt could be threaded and then attached to to the cart. They are little hard to see, so I circled them in the picture below.


I finished this project at around 7PM on a Sunday evening, and I really wanted to test it out. So I took myself and the cover to my local grocery store and stealthfully did my photo shoot.






I started by taking pictures in the produce section, but I was getting some weird looks so I moved to the tea aisle.




I actually like how this turned out and LOVE that I was finally able to use my Eric Carle scraps!

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