2nd January 2015
I actually made this last year but forgot to post the blog. Being one to want individuality and some quirkiness, I decided to make my own foot muff for the buggy instead of buying one. Also makes recognising your buggy much quicker. After removing the footmuff this summer, a daddy at the nursery tried to walk off with my buggy within one day! I tried googling for tutorials on this but didn’t find any I liked so I decided to make it up as I went along. Hopefully this is a simple method to follow. If you are anything like me and procrastinate quite a lot, better start planning soon to get it reading in time for winter!
First measure your buggy, you need three measurements:
a – the length of the chair from top of the seat back, through the seat and down to the lowest point of the foot rest
b – width of the seat
c – the length of the seat and down to the lowest point of the foot rest with extra length for the foot muff to come partially up baby’s body (extra length at your discretion)
Then cut the pieces as per the diagram. I used a yellow polar fleece fabric for the internal pieces, a upholstery wadding for comfort, plain yellow cotton for the rear and a waterproof ripstop fabric for the outer. You also need one heavy duty zip about 30″ long and matching thread.
To begin fit the zip, I would suggest practising fitting zips if you’ve not done this before. You need a zipper foot on your machine.
- First fit the zip to the top of the foot muff. Layer the fabrics wrong side together: waterproof fabric, zip, fleece, padding and sew to end.
- Then repeat with the smaller straight piece of fabric. You should then have a working zip, between waterproof fabric on one side and fleece on the other.
Now sew the top(outer) of the footmuff together.
- Where the zip ends, sew the two waterpoof layers together, right sides together. Repeat for the two fleece and padding layers.
- While inside out also join the top of the pieces around the straight edge.
- You should now have the smaller, cover part of the footmuff sewed together
Sew the inside and back to the foot muff
- This sound confusing, but with all of the pieces in front of you it’s quite self explanatory
- Pin the larger piece to the completed cover, ensuring the cotton backing is inside, then the fleece, then the padding.
- Sew around the whole edge. Leave a hole at the top most straight edge for turning right sides out
- Once turned right way, close top hole with hand stitch or top stitching
Add holes for straps
- Measure where you need holes for the harness straps
- Use a button hole foot on your machine
- The holes for my pushchair needed to be quite large to fit the clips through (or you can remove the clips and reattach) so I stitched two buttonholes in a line and then snipped through the end into the next hole, making one larger hole.
- Stitch the 5 holes and snip the centre to pass the straps through
You should now have a completed foot muff ready for winter. Should keep your baby warm and dry and be one of a kind! If you get stuck, drop me a message. I’m now sewing expert but managed this so should be able to help 🙂