Monday, April 29, 2013

Mend It Monday: high chair cover

Somebody's got a case of the Mondays (hint, it's me). I was rushing to get today's post done and then discovered that my camera cord is on an adventure. A secret adventure. And more than likely, AB knows where it is, but she's not talking. So I will spending my day tearing my whole house apart looking for a tiny black cord. And this post will be missing photos. Coffee. Now.

HOWEVER. I. Am so. Excited. I'm in the process of reorganizing my sewing room (thanks to a new piece of furniture we acquired this weekend) and it's awesome. Big reveal coming Wednesday!! Well. Assuming I find my cord. And no, I didn't lose it while rearranging. I don't think so, anyway.

In the meantime, I've been doing a bit of hand-sewing whilst putting my room to rights. I fixed a bunch more of AB's cloth diapers using this method and I also mended a small hole in her high chair cover. We have the Graco Contempo with the Rittenhouse cover, which I like quite a bit. The removable tray is convenient for washing in the sink (we don't have a dishwasher) and the wheels on the bottom allow the chair to move around when we often on special occasions eat in the living room and watch The Office reruns.

The one thing I dislike is how difficult the cover is to remove and to put back onto the seat. We've had the chair for about eight months and I'm only now getting the hang of it. Somehow, it developed a hole in a most random spot, the side of the cover. I promise I have the most marvelous photo, but for now you'll just have to imagine it.

There is a casing at the top, and inside the casing is a thin plastic tube. This portion of the cover slides into a groove in the chair, and it holds up the side of the cover. How in the world a hole came about in this location, I don't know. More than likely, somebody who can't figure out how to put the cover on got angry and jammed the thingy into the slot and...well, you get the idea.

I know what you're thinking, what's the big deal here? I can't explain how, but when I wash the cover, the plastic tube works its way out through that tiny hole. Every. Time. The tube is clear and it always gets left in the bottom of the washing machine. I'm afraid I'm going to lose it one of these days, so I decided to fix up the hole.

It was easy enough to do without even taking off the whole cover. I loosened it enough to get to the hole, and then did a couple of quick stitches. The tear was on a seam, so it didn't take much thinking to redo it.

Another quick project with satisfying results! Now I won't lose the plastic tube in the washing machine. Maybe I should check there for my camera cord...AB is fond of putting things in the most random places.

Need more Mend It Monday? See here and here.

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