Makin’ it: Shopping cart cover (no sew!)

I wanted to buy or make a shopping cart cover for Baby Sawyer to protect him from those nasty grocery store germs when I discovered this tutorial from Kim on Little Rays of Sunshine.

Because it uses fleece, there is NO SEWING INVOLVED. It also does double duty as a highchair cover. Yippee and Yahooo! I already like fleece because it is so cozy and washable. In fact, I spent most of the nineties wearing a fleece jacket as my regular coat. But that’s another issue.

How to make a shopping cart cover for baby - no sew!

When I shopped around for the fleece, I didn’t love the choices. The printed patterns were not my style, so I settled on this luscious chocolate made by Polartec with plenty of heft. I figured that once Sawyer was inserted, his baby cuteness compensates for the plain color. I could have also gone crazy embellishing — Whitney suggested edging or multiple colors — but all that extra work is really really not my style.

During the span of one morning nap, I made this cover. I spent about ten minutes measuring, remeasuring, cutting, remeasuring and trimming. Dead simple, yes? In fact, it took me longer to choose a color of fleece.


  • 1 large piece of fleece material, 46″ x 54″
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tape measure


  1. Determine the overall shape and size.Cut your fleece fabric so it is the right size. Larger is fine but it might make your math different than what I described. When I cut my leg holes, for example, I realized I mis-measured so I trimmed a little more so it wouldn’t be lopsided. Oops.How to make a shopping cart cover for baby - no sew!
  2. Cut leg holes.You want 8″ x 8″ squares that have 2″ between them. Imagine a large rectangle that is 18″ by 8″ with a 2″ pane. In my case, these squares were also 18″ from all edges too. Since it is symmetrical, you can face the fabric in either direction.How to make a shopping cart cover for baby - no sew!

After cutting the easiest shopping cart cover on the block, it took me about 50 more minutes to cut and tie the fringe. As far as I can tell, the fringe is purely decorative so I would just skip that step next time (or do it just in the front and back). Voila, my finished shopping cart/ highchair cover that I made during this morning’s nap. How to make a shopping cart cover for baby - no sew! Too lazy? You can buy shopping cart covers on amazon or etsy. Or just wipe everything down with wipes and hope for the best like I did with my previous two babies (who are fine). +++ If you’re not a germ warrior, you should pick another Makin’ It project, we have dozens of other fun choices.