However, three children later, the vinyl pad was pretty torn up. So, in 2007, when our 3rd was one and we were expecting baby #4, I bought some super cute fabric with the intention of making a whole new pad. The cushioning of the first pad was also completely shot, so I'd have to start from scratch. Then I had baby #4 and then we moved twice and it kept getting shoved aside. In fact, I had to save the high chair a few times from getting tossed out by my husband each time we moved and each time we cleaned out our garage.
Now, baby #5 is starting solids and ready to start sitting in the high chair. Since I already had the fabric and the batting, it would cost nothing to make a new pad, whereas buying a new high chair, even used, wouldn't be free.
So, yesterday, I pulled the old vinyl pad out (which we'd also been carting around with us, so I could use it as a guide). I traced the pad onto some quilt batting (2 layers), then I traced that batting onto the fabric, leaving a 5/8" seam allowance all the way around. (Materials: about 2 yards of fabric, thread, quilt batting)
Then I started sewing, wrong sides together, around all the sides and top, leaving the bottom open to put the batting in. Unfortunately, I realized after I had already sewn the pad cover and put the batting in and was getting ready to sew the bottom shut that I'd forgotten to make a slip-cover to pull the top of the pad over the back of the high chair to secure it in place. So I had to unpick the whole top of the pad cover and then figure out how to sew in that slip-cover. But I managed to do it. After I had sewn the pad closed at the bottom (after re-sewing and putting the batting in), I used the custom button hole stitch on my sewing machine to make the hole for the seat belt to come through. I also stitched a few lines in the fabric to hold the batting in place for when I have to wash it.
And the finished product look pretty great!
Pretty cute, huh? Now, all I need to do is find some belt fabric and re-do that and the chair will look practically brand-new. Doubt I'll do that, though.