Making Stuff: Portable Fabric High Chair

by This is Carrie on October 29, 2009

On our family vacation a while back, our friends brought this cool fabric-high-chair-alternative-contraption for their son. It was clearly a well loved, handmade relic from the late 70′s, made from faded Sesame Street fabric (sans Elmo). After both 14 mo old babies used it the entire trip, I quickly took some measurements before sending it home with our friends.

In the Bag: My own interpretation of the cool-fabric-high-chair-traveling-alternative made from a thrifted floral ottoman cover from the 70′s (staying true to the original).
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The Facks of Life October 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Why oh why are you so damn amazing! I love/hate you and your talent. :)

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Zinone October 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm

This is soooo cool. I can't wait to use it!

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Jen October 30, 2009 at 12:19 am

wow…that is perfect for trips and outings!

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Alena Jo October 30, 2009 at 12:35 am

That's brilliant! Can you share the measurements with us? :-)

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Tanya October 30, 2009 at 12:56 am

Oh please share how you did this, I have been wanting to make something like this but have not found any good instructions. My version has been to use a large receiving blanket to tie my little man to the chair. It works ok but yours looks so much better.

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jessica blood October 30, 2009 at 1:10 am

PLeas PLease post the measurments for this I love it.

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simplymodernmom.com October 30, 2009 at 1:11 am

Very cool idea. Would love to learn how to make one.

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Casey October 30, 2009 at 1:12 am

I hope you post how you did this, I really need one of these!

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Stephanie and Carlos October 30, 2009 at 2:03 am

Brilliant… You might have to show us how you made it though… hehe

xo Steph

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mandiegirl October 30, 2009 at 2:20 am

Such a great idea! :)

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MrsNehemiah October 30, 2009 at 2:24 am

Love This!
can we get a tutorial?
Mrs Nehemiah

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Amy Eagleston October 30, 2009 at 2:57 am

This is great. Will you create a tutorial? I'd buy it!

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Jill October 30, 2009 at 3:11 am

what an awesome idea – and so simple! I'm going to make one asap.

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carey October 30, 2009 at 3:18 am

wow! that is SO cool! i need one of those for my little one. you're amazing!

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Crazy Livin' October 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

Hey carrie…I am in this huge craft Boutique next week and i wanted to display your book for people to order for Christmas??? Is that ok for one, and another thing where would I send them to get it? I was going to make little cards with your info on it?
Let me know

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Reese Dixon October 30, 2009 at 3:33 am

Oh Brilliant! My little guy still needs some help sitting up. This would be a lifesaver!

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Twincerely,Olga October 30, 2009 at 4:26 am

man that is so cool! I need two! Really!!

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Adam Tait October 30, 2009 at 4:31 am

brilliant
-Beth

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mommymae October 30, 2009 at 4:32 am

i would love to make one of these!!

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Marissa October 30, 2009 at 4:56 am

I want to make one! Are you going to share the measurements? ;)

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soybeanlover October 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

Please oh please teach us! I would love one of those when we travel

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This is Carrie October 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Ali,

E-mail me at carrie(at)thisismejournl(dot)com so we can chat.

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BJHBHBB October 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Do post a tutorial! It looks awesome!!

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Angel711 October 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I second everyone else – tutorial please!

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TracyKM October 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm

We had a similiar one for my little brother, but the front was a triangle shape…like the front of a diaper but it came around to tie behind the back. This would be great to make with PUL, shiny side out for the inside that folds over. For my kids, I just used my ring sling, straped around the chair, LOL.

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Chloe October 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm

This is one of your best yet. Tutorial PLEASE. Please!!!!!

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Hugh & Hollie Carson November 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Carrie,
I read your blog for inspiration and I'm truly in awe of your work. I was wondering if you are willing to send me a tutorial of the travel fabric seat. I mean, that's amazing!!
I hope to hear from you soon– Thanks

Hollie
A Carson Kind of Life

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Hugh & Hollie Carson November 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Carrie,
I read your blog for inspiration and I'm truly in awe of your work. I was wondering if you are willing to send me a tutorial of the travel fabric seat. I mean, that's amazing!!
I hope to hear from you soon– Thanks

Hollie
A Carson Kind of Life

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Hugh & Hollie Carson November 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Carrie,
I read your blog for inspiration and I'm truly in awe of your work. I was wondering if you are willing to send me a tutorial of the travel fabric seat. I mean, that's amazing!!
I hope to hear from you soon– Thanks

Hollie
A Carson Kind of Life

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Hugh & Hollie Carson November 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Carrie,
I read your blog for inspiration and I'm truly in awe of your work. I was wondering if you are willing to send me a tutorial of the travel fabric seat. I mean, that's amazing!!
I hope to hear from you soon– Thanks

Hollie
A Carson Kind of Life

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Jenn November 2, 2009 at 12:14 am

Just another request for a pattern/tutorial..pleeease? I love this!

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HHRose November 2, 2009 at 1:28 am

Better (for me) than a tutorial, I would BUY one of these if you wanted to sell me one. Or on Esty, if you're still selling there.

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CarolineW November 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hi, just wanted to add my voice to those asking for the pattern and tutorial. :-)

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Kristin Sellars November 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Love this! Share the measurements!

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The Clarks November 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm

We desperately need a tutorial. Please Please Please.

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Ramona Burke November 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Hey All, after having been inspired by this, and by Jill's copy, I made one of my own, and posted a tutorial on my blog, http://burkeshires.blogspot.com/2009/11/travel-high-chair-tutorial.html
hope it helps!

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This is Carrie November 10, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Hey all,

I'm working on a tutorial (although it might be too late now). It will be posted next week during my "Week of Tutorials!" Stay tuned!

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kspinning November 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Thanks Carrie! Good to hear as I just found your blog and this great post! I'm definitely making one for my 4 month old…

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Montay November 12, 2009 at 5:11 am

Just found your blog and I am afraid to tell you I will be blog stalking you from now on oh my gosh you are so talented I love your fun cute and trendy ideas so dang cute !!!!

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Terry November 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Well who wouldn't want this item. SO HOW DO WE GET YOUR PATTERN…..tlf993@gmail.com I'm waiting
I have 2 grandchildren who can use it and 3 friends pregnant….I'd love to make this as a gift.
Thanks for the info

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This is Carrie November 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm

The tutorial is complete!

Here it is:

Fabric Travel High Chair

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Rebecca Reply:

Hi there. I tried linking to your tutorial for the fabric high chair, and it didn’t seem to work? Could you help me with this please? I’d love to make these.
Thanks.
Rebecca

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This is Carrie
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Hey Rebecca, thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I think I got it all fixed up. Here it is just for you: Fabric Travel High Chair Tutorial

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Sewing-Chick December 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Wow, this is really neat. Sure beats what my mom did when we went to visit… she tied him to the dining room chairs with a sheet!

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Tina "The Book Lady" August 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Hi! I’m checkin’ this out and wondering if there are written out instructions on how to make this, or is it only the tutorial? I love this idea for a baby shower gift or maybe for my nephew.

How does it wash up – or can you use those plastic tablecloths (altho I’d think those would tear from sewing).

What do you think?
Tina “The Book Lady”
contact(dot)thebooklady(at)gmail(dot)com

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This is Carrie
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August 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The only tutorial I have up now is the one linked to on Whrrl. It washes up perfectly. I think the same as you – the tablecloths would most likely tear when sewn – not very durable.

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Tea Rose Home August 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Oh my gosh! I wish I had this when my kids were little! Your work is so nice!

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Deb July 4, 2011 at 3:51 am

Just wanting this tutorial but whrrl has shut down! Are you able to repost somewhere else?

thanks!

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This is Carrie
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Sorry, I realized I never went back to fix the link in this post to the new photo tutorial once whrrl closed. You can find it here: http://thismamamakesstuff.com/tutorial-this-mamas-fab-travel-chair/

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