10.21.2010

Handy Harness Tips (and a giveaway)



When I was designing the Pea Pod baby carrier I made about four carriers. They all turned out great with little changes made to each one until I settled on the final design. 

When I made the Handy Harness I ran into two little issues I thought I'd share with you. I was planning on doing a giveaway with this cute little harness below...
...but that's what protoypes are for. Working out the kinks. I didn't realize that the strap adjusters were on backward until it was finished. Argh. Also, the cotton webbing slides right through the buckle adjusters. When I used nylon webbing on the other sample harnesses it holds perfectly. If you use cotton webbing when making a Handy Harness it can still work (the colors are nicer in cotton). All you need to do is tie a little knot near the buckle when it's adjusted on the shopping cart, high chair or dining chair. The slipping problem doesn't matter when using the cotton webbing as a "leash". Since I folded and topstitched the end after threading it through the buckle it has a built in stop.

Now on to the giveaway...


* The orange and green Heather Ross harness is my version of a more gilrly look, but can easily be used for a boy too. The Echino Scooters is just so cool. For your chance to win one of these harnesses all you have to do is leave me a comment. If you have a blog go ahead and leave me a link. I love to see what all of you are up to. Please leave your email address in the comment form so I can reach you if you are one of the lucky winners! Giveaway open to residents of planet Earth. Giveaway closes Sunday night at 9 p.m. p.s.t.

*These carriers were made without the strap adjusters and may be a little long for smaller babies (6-12 mo's) but it still will work as a shopping cart harness. The length of the shoulder straps probably fits the 16-24 month range. They are about 1/2" too long on Vinny. He's 14 months old.


Of course you can always just make your own... download pattern here.

26 comments:

Kicken Bejos said...

This is an ingenious idea. I hope to win!

Het Kabinet said...

Wow, these are so cool and very handy too, I think. I would love the black one for my 13 month old boy!
Check out my blog here: http://hetkabinet.blogspot.com and my email is flapflap (at) ziggo (dot) nl
Hope I win too...

Jen said...

I love these and would love to win one!

jenniferdura(at)gmaildotcom

Kimberly said...

WANT!!!!!!

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Kimberly said...

Oh gheez. I just noticed the little fishes at the bottom of the post. You're killing me!

Heidi said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Awesome harness!
heidikittelson at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I would love to win one for my little Houdini as well (also 14 months!), as both this and your carrier are on my "to sew" list, which is only, like, 19 million miles long at this point :) And always nice to see patterns out there for the wiggliest babes, as it's only with lots of help that my little guys stays put anywhere

Clover said...

Love the scooters!! Too Cool

Cloverafton@cox.net

Jake said...

Totally cool and super excited:) You are so awesome! jakeychuckyvilela.blogspot.com
jakeychucky@gmail.com

Jocelyn said...

I love the scooter fabric! This is on my to sew list but seeing as I am having son #3 any day now which will be 3 kids under 3 I would sooo love to win one! Thanks for the give away and sharing your patterns.
Jocelync230 (at) yahoo (dot) com

monica said...

ho appena scoperto il tuo blog: è favoloso!! complimenti per i bellissimi progetti ^___^

Marcia said...

Please enter me into your drawing. Very innovative idea. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Chandra said...

I, too, think this idea is genius. I never could figure out how to get my first son to stay in the seat. Maybe #2 will win the answer!

oversewn said...

I would love one! Damn little monkey should be strapped down! hehehe

Kelly said...

Your Harness is such a fantastic idea! I love it!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Tori said...

Such a great idea! I totally need something to strap my 13 mo old down!

Catherine said...

I love these! Such a great design...

Jessica said...

these are such a great idea! thanks for the chance to win!

Laura said...

I just got a wooden high chair off freecycle and I think a harness would definitely help keep my son in place. It would be better to win than to try and make my own b/c who knows when I would actually finish!

Marla Ferguson said...

These are so great, and my little one is a runner who could definitely use one! Thanks for the giveaway! marla (at) blot (dot) com

moomi said...

you are such a clever chicken! these look gorgeous & i know of a certain little baby boy who will be needing one of these in the near future ;) ;) ;)
thanks for such a generous giveaway AND for sharing all your amazing patterns & tutorials - love your site & love your new header too x
candice

"MRS" menucha said...

You are soo creative! Would love to win this :)
chiefsquintyeyes@gmail.com

Mirna_bartul's mama said...

Aw, exactly what I'll soon be needing!I actually feel like I've won it already since thanks to your generosity I can make this ingenious thing myself!! It's not gonna be so perfect though, so I still keep hoping :-)

craftytammie said...
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craftytammie said...

this is very cool! thanks for the chance to win! tammieschafferATyahoo.com

rosessimone said...

Oh no am I too late? If not then I would love to win. My youngest is a bolter and we have given up going anywhere these days.

Thanks, SImone


mayzesimone@hotmail.com

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