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.