DiY Doll Stroller Replacement Seat

DiY Doll Stroller Replacement Seat--great tutorial for repairing a broken doll stroller!

Since taking (almost) all the girls’ toys away last summer,  I’ve had a lot of people ask what toys they still have and what things they play with the most.  I’m sure one of these days I’ll get around to writing a more in-depth update, but for now I’ll just tell you that when they are not reading, playing games, or doing artwork, they pretty much play with three things:  Legos, Barbies, or their dolls.

They used to have a cute little umbrella stroller for their dolls but Trouble literally loved it to pieces, mostly because when she was done pushing her baby she would sit in it herself.  Has anyone else had that problem?  I promised her I would sew a new seat and then promptly pushed the stroller to the back of my closet where it sat hidden and forgotten for a very long time.  When the girls re-discovered it a few weeks ago they begged me to fix it.  Surprisingly enough, the replacement seat was actually really easy to make and it turned out–in my opinion–even cuter than the original!

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Here is what you need:

doll stroller frame with ripped or broken seat
1/4 yard of pretty patterned fabric
a roll of coordinating 1″ ribbon  (I used 2 different ribbons)
straight pins
sewing machine


DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 1: Carefully cut apart the seat back from the seat bottom to create a pattern.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 2: Pin the “pattern” to your fabric and cut out seat back, leaving 1″ allowance at the bottom.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 3:  Pin seat bottom “pattern” to fabric and cut out, leaving 1″ allowance around curved portion of seat.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 4:  Lay seat back, right side up, flat on table.  Place seat bottom, right side down, over top of seat back so that the bottom center of the curve is touching the bottom center of the seat back.  Pin in center.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller SeatDiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 5:  Carefully pin the rest of the seat back around curve of seat bottom with right sides together.

Step 6: Stitch seat back to seat bottom along pinned curve.  If your kids like to sit in the stroller like mine do, I highly recommend reinforcing this seam!

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 7:  Cut out a rectangle about 3″ long and the same width as the seat bottom.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 8: Fold over the long edge of the rectangle and pin in place, then stitch to make a clean finished edge.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 9:  Pin the rectangle to the bottom of the seat, wrong sides together,  as shown, lining up the raw edges together.  Pin in place, then trim the corners of the rectangle to match the corners of the seat.  Stitch in place along the raw edges.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 10:  Stitch a line on the rectangle approximately 1-2 inches from the edge, as shown.  Repeat on the other side.  This will create the pocket for the stroller base to fit into.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 11:  Fold ribbon over the raw edges of the stroller seat.  Pin in place, then stitch around all the edges to secure ribbon.  Be sure to get the back edge where the seat back and bottom meet!

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Step 12:  If a seatbelt is desired, cut buckle from old stroller seat and attach new coordinating ribbon as shown.  Stitch into place on either side of stroller seat. Cut 2 20″ pieces of coordinating ribbon, fold in half, and stitch each center onto the top corners of the stroller back so that the ribbons can be tied to the top of the stroller base as shown.  If you prefer to use less ribbon, you can just make little loops for the top corner.

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

Slip the cover onto the frame, tie in place, and be prepared for much love and happiness from your grateful daughters! :-)

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

DiY Replacement Doll Stroller Seat

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What is your child’s favorite toy?  Have you ever had to make an emergency repair?  How did it go?

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  • Heather May 13,

    My kids have gone through three of those strollers already! I’ve always just thrown them away & bought a new one because it didn’t seem worth the effort to fix it when they are only $10 at target. Yours turned out really nice, even better than the original, but I still don’t know if I would bother with it.

  • KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family May 13,

    What a great idea! Your new cover is so cute….looks even more cute than the original.

  • Jess May 13,

    I’m sooooooooooooo happy to see that my little monster is not the only one who loves to sit on her doll stroller!!! And of course, your post is a life saver, since my Hubby has been threatening to throw it in the garbage almost everyday for a while lol…My little pumpkin will be absolutely thrilled to have it fixed once I find a very strong fabric to make this. BTW, yours is adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

  • MommaO May 13,

    I enjoyed reading how you fixed yours…. when mine where into baby strollers – I just bought a replacement one at the Dollar General for about 5 bucks – however – the first daughter didn’t break it – and by the time I got the replacement for the 2nd one, she announced she no longer wanted to play with baby dolls. *sigh*

  • Sheena May 14,

    Are you sure your name isn’t Sheena? :) I have gotten rid of so many of my children’s toys and I hear all the time how wrong it is but honestly they don’t play with it. It’s broken and unloved. Once things are cleaned out then they have more room for the stuff that they actually play with. My oldest is all about crafts. My second child is all about Legos. My third child loves stuffed animals. My baby would rather get into everything than play with his toys.

  • Kim @ seven thirty three May 15,

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice. I featured this on my Facebook page today!

  • Miranda @ Someday Crafts May 15,

    What a fabulous idea. Who needs to go out and buy another stroller?! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come take a look!

  • Cerys @ Nature and Play May 21,

    This is perfect – my little ones have done the same to their stroller. I know what my weekend project will be this week.

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