What is it with these baby product designers? They think that we've lost our sense of style and taste once we acquire children. I never liked our car seat but it was the best of a particularly bad bunch.
Note the plaid and the gingham trim on the hood. Isn't it awful?
Sadly, I can't throw away items that are serviceable, even if I can't stand the design. I almost did a little jig the day my mother-in-law accidentally put the cover through the washer and dryer, shrinking it and rendering it useless. It stayed ugly.
So when I knew we had a new person on the way I had to get a new cover. I did try to find an approved cover but couldn't locate one. I then priced out custom covers online. *Cough* I'm not about to pay $80 bucks for something I could do myself, I reasoned. So that's what I did.
I found a really great modern patterned fabric in the upholstery section for 50% off.
I picked out two matching fabrics for the seat, the hood, and the trim.
It's a more comfy and a better fabric than my original seat, not to mention a much better design.
I think it turned out pretty well.