The double stroller we have is great (and necessary with two boys). The biggest problem I have with it, though, is that the kids’ seats don’t have snack trays, like we have on our single stroller. For my three-year-old, it’s no big deal. But my youngest is too young (and not coordinated enough!) to hang onto a snack bag while he’s eating. Plus, he likes to throw things. That means, when we’re on the go, he can’t have a snack. I’m sure there’s something I could buy to solve this problem, but I figured I could make something instead.
1. Cut out your pieces of fabric — I used two coordinating fabrics, but you could use the same fabric for all pieces if you’d like.
Elastic – 8 1/2in.
Velcro – 2in.
2. Cut out one piece of interfacing for each pair of fabric (A, B, and C)
3. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of one piece of each pair.
4. Put the right sides of the long (B) fabrics together. Sew a zig-zag stitch down one of the long sides.
5. Fold so that the wrong sides are together (right sides out), and iron the seam flat.
*Note for the next step: you can make this snack cup without the elastic, and it works just fine. However, it’s pretty easy for your child to knock the snack out of the cup as he/she is grabbing it. The elastic works against that. Some of my pictures have the elastic, and some don’t, because I actually ripped apart after using it, and added the elastic in. If you don’t want to add elastic, just skip these steps.*
6. Make a casing for your elastic along the sewn side. Measure, pin, then sew a straight stitch to allow for the elastic to be pulled through. Using a safety pin, pull the elastic through.
7. Sew the ends of the elastics into the casing.
8. Put the wrong sides of both circles (C) together, right sides out. Pin the open side of the long strips (B) around the circles (C). This will create the bottom of the snack cup.
9. Sew around the bottom circle, then up the short side of the cup (B).
9. Turn the cup right side out.
10. Put the right sides together of the short strap (A). Sew around three of the sides, leaving one of the short sides open. Turn the strap right side out – poke out the corners and iron the seams. Fold the open end under and iron.
11. Sew the strap onto the outside of the snack cup (B). Sew a square and an X in the middle of the square – this should help the strap to stay secure.
12. Attach velcro onto the inside of the snack cup (B). I put mine onto where you can see the stitches from the X on the inside of the cup. I used self-adhesive velcro, but just to be sure the velcro stayed put, I also attached it with a no-sew fabric adhesive called Unique Stitch.
13. Enjoy your new On The Go Snack Cup!
Use on a stroller — works great for umbrella strollers, too.
Use in the car (if you feel comfortable with your child snacking in the car).
I’m excited to try it on a grocery store cart as well!
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