DIY Travel High Chair Tutorial for Wiggly Toddlers

When I originally posted a photo of my son in the “Travel High Chair for Wiggly Toddlers” I made using two separate tutorials, I didn’t realize I would get so many emails asking for an actual tutorial on how I smashed these two ideas together.

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I had every intention of measuring out the one I made and posting all the measurements online for you, but somewhere between unpacking and cleaning out our summer clothing I lost the actual Travel High Chair. Bummer. Hopefully it will turn up before our next road trip.

However, I made some drawings that should help you put one of your own together. As far as measurements, feel free to use the ones on this tutorial, however I found that for an 18 month old the measurements were too small. You also need to keep in mind what size chair you will be using it for. You should definitely measure the width of the top of the chair to make sure you make the top strap for the shoulder straps long enough in circumference. If I was going to make another one, I would use my child to make the correct measurements and then add an inch or two so there would be room for growth.

Let me just pause for a second to say this is not a beginner sewing project. In order to do all of this and make it look finished, I would say you probably need to be intermediate at sewing because of all the different pieces you need to put together to make something like this. The normal Travel High chair without the shoulder straps would be considered a beginner project.

Travel High Chair Tutorial for a Wiggly Toddler

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The different pieces you need.
The different pieces you need. (Two of each, or four if you see the x2 mean you need 2 completed pieces of each of those items.)

There are three groups of sewing you need to do. The first group is the yellow group, also known as the shoulder strap group. I used velcro to keep the two straps together so my little guy wouldn’t squirm out. Make two straps that look like the letter T cut in half. Cut out four pieces and put two pieces together, wrong side out, to make each strap. Make sure to leave an opening to turn them right side out. Then make the top strap by taking two pieces, sewing them wrong side out, and leave both ends open so you can sew the elastic inside. Sew the half T shaped straps onto the bottom of the top strap. Add velcro to your straps as indicated on the drawing. Your first section is complete.

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Next make the pink group, which are two straps that you will use to tie around you little one’s waist. Make sure they are long enough for you to have room to tie a bow! Tying a knot is going to be a pain to untie every single time you use your Travel High Chair.

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Next cut out your green section. I used two pieces of cotton and then one piece of felt that I sewed on the outside so it would then be inside the final product, to add strength and padding. You are going to need to pin the Yellow Section and the Pink Section inside before you start sewing, so they will be on the outside once your pull your high hair right side out. Just make sure you pin it really well and go slow, so you don’t accidentally sew through part of the shoulder straps or waist straps that you don’t want to sew into!! And make sure you leave the back part open to turn everything right side out (I highlighted where the opening should be in blue).

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Match up the colors where and pin them inside. The yellow for the bottom of the shoulder straps, and the pink for the waist straps. The blue is where you should leave an opening to pull everything right side out. Make the button holes last.

The last thing to do is sew the opening closed and put in two button holes that are long so the waist strap can go through them, keeping your child securely on the chair.

If you have any questions please feel free to post them below. I will try to answer them the best way I can.

Happy travels,

Kristin

DIY Travel High Chair for Wiggly Toddlers

Update October 6, 2014: You can now check out the tutorial for this Travel High Chair Here —> DIY Travel High Chair Tutorial for Wiggly Toddlers

I haven’t been posting on here much because I am actually getting ready for the biggest and longest trip I have ever attempted at all, let alone with three children ages 7 and under. I have been sewing a TON, trying to make sure I have everything I need to have an enjoyable trip. Here is something I whipped up a few days ago. I posted on my website about this tutorial for a wrap that turns any regular chair into a travel high chair, but after looking at the tutorial again, I realized it was probably more suited for younger children, not my extremely wiggly and strong almost-two-year-old son. So I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest checking out different versions of DIY travel high chairs and I figured out that I would have to combine several concepts to get what I wanted.

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I saw many patterns for these travel high chair wraps that fit over the entire back of the chair. To me, that just seems like too much fabric going on, when you could make the wrap secure without using so much fabric. Fabric is a precious commodity in my home. I literally make most things myself, including clothes. If there is any spare scrap of fabric, it is going to be used thoughtfully. So after looking at several different “belt only” options and reading comments that toddlers can simply step out or squirm downward out of these, I thought I would use the belt method that goes between the legs to assure he couldn’t squirm downward, and I used the shoulder straps on top so that he couldn’t step out of the wrap. So here you go, my wiggly toddler tested and Sprouts En Route approved solution… the DIY Travel High Chair for Wiggly Toddlers. I don’t have time now, but I will put up a pattern sometime over the summer.

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This side view gives you a better idea of how it actually ties onto the chair. I know that none of the tutorials online use button holes like this, but I thought this would be more secure for any width of chair. I also used interfacing to back the button hole so I didn’t have to worry about the straps wearing the button hole out.

I have a few other DIY projects I’ll be posting later on this weekend as we get ready to depart on Thursday for the US!

As always, happy travels!!

Kristin