We have Sparkle in a booster seat I got at Wal-Mart and I was tempted to just go get another one. But it is a tacky green plastic thing that used to have a tray, which we never used, and now there are these gaping holes where the tray used to be which food falls through. There are so many things I don't like about it, I just couldn't bring myself to buy another one. So I waited hoping to come up with a better option.
One day while Iron Man and I were on a date at the local Barnes and Noble (yes, we are nerds and like to browse books for fun) I saw this lovely little book entitled "One Yard Wonders" which has many different sewing projects you can make with just one yard of fabric.
It took me forever to decide I was actually going to attempt to make the booster seat. In fact I had to renew the book once before I even started. Sometimes I talk myself out of trying new things, particularly when they require materials I have never worked with before. This one called for waterproof fabric and 3 pounds of buckwheat hulls. I had no idea where to even find buckwheat hulls. But with a bit of encouragement from Iron Man (he always believes in trying new things) I ventured.
I found a nice black and white laminated cotton fabric at Hobby Lobby. I had Sparkle pick it out since it would be her new seat. I got the foam insert there as well. We ordered a 3 pound bag of buckwheat hulls off of E-bay which was a bit less expensive than Amazon. (*Update: I found a website which offers free shipping on buckwheat hulls it is http://ecomamaliving.com/) The only thing I added to my seat that wasn't included in the book one was a strap so you can fasten it to the chair. For that I got a yard of black nylon webbing at JoAnn's and sewed on Velcro and it was easy to add on, by sewing it into the bottom seams.
The project went very quickly. I was mostly done within an hour. I just had to wait for the buckwheat hulls to arrive. They came today and I finished the project this afternoon. And here it is! I love how it turned out. A yard of this fabric is enough to make two chairs. So Thor will be getting one also and we can finally say goodbye to that nasty green plastic one.