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How to Make a Travel High Chair

This portable high chair pattern allows you to have a chair for your kiddo anywhere you go!

Updated July 02, 2019
How to Make a Travel High Chair
How to Make a Travel High Chair

If you've ever found yourself away from home and in need of a high chair, this video tutorial is for you! Check out this video tutorial and learn How to Make a Travel High Chair for your baby. Created by Maureen Wilson, this video is easy to follow and will help you create a useful sewing project for baby.

When you are on the go, there may not always be baby-friendly seating, however with this free pattern, you can always have a high chair at your command wherever you land. Simply follow the easy steps in this video and take this handy dandy baby item with you wherever you go. It's quick, it's simple, and best of all, the pattern is free.

Click to play the video right below and then scroll down for the written materials, instructions, and more images. This is a great DIY totseat. This homemade high chair that can be folded up to fit in a diaper bag or even a purse.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine

Easy

Materials List

  • 1/2-yard outer fabric
  • 1/2-yard inner fabric
  • 1/2-yard thin batting
  • 5 inches of Velcro
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors

High Chair Safety Tips:

This DIY portable high chair craft is a god-send for mothers, but be sure your little one is safely secured while enjoying your family meal no matter where you are.

  1. Be sure that the straps are nice and snug but give your child enough room to be comfortable.
     
  2. Use the high chair only for meals to keep its use routine.
     
  3. Do not use the lap table as its own restraint. The table is not a secure strap, and you won’t want your child to fall out of the chair.
     
  4. Never leave the child unattended in the high chair.
     
  5. Don’t let your child stand in the high chair.
     
  6. Distance the high chair far enough away from the table that they can’t use their legs to knock over the chair.
     
  7. For foldable high chairs, be sure that every part is locked into place before placing your child in the seat.
     

How to Make a Tie Travel High Chair:

Click on any image to enlarge.

  1. Cut the long strap piece: 36" x 7" tall. Cut both fabrics and batting to this measurement.

  2. Cut the seat: 19" x 11" tall. Cut both fabrics and batting to this measurement.

  3. Cut the connecting tab: 4" x 5-1/2" tall. Cut both fabrics and batting to this measurement.

  4. Sew the connecting tab first. Right sides together with the batting on top.

  5. Sew the long sides of the tab using a 5/8" seam. Leave the short sides open.

  6. Turn right-side out and put aside.

  7. Layer the seat pieces with the batting on the bottom, then fabric right sides together.

  8. Measure the opening for the connecting tab. it will go in the middle of the short side of the seat piece. Mark the opening by pinning at 4-1/2" and 7".

  9. Pin around the perimeter of fabric to hold it together while sewing.

  10. Round off one of the corners. Use that corner as a template by folding the fabric and cutting along the curve. Do this for all sides.

  11. Sew the fabrics together using a 5/8" seam, removing pins as you go or at the end.

  12. Turn right-side out. Press both the seat and the connecting tab.

  13. Insert one end of the connecting tab into the opening of the seat, about 1" deep.

  14. Sew together using a 1/4" seam. Continue topstitching around the perimeter of the seat.

  15. Layer the batting and fabrics for the strap piece.

  16. On a long side, place a pin 4" from the edge to mark an opening for the tab. The other pin is placed 6-1/2" from the edge (2-1/2" down from the first pin).

  17. Continue pinning the fabrics together to prep for sewing.

  18. Round off the corners in the same way as for the seat piece.

  19. Begin sewing at one pin and continue until you reach the second pin. Remove pins and turn right-side out.

  20. Press the strap piece.

  21. Insert the loose end of the connecting tab into the opening of the strap piece.

  22. Sew in place using a 1/4" seam and continue topstitching around the perimeter of the strap.

  23. Cut 3" of the rough side of the Velcro and place in the middle on the long end of the interior fabric.

  24. Sew around the edge of the Velcro to secure to the fabric.

  25. Cut 5" of the fuzzy side of the Velcro and place on the short end of the strap on the exterior fabric.

  26. Sew around the edge of the Velcro to secure to the fabric.

  27. To use: Weave the straps around the slots of a chair. Loop the strap around to Velcro in back. The seat piece goes inside of the loop and creates a flap over the strap piece.

What was your baby's first outing?
Let us know in the comments!

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I can't wait to make up several of these for friends with new grandbabies. The video is amazing it helps that even a beginner sewer could make up this amazing pattern. So many possibilities with fabric colors. I think it's even a great item to take and use with you when your out shopping. I can't imagine how dirty the straps in grocery carts are.

Ahh I need this for when my little cousins come to visit! What a fabulous video tutorial!

This looks like such a cute project, and I like that it's small and lightweight so you can probably keep it in the trunk of your car until it's needed.

I really think the portable high chair would make a great shower gift but when you show the picture of the baby in the seat it looks like something comes around the baby's tummy but then the picture of the portable high with no baby in it there is nothing to strap the baby into the seat.

Wow. Where was this when all my children and grand children were little. This is such a handy portable high chair to carry with you.How many times have you gone to get a bite to eat and there are no high chairs or they are all taken so you have to eat with the little one on your lap. Well here is the video for you. So easy to make and a very well made video to follow. I think this is more for an older child not a baby. have a child in mind that needs one. Then sew away.

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