About a year after I purchased my BOB Flex Revolution, the footrest began to fray. After realizing that the replacement part (the entire seat) is sold for $100, I turned to the internet to find a cheaper alternative. I looked high and low for a tutorial on how to fix it, but to no avail. So I decided I’d just have to make one myself. I was initially terrified of cutting into my beautiful stroller, but it was already ruined, so I had nothing to lose. I hope that this helps someone out there save themselves a hundred bucks.
What you’ll need:
- Various screwdrivers
- Sewing machine with heavy duty needle and thread.
- Seam ripper, scissors
- Outdoor, weather friendly, or sport fabric
My fabric store is closing and so I headed to the sample section of the outdoor upholstery fabric where the samples themselves were a mere dollar and found the perfect heavy duty fabric for the job. I looked at several options before ultimately deciding on this fabric. I wanted something that would not tear easily like the original fabric and was weather friendly, since it will undoubtedly encounter rain at the very least.
You’ll begin by removing the entire seat from the frame. Now, this is important so pay attention, take pictures! You want to take pictures of all of the crazy points of attachment like the canopy, seat harness, the collapse pull, and anything else that looks remotely confusing to you. These will really help during re-assembly. Take note that there are different lengths of screws. Single layer attachment (seat only) requires shorter screws, and multi layer attachment and hardware will need the longer screws. Make sure you don’t misplace the hardware!
I was unable to detach the storage basket due to the nut on the back of this screw being so tight and my muscles clearly being too weak. So I removed it from the frame and completed the project with it connected. More power to you if you can detach yours!
I took this opportunity to give the seat a good washing before going on to the next step.I mean, how often do you take the seat off of a BOB? I initially scrubbed it down with some resolve and a scrub brush, but because there had recently been an potty training accident in the seat, this didn’t help get rid of the smell. So I removed the seat back and threw it in the wash on the gentle cycle. I let it air dry before moving on to the next steps
This is what your removed seat piece should resemble:
After you have that done, you are going to remove the torn, shredded fabric by carefully ripping the seams of the binding, as shown. Be very careful with the binding as you will be using the seat’s original binding in the fix. In this tutorial, I used the original grommets and therefore didn’t remove the binding entirely near the grommets. If you have grommets, I would suggest going that route. Cutting one piece of fabric would be much easier than what I ended up doing.
There are two pieces of plastic boning in the foot rest that help keep the fabric down, but keeping them is up to you. I did for this tutorial, but if I did it again I would leave them out.
Next you are going to make a pattern piece using your original piece of fabric. Lay down the footrest onto some paper and trace away!
Place a mark near the end of the fabric where it meets the stroller. I don’t have a picture of this next part so hopefully I can make sense of it for you. You are going to take the stroller piece and line it up on the line that you made– like the picture below, only, facing the OTHER WAY. Basically, if you line the pieces up, they should look like the original stroller shape.
Now, this part gets a bit tricky. I used the original hardware for the footrest, so I cut the piece right here, and pinned/trimmed my replacement fabric as I went along.
When I got to this point, I left enough fabric to fold over the cut edge of the original fabric. If you are using a fabric that frays, you will want to have your replacement piece a little longer so that you can tuck the cut side under. But since my fabric doesn’t fray, I just left the cut edge.
Pin it like this and sew.
Next you will attach the footrest to the stroller by placing right sides together, pinning, and sewing. I used a zig zag stitch for both the above step, and this step.
Next we will be reattaching the binding. Take note of the position of the binding of the seat and footrest in this photo and pin accordingly:
If you’re not using the boning pieces, this next step will be a breeze. Simply pin the binding pieces and carefully sew with a straight stitch making sure both sides are caught in each stitch.
If you are using the boning, you will want to pin as closely to the plastic as possible, and use a zipper foot, sewing carefully to make sure both sides are being stitched. Make sure you have a heavy duty needle and go slowly so you don’t break it.
Sewing will be bulky and a bit awkward, I had to reposition the seat several times. I took this project to my dining room table so that there was plenty of space for the seat to rest. Take your time and make sure that the binding is secure. Put it through a vigorous stress test to make sure. The last thing you want is to go to all this effort, and then the fabric pop out of the binding when your two year old climbs into the stroller. Don’t ask me how I know this, but trust me on it.
Finally, dig out the screws and reattach the seat.
Ta-dah! Fancy schmancy $1.00, 2 hour project! That’s how you save a hundred bucks.