The Marathon
July 15th, 2010 by georgia leigh

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You might have clicked in thinking I was talking about a real marathon. And if that were the case, you don’t know me very well. I once tried to run a 7 mile race for extra credit and I thought I was going to die. No, really. I came in last place. By a long shot. Oh, and the worst part is I don’t think the extra points helped my grade. Suck.

Anyway, a friend of mine moved far, far away and left behind a few things. I was tasked with making sure they all got to the right places (i.e. trash, donation, etc). One of the items was this fabulous car seat, the Britax Marathon:

britax marathon before

She used it for her daughter. It is a fantastic and very expensive car seat. So I decided I could find a good home for it. Until I realized that my own little Eli was going to be turning 1 this month and that he would need a new car seat. Ack! So I kept it! However, there was the whole pink/flowers thing going on. So I had to do something about it.

britax marathon after

It was the easiest re-cover of a car seat I’ve done so far! I’ll be adding photos and tips to my Toddler Booster Seat Recovering Tutorial to make it more widely useable. And let me tell you, this is a sturdy seat. And it was super easy to install! I did it all by myself and it is rock solid. I have a lot of trouble with getting car seats installed, so I was very pleased with the Marathon. I highly recommend it. Of course, I still love our Sunshine Kids seat we bought for the back seat. But free is cheap, so the Marathon it was. Plus there’s room on Eli’s bench for a much bigger seat so no worries with space there.

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Isn’t he adorable? I still need to recover the little pads that go on the straps to protect his neck (whatever they’re called) but I can’t locate one of them at the moment. Nor can I locate the library book called The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. Please send help.

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Big smiles to Jessica for the seat and another shout out to Deseret Book in the University Plaza who has cut all their fabric to 50% off ’til it’s gone. I’m so sad inside, but happy to get the cheap fabric. A catch 22 if there ever was one.

13 Responses  
  • Robert writes:
    July 15th, 201011:39 pmat

    I love our Marathon seat. You did an amazing job with the recovery.

  • carmel writes:
    July 16th, 20102:37 amat

    he is soooo cute!!!
    it looks like he likes siting there

  • jessica writes:
    July 16th, 20105:33 amat

    i love the redo of the car seat. so GIRLY to so BOYish! i have three baby nephews and i would certainly benefit from your tutorial.

  • lindsay writes:
    July 16th, 20107:43 amat

    Wow. It came out so good! It also looks really room compared to the one my family had.

  • Holly writes:
    July 16th, 20108:42 amat

    Once again, an awesome job. You’re clever and practical and artistic all balled up into one. :)

  • Kristin writes:
    July 16th, 20109:20 amat

    Love how it came out :)

  • jenny scott writes:
    July 16th, 201011:26 amat

    Super cute car seat recover job! My husband always wants to get girly seats for our daughters and I steer him away in case we have another boy, maybe I’ll give in next time, I can always recover it right?!

  • jen writes:
    July 16th, 201012:58 pmat

    I love it! I have a couple car seats that could REALLY use a lift. I’ll have to check out your tutorial. Cute, cute!

  • Lydia writes:
    July 16th, 20103:57 pmat

    So cute! Great job!!!

  • nanann writes:
    July 17th, 20107:31 amat

    Hey, I have that Marathon seat! And I’m not really a fan of that cover (on my seat), but it works since I have girls.

    but I absolutely LOVE your recover! Definitely has me rethinking about redoing mine too!

  • Skylar writes:
    July 20th, 20109:41 amat

    AWESOME job!!!! is that a Riley Blake wheels fabric??? LOVE it! hmmm, which city is that deseret in? I have family in Utah and might need them to go get me some fabric! 50% is AWESOME! can’t find deals like that here in po dunk virginia. lol.

  • Jorja writes:
    July 20th, 20103:22 pmat

    Hey Skylar, It is in Orem in the new University Mall villa thingie outside. The only two Deseret Books in existence that carry fabric are the flagship store in SLC and this one. But not for long!

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