Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

Posted by Lucy On February - 22 - 2014

I am often asked if I can recommend anyone to make a new hood and apron, a new bag or reline a pram, I have had one of my own prams refurbished by a lady called Jackie in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have seen many other prams that she has restored. It is two years now since I last mentioned this so for newcomers to the site I am putting her details on here again.  Her work has been sent all over the UK and abroad so even if you don’t live near it is still possible to get the work done for you.

Jackie trained as an upholsterer when she was just a teenager and over the years she must have recovered thousands of items, not just pram hoods etc but also furniture. This proves how she has thoroughly learnt her skills, her work is very professional, in fact she is a perfectionist. I once visited and saw a pram she had just finished, it looked perfect to me but a very slight crease in the hood made Jackie dissatisfied and she told me it would have to be redone.

The picture below shows a close up of some of her work. Fastenings are matched to the style on the original apron, the ones below are the more modern stud type but lift and dot style are used on vintage prams.

If you want a particular colour of fabric then Jackie does her utmost to find it for you, she did an excellent job when I asked her to try and match the blue of the Wedgwood plaque on my pram for the hood and apron.And here are some hoods and aprons she has made in other colours.

One of Jackie’s “trademarks” is that when she does a new hood she inserts a small ring behind the hood braid, if a toy is hung there it can be slotted through the ring instead of having to pin it to the braid. Just a small touch, but one that makes her work that extra bit special.

If you would like to contact Jackie for a quote these are her contact details

e mail:

phone number 07821371461

And do please tell her that Lucy sent you! :)

Categories: Silver Cross

45 Responses

  1. Anne Williams says:

    Hello Jacqueline,
    I have a vintage Peg Perego pram that needs the hood to be replaced due to holes. I live in the USA.
    Would you consider this job?
    Thank you,
    Anne Williams

  2. clare mcinerney says:

    i have a wilson pram which has a small tear in the hood just behind the braided area,rather than have the entire hood recovered is there any way i can hide this tear?

  3. Lucy says:

    If the tear is in the lining you could try to patch it, you may be able to buy a patch of the same lining if you look on E Bay. If it is the “pastel dash” lining then I hav some of that, £2.50 for a 6″ square approx, including postage. Alternatively you could use adhesive and stick the patch back into place. If it doesn’t show I would do this.

  4. jade says:

    Hi,my name is jade. I’m in the process of searching for a vintage coachbuilt pram and am really excited about renovating it. I’d really like to be able to do all the work myself as id like to experience that sence of achievemen tbut i have no experience what so ever. Do u know of anyone who would be willing for me to come and watch them replacing the hood and aprons, and even the interior so I could learn and go away and do it myself?


  5. jacqui says:

    Do you know of any weekend/short courses on refurbing a pram? That would be a fab way to treat ourselves.

  6. Natalie Copeland says:

    I have recently bought a royal coachbuilt pram but it has no hood, how much would a brand new hood cost?


  7. Trina says:

    I need to get a replacement Silver Cross Kensington pram BLACK Hood & Apron. Any suggestions outside of the 1 seller on EBay which is highly expensive? Please advise.

    • Lucy says:

      You could have your existing hood recovered, Jacki Canning does an excellent job, her contact details are on my website. Or you could contact Babybirds or Silver Cross.

  8. kayleigh says:

    Hi I have a childs toy oberon pram and was wondering if it was possible to get some new stretch fit hood and apron covers made for them? X

    • Lucy says:

      This is something I haven’t heard of before, why do you want covers? To protect the hood and apron from damage or to cover them because they are in poor condition? You could contact Jacki Canning who makes new hoods and aprons to see if she can help. If you search for her on the website you will find her details.

  9. Hannah says:

    Hi i am after a new hood and apron for my sx tenby have tried emailing but addy doesnt seem to work could i get a quote at all please?
    Many thanx xx

  10. Anna-Marie says:

    I have a hood that is fading and would like it be revamped to a different colour, the lining is all fine, would Jacki be able to do that?

  11. Tatjana says:

    Hi, I have a Perry Pram and it is missing the Apron cover, it is Navy Blue. I live in the US, can you assist with this and what is the cost?
    Thank you.

  12. Bev says:

    Hi Iv got a silver cross vintage pram what needs a new hood and apron with fittings and the lining can u help me with that I can’t rember what type it is thou

  13. grace says:

    Hello I bought a Royale Coach Built pram and the hood seems to be dry rotting and I would to have it recovered. I live in the USA and would like to find someone to recover the hood and apron. The Apron is in better shape but if I get the hood recovered then I want the apron to match. Thank you for any info you can send to me.

  14. jan belton says:

    Hi, I have dug out my 35 year old silver cross coach built pram, which is in very good shape but would like to clean the hood and apron. Can you please recommend what I should use, that wont damage or lighten the racing green colour. Thanks.

    • Lucy says:

      On the website type in ‘cleaning hood’ into the search box on top right and it will show you appropriate posts.

  15. Samantha minett says:

    Hi I have a marmet coachbuilt pram I think from the 1040’s to 50’s I need the hood re covered due to wear and tear. It’s navy blue and was just wondering on a price please.

  16. Suzanne says:

    Just found this site and hope it can help me as I have 1971 Marmet which needs the hood and apron replaced in navy blue. Wondered if someone could contact me with some details on how to go about this and restore my beautiful pram.

    Thanking you for your assistance


  17. rafaella says:

    i am getting a chatsworth rose silvercross dolls pram for my daughter it has some wear and tear in the hood not sure where to start to get it fixed or replaced

  18. Sonia Robertson says:

    Hi could some one get back to me with a quote to redo a hood and apron for me i am in scotland, thank you

    • Lucy says:

      You need to contact either Jacki Canning (search for her details on the website) but there are others who restore hoods and aprons. If any of them sees this post and gets in touch with me I am happy to add contact information for you.

  19. Margie says:

    Hi, I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and have just purchased my first Vintage Pedigree Vantage Pram that needs a complete restore. I have never done this before but think they are such beautiful prams and couldn’t leave it as it is. My husband is an upholsterer and has been in the trade for over 30 years, but is a bit hesitant in doing the hood or apron. Could you give me a quote on how much material I would need for both of these and the cost of the material. I need black material or do you know of anyone in Christchurch that restores prams? Thank you so much

  20. Kirsty says:

    I have a Pedigree Vulcan coach built pram that’s in desperate need of restoring. I have looked online with no luck of finding a new hood and cover for this pram it’s also got quite a bit of rusting and the leather inside is a little damaged. I have no idea where to start do you possibly have any suggestions ?

  21. Emma says:

    Hi I am looking at a price for a hood and aproan in maybe yellow, for a silvercross Kensington thank-you xx

    • Lucy says:

      I don’t restore prams myself but if you go to the search box top right of the website and type in Jacki Canning it will show posts with her contact details and information about her work refurbishing prams.

  22. Laura says:

    Is your repair book available in any other form other than on a Kindle? I would like a copy, but don’t have a Kindle or any other reading device like that.
    THank you,

  23. Chris says:

    Hi I have a Mamet coachbuilt pram would like price for new hood and apron pkz

  24. Sian says:

    I have vintage miniature silver cross pram but I need a new hood and apron so I can surprise my daughter of 4yrs at Christmas with it . I’ve had the pram since I was 4 and now I’m 45yrs old .

  25. Larraine says:

    Hi just want to know how much it would b to have a hood

    • Lucy says:

      I don’t make new hoods or aprons, I suggest you search on my website (search box top right) for details of Jacki Canning. There are also other restorers who have facebook pages, if you join any of the vintage pram groups on fb you should find details.

  26. sherie Court-kelly says:

    hi I have a silvercross sienna pram and it’s missing the apron I was wondering if you cpull give me a price for a new one if you could make one or let me know what fabric I could by to make one kind regards sherie xxxx

    • Lucy says:

      You need to contact Jacki Canning, her details are on several posts on here, if you search for her name in the search box, top right, you will be shown these and her contact details are on them.

  27. Angela Whitehead says:

    Lucy, Thanks for the information, I have contacted Jacqueline, however all I need is a small piece of pastel dash lining, do you know anywhere I can buy any please? Thank you

    • Lucy says:

      You could look on E Bay or if you join one of the Facebook pram groups someone may have a piece they will sell.

  28. Donna says:

    I’m really interested in buying a 36 pink hood and apron I would really appreciate it if you could let me how much that would be.


    • Lucy says:

      I don’t sell items on this site, but if you search for Jacki Canning on here you can find contact details and ask her for a price.

  29. Stacey says:

    Hi I’ve got my daughter silver cross chatsworth rose dolls pram and the apron has 2 small tears either side near the poppers. Was wondering on possible a new apron or a repair. Could you help at please

  30. Chris says:

    LUCY thank you for your reply, I will look Jacki up

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