Friday, January 20, 2012

Carseat Cover Tutorial

 I cannot believe that I didn't publish one post all last year!  It was not that I wasn't creating, but that I was too swamped to take time post anything.  I have some old projects that I never added, this is one of them.  It's a cover that goes over your car seat to keep your baby warm (and sleeping) as you tote her around. This one  is a patchwork cover, but I have used solid fabric too.  My squares are 7 inches.  I did 5 squares for the width and 7 for the length. start by sewing the squares into rows, then sew the rows together.  I have minkee, and flannel fabrics but cotton works great too.

 Some of my squares are not perfectly lined up, but it doesn't really show unless you are looking closely at it!
 I measured extra solid fabric to wrap around the front, this is an easy way to hem the cover and it looks cute to see the other fabric along the edge.
 Next I made the straps.  They can be rounded or square about 5-6 inches in length and 3-4 inches wide. Sew the 2 right sides together leaving room to fold it right-side out and then go over it again on the right side.
 I think it's cute to make the straps with 2 kinds of fabric.
 If you have a snap setter, you can add snaps to the straps, otherwise you can put on buttons or Velcro.
 Sew the straps between 6-8 inches apart depending on your carrier (test it before you sew if possible!)
 To embellish the straps you can add a large button or a flower etc.
 I used embroidery floss...

...and sewed it on by hand.
 All done!

 When I gave this to my friend, I rolled it up and tied it with a matching ribbon.
I tied scraps of the fabric to the gift bag.