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Where did these silly car seat covers come from? I have seen several shops or blogs claiming that they were the inventors of these handy dandy car seat covers, but really who thought of these??? Anyways when I saw one while I was prego with baby number three I HAD to have one but I couldn't shell out the $45.00 they were asking for it. So I took a mental picture and headed to the fabric store. Depending on the fabric that you choose this project really could be dirt cheap. But heres the tutorial for one, happy sewing!
(note there are probablly 1000's of ways to make this cover, this is the version that I like best!)
1. You will need about a yard and 1/4th of two kinds of fabric for this project. If you are using ribbon instead of fabric for the straps you can get away with only a yard of each fabric.
So first cut your two fabrics into a 35X39 inch rectangle.
the 35 inches are your top and bottom and the 39 inches are your two long sides
2. Keep your two fabrics lying on top of each other and round your corners. I do this by tracing a bowl or a plate on each corner.
3. Embellish it if you would like. You really don't have to I like some of mine plain but some times I just feel like a little ric rack or ribbon.
If you are doing ric rack or ribbon just measure where you want it on your cover and sew it directly on the top or bottom piece whichever you are embellishing. For this cover I wanted to add a big flower so I used my pellon and cut flower petals out and then ironed them directly onto the top of my cover
Then I sewed along the edges of my flower onto the cover and sewed a red button in the center.
4. Now with right sides togetehr sew the top and bottom pieces of your cover together. Sew all the way around but on one of the sides leave about a 4 inch opening.
5. Turn you cover right side out through the 4 inch opening and iron the whole cover. Then I stitch about a half inch all the way around the outside of the cover to give it a finished look and to seal up that 4 inch opening.
6. Now it's time for straps. There are so many ways to do straps. We have done little velcro ones, tie around ones, and tie around ones with ribbon. For this cover I did fabric tie around ones.
Cut 4 strips of fabric 22 inches long and 3 inches wide
Sew two of them right sides together leaving a small opening in the middle, and then do the same for the next two. Turn them right side out and iron.
7. Now measure on the top front 20 inches from the bottom and 12 1/2 inches from the sides. (remember the sides are the 39 inch long side of the cover and the bottom is the 35 inch short side of the cover! I have sewn these on wrong several times!!!)
Then just sew your strap directly onto the cover. We always just sew a rectangle in the very middle and I sew it over and over again just to make sure it is sturdy.
I love these for my own babies but even more for baby gifts! Super fast, super easy, and very cheap!
Labels: baby gift, sewing, You should try it