Thursday, April 22, 2010

Like you have never seen one of these car seat covers before?

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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!

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Blogger Alison said...

This turned out absolutely darling!! I love the colors!!! And I love the flower embellishment! So we are having a Baby Week celebration party at Oopsey Daisy, and I would love for you to link this up and any other baby ideas you have:


May 11, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

These are darling! I must be living under a rock because I have never seen one. I am pregnant with my 3rd and I am definitely making one! Thank you for the inspiration

May 25, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Sparta Savings said...

I made one of these and featured on my blog giving you the credit. Thanks for this great tutorial! Here's the link:

July 17, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hi I just found you through Oopsie Daisy, it was an older post, about baby stuff. I love this idea for a car seat cover! Honestly, I have never seen one of these before. I am planning to make one this week for a friends baby shower on Tuesday. Thanks so much for putting the tutorial up! If you don't mind, when I get it done I would like to post it on my blog, giving you all credit of course, and linking back to your blog for the tutorial.

September 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

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