here's how you make a car seat cover...

For all of you that have been asking, here's how you make those darn cute car seat covers that are starting to become so popular.
It makes for a great baby gift!

This first one I made (the first pic) was my VERY FIRST sewing project ever.
The second, I did a few more fun tricks, but they both turned out pretty cute.What you'll need:
2 yards of fabric-any kind will work, using two different ones are fun, think of the season though, if the baby will be born at the beginning of summer you don't want double flannel, or something too hot.
thread-doesn't have to blend in, coordinating with the pattern can be fun and look cute.
1 pkg sewable velcro-white will mostly match the best, unless you're using a really dark pattern.
buttons, ribbon, tulle or whatever kind of embellishment you want
The dimensions are:
41'' x 35''
Handle dimensions are:
9'' x 2 1/2''
(you will be making two handles)
The handles will be 7 1/2'' apart from each other
and they will be about 12 1/2'' from the outsides of the blanket.
The best way to place the handles on the car seat is to pin them on to the blanket and hang them on the car seat handle bar, so you can have the blanket/cover to hang in the right position.

Step 1: Cut the fabric.
Then fold in half and cut corners off (start with 7'' on a diagonal and if you need more cut more), so they won't be dragging on the ground. It will be in the shape of an octagon, but longer in height than in width...if that makes sense.

Step 2: Place both pieces of fabric the wrong side out (pin it if that helps, I never pin), on top of each other. Sew around (straight or zig zag stitch), leaving one small (about 7'') opening to be able to turn inside out.

Step 3: Flip inside out, iron, and then sew around again with straight stitch or any fun, decorative stitch around (the pic below, I used a flower stitch, with pink thread on yellow fabric, so cute!), stitch opening close. Voila! The main blanket/cover part is complete.

Step 4: Making the handles. Cut fabric (dimensions above), sew the same as you did with the whole blanket. Sewing inside out, flip, iron and then sew edges and opening close. Make sure both handles are the same size as each other.

Step 5: Cut velcro to the size you need, testing it as it hangs on the car seat helps, you'll need about an inch & a half, more if you think it needs more.

Step 6: Place them on the handles, but make sure you test it, like wrap it in a circle as it would be around the handle bars, so that you are putting them on the right sides! You'll need the fuzzy side of the velcro on one side of the strap and the pokey side of the velcro on the other side of the strap, so when you wrap it into a circle it will connect.

Step 7: After you sew the velcro on, it's time for the embellishment!
Pick whatever you want, ribbon, bows, buttons, whatever you come up with, make it, buy it whatever, just have it ready. You can use a tiny bit of glue (hot glue) you can put a dab on to hold it in place, or you can just sew it on. It can be tricky because you don't want the thread to show, so you have to sew it on by hand, hiding the tread.
If you used some kind of fabric or ribbon (the pic below I used fabric cut out as flower pedals & ribbon) that is fraying. You can use fray check or modge podge, dab it on the fraying edges and let it dry.

Step 8: Sew the straps on the right side of the blanket/cover and you did it!


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