Do you want to add some personal touches to your baby’s car seat cover? If you’re a crafty mom and want to make sure your baby is comfortable throughout the ride, you can add this DIY baby car seat cover onto your list of sewing projects!
Car Seat Cover Tutorial for Your Baby
As parents, we always want the best for our children — be it food, clothes, toys and of course, their safety. And talking about being protective parents, a car ride is never an exception. But dear mommies, you can still add some fun to your baby’s car seat without disregarding their safety and even their nap time. I believe your kids would enjoy their ride even more with this customized car seat cover that’s made just for them. You can also choose your own design and the kind of fabric you wanted to use!
What You’ll Need:
- 1-2 Yards of cotton fabric or flannel cloth for top
- 1-2 Yards of cotton fabric or Minky fabric for backing
- Velcro for the strap
- Sewing machine
Step 1: Preparing the fabric
Let’s begin! Start by cutting long fabric pieces measuring 36 x 42 inches. This will serve as the front and backing fabric. After that, cut another 2 rectangular strips of fabric measuring 7 x 12 inches. This will serve as the car seat cover’s strap.
Step 2: Cut the corners in a curved shape
First, you’re going to cut the corners in a curved shape. Start by making a curve line at one corner of your fabric. Cut it out. Then fold the other corners to match it up and cut the exact same curve from your first corner.
Tip: In making a perfect curve, you can use a bowl, or make a pattern out of cardboard to make or get a nicely perfect curve.
Step 3: Sew the front and back piece together
After cutting out the curves, place the right sides of your front and back piece together, then put pins all the way around. Make sure to leave a 5-inch opening as you will need this later on after sewing. Once that’s done, you can sew the fabric together following the direction of the pins.
When you’re done sewing, you can turn the right sides out and iron it. This will make your topstitching look nice and make sure that your corners look nice and round.
Reminder: If you choose to use a Minky fabric, you will be using more pins as it often slips a lot. Also, you don’t have to iron directly on top of it because it might burn your fabric. You can use a wet rag, put it on top, and lightly iron with a low setting.
Step 4: Topstitch
Next, do the topstitching all the way around and close the 5-inch gap.
Tip: You can use a double needle, single needle, or make a zigzag stitch. It’s totally optional.
Step 5: Sew the rectangular pieces for the strap
Make the rectangular piece’s edges meet up by folding it facing the right sides together. Sew at a half-inch seam allowance all the way down to the edge.
Step 6: Iron the rectangular piece
After sewing the rectangular piece of fabric, you have to iron the seam open. Place the seam in the middle so you’ll have equal sides.
Step 7: Iron the right side
Once it has been ironed, turn the right sides out and iron it again. Make sure the seam is right in the middle as well.
Step 8: Sew the raw edges
Fold the corners in a way that will seal all the raw edges inside. Fold again twice and pin. Do the same on the other side. Flip it over to the right side of the fabric and sew a little top stitch all the way down both sides so the raw edges won’t open.
Step 9: Put on the velcro
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After topstitching, you can now add the velcro. Place it in a way that it will bend the strap and create a loop.
Reminder: Avoid using a velcro with adhesive on the back because it can gum up your machine and needle.
Step 10: Attach the strap to the seat cover
When you’re done with your strap, attach it to the big piece of fabric you’ve sewn. Make sure to check and measure the actual seat cover as the length of the strap will depend on your preference. Sew the strap together with the car seat cover. And…you’re done!
You can also watch the full video tutorial here:
This baby car seat cover is very easy to make and can be a great baby shower gift. Even though you’re not a professional seamstress, you can make one of this by just following the instructions above. This project will definitely let your creative juices flow without disregarding your baby’s comfort. So, get ready with the materials, have fun with it, be creative, be unique and stylish!
Do you have more ideas to add to this car seat cover? Don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below!
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Betty Ginn says
I love this site, I’ve been looking for tutorials to help me and this site is wonderful. I only wish I could print the directions for some of these projects.
I too would like to be able to print instructions. Cute ideas.
Thanks so much for the instructions! I love that navy and mint squares/diamonds fabric. Where did you get it?