Carseat Cover Tutorial {Small Fry and Co.}

I am thrilled to start off Baby Week with Heather from Smallfry and Co. I always wished that I'd made a carseat tent for my little guy, but it always seemed so complicated. I love how Heather breaks down this idea and make it seem simple--even for me!!! And I love that it is reversible!! I know you'll enjoy this tut!!

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Hi, my name is Heather from over at Smallfry and Co. I am a stay at home mom of two girls ages 6 months and 2 years old. Life is pretty much a combination of insanity and laughter with a tantrum thrown in here and there. I have loved crafting since I was in High School but didn't know that my love for making things was incomplete until I fell in love with blogging as well-it just became a perfect combination for me (like Oreo's and milk) and a wonderful way to express myself. My blog is a place for me to share crafts, sewing projects, recipes, tidbits, vent, share experiences about my kids and sometimes just ramble. Each post seems to go in a different direction (kind of like my brain sometimes). Here is a small sampling of some of my baby related tutorials.

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Alison has asked me to share my tutorial to make a carseat cover. These are super easy to make and so convenient to have (I love mine). They make a great shower gift and all you need is 2 yards of fabric (you can't go wrong with that). There are lots of different styles of these out there. This is how I made mine (it's reversible). Supplies:

2 yards of fabric
Thread to match


Step 1: Trim your piece of fabric. I tore 1 inch off of the edge with the white strip with the little colored dots (I don't know what it's technical name is). I also tore off a three inch strip off the length (so instead of it being 36 inches it is now 33 inches long). So my final rectangle was 40.5"X 33". Repeat for your second piece of fabric.
Step 2: Fold your fabric over hamburger style (so not the long tall skinny way, but the short way)
Step 3: Place one piece of fabric on top of the other making sure all the edges line up.
Step 4: I made mine with rounded corners To make a pattern for rounding your corners you can use a fourth of a circle, place a bowl or a plate on your corner, or eye ball it I guess. In any case cut off both of your top corners only. Don't cut the corners on the folded edge.

Step 5: With right sides together pin and sew all around the outside edge of the fabric using a 3/8 inch seam, leaving an opening on one edge for turning. Backstitch at the start and finish of the opening. Trim with pinking shears around your rounded corners before turning to reduce bulk. Turn right side out. Press flat with an iron being sure to press out the seams completely (meaning that there is nothing folded inward)

Step 6: Topstitch all around the outside of the fabric using a 1/8 inch seam. Step 7: Now to make the attachments. Using the 3" strips your tore off at the beginning, iron them flat and fold them in half. Cut along the fold to get 2 pieces. Step 8: Fold each of those pieces in half and cut along the fold again. You should now have 4 pieces of each fabric.

Step 9: Place one piece of each fabric right sides together and sew along the sides with a 1/4" seam. Turn them right side out and press flat.


Step 10: Fold down a little over an inch of fabric towards the inside at each end of the strip. You should end up with a strip that is 8 1/4 inches long. Top stitch around all sides of the this strip with an 1/8" seam.
Step 11: Placing velcro. Cut two pieces of velcro 1 1/4" long. Separate. Place the soft pieces together at the top of the strip like this (see picture) and sew all around the outside as well as down the middle (in the middle between the two pieces catching a bit of each piece.)

Place the rough end of the velcro at the bottom on the opposite side like this (the first one was 1 inch from the top of the strip and the second one was 2 1/2 inches from the top). Sew around each one. Velcro placement can vary as you wish. I like this placement especially if you are planning to give this to someone else. Every carseat is different and this allows the person to have some flexibility with the tightness or looseness of the attachments. I like mine tight so the cover doesn't slip all over the place. To make the second set repeat the exact same process only on the opposite sides of the fabric strips.

Step 12: Now fold your large fabric piece in half and press the fold with your iron.
Fold your attachment strips in half also and press with the iron. Match the center fold of the strip to the center fold of the large piece. I placed my attachment pieces 8 1/2 inches from each edge. Sew along the fold, backstitching at the start and stop. Then flip the fabric over and place the other set of strips on the other side the same way and sew through them making sure that the ones you just sewed previously don't get folded over or tucked under. And that is it. Now you can have it this way.....

or this way.

Thanks so much, Heather!!
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