There’s a saying in my family that you can hear the knitting needles clicking once a baby announcement is made. When it’s my baby, you can hear the power sander and spray paint of furniture reno, but I digress.
One of my best friends just had a rainbow baby, and if you know that term, you understand just how special this baby is. While we were all eagerly awaiting his arrival, I made him a little infant seat cover. I made one for Brady when I was pregnant (the mustache pattern below) and loved being able to cover him up. It was a perfect barrier from germs, and strangers at Target who try to touch your newborn, and it creates a dark place for them to sleep. I got many compliments on it but felt bad that I couldn’t share where to buy one!
Well I still can’t (although I’m sure Etsy is filled with them), but I can tell you how to make one! You need a sewing machine, but otherwise it’s not a difficult project.
This cover fits my Britax B-Safe infant car seat, and I made one for my friend’s Chicco Keyfit infant seat. Many infant seats are similarly sized, so I would imagine this fits most of them. It’s natural for a little fabric to brush along the ground. Just be sure to wash the fabric before sewing so you can wash it when it gets dirty. I also recommend a unisex fabric so you can use it for future siblings!
- 1.5 yards of fabric for the top
- 1.5 yards of fabric for the backing (interior-facing)
- 3 inches of sew-on velcro (2" wide)
- 1 spool of matching thread
- Wash and iron your fabric. Washing ensures that it won't shrink when washed later on.
- Cut each piece of fabric to a 35"x 43" rectangle, with the pattern facing the direction you want.
- Rounded corners looks nice and reduces the amount of fabric brushing on the ground. Round your corners by tracing around a large mixing bowl (see pic). Cut out traced corners.
- Place two fabrics RIGHT (patterned) SIDES FACING, and sew along the outer edge with a straight stitch using a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a 1.5" opening to turn inside out.
- Cut tiny slits or triangles from the overhanging fabric at each corner (see pic). This reduces fabric bunching in the corners.
- Turn inside out so the right (patterned) sides of the fabric are facing out. Use a pen or chopstick to push fabric outward from the seams, especially around the corners. Iron flat.
- Stitch around the entire perimeter of the fabric, closing the 1.5" opening. Use a 1/4-1/2" seam allowance. I used a zig-zag stitch from my machine's pre-settings to add interest (see pic).
- Choose your fabric for the straps. Cut two rectangles measuring 6.5" x 9.5". Fold each piece lengthwise, RIGHT SIDES FACING, and iron. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around 2 edges - one short, one long, leaving the fourth edge (a short one) open (see pic). The other edge is folded, so you shouldn't need to sew it together. Turn inside out and use a pen or chopstick to help push out the corners (see pic).
- At the open end, fold the fabric inward about 1/4" and iron shut (see pic).
- Stitch around the entire perimeter of each rectangle strap (including the folded side), closing the opening (see pic). I used the same zig-zag stitch as on the cover.
- Cut 3" velcro in half, leaving two 1.5" pieces (this includes the whole velcro piece - top and bottom).
- Place one velcro side on one end of a strap, and the other velcro side on the opposite side and end of the same strap. You want the two velcro pieces to meet and attach to make a loop. Experiment until they're positioned correctly, and use the picture below for help.
- Pin the velcro pieces in place. Repeat on other strap.
- Sew velcro pieces on the ends of each strap, using a straight stitch near the edge of the perimeter of the velcro (see pic).
- I attached the straps 15" from the top of my cover and about 11" from each side. There were 6" between my straps to allow room for the carseat handle. Adjust these measurements based on your preferences and carseat. Use pins to easily experiment with the right placement of your straps on your carseat.
- Pin straps into your desired position and double check that the velcro can be fastened to create a loop.
- Sew the straps to the cover. I sewed a square with a criss-cross in the middle for extra security (see pic). You can use a pencil or fabric marker to sketch the square if you don't want to eyeball it.
- You're done! Attach the cover to your infant seat and keep that little bambino safe, secure and sleeping!