If you’re into DIY, then you’ll love to know that baby car seat covers are easy to make at home! With a few materials and a little time, you can make an incredibly stylish cover that will make you the envy of everyone in your playgroup. Custom covers also make excellent baby shower gifts for friends or family that are expecting.
Why Make your Own?
Car seat covers can be expensive, especially the really stylish ones. In addition, some less expensive covers are made with cheap fabric, which can be sweaty, sticky, or itchy for your baby. If you live in an area with extreme seasons, you might need to buy a different cover for the cold winter and the hot summer, which can add up to being quite costly. Making your own car seat cover will allow your infant to ride in style and in comfort, all for a pretty affordable price tag!
What You’ll Need
To get started, you’ll need a sewing machine, scissors, some pins, and a pattern. There are many free patterns available online, or you can pay to download one from online craft retailers like Etsy. Some sewing stores also have free or low-cost patterns available in the fabric department. Most patterns will tell you how much fabric you will need to complete the cover, so once you have your pattern in hand, head to the craft store to pick up your fabric and accent fabric. Follow the instructions on the pattern and use your imagination to add any embellishments if you desire, such as buttons, ribbons, or fabric flowers.
Re-cover an Existing Car Seat
If you don’t want to make the car seat from scratch, you also have the option of covering an existing seat with new fabric. This is a great option if you have an old seat that is torn, outdated, or that has uncomfortable, scratchy material. All you need to do is purchase the fabric of your choice and remove the existing car seat cover. Using scissors, take the current fabric off the padding. You can use those fabric pieces as a pattern to cut out your new cover, giving yourself a half an inch of extra margin to be safe. Using pins, place the new fabric pieces over the cushioning and sew around the openings. Use the old fabric as a guide to cut out any inserts that the previous cover had, such as a space for the buckle.
Expert Tips and Tricks
One of the great benefits of choosing your fabric is you can choose machine washable fabrics. Depending on the weather in your area, you may choose fleece, flannel, or cotton. Be sure to wash any fabric, especially cotton, before sewing because some fabrics will shrink in the wash.
Another great tip is to utilize sew-on Velcro. If you want to make a different car seat for every season, you can sew in Velcro to easily change out the car seat cover, allowing you to use heavier fabrics in the winter and lighter ones in the summer.