Since my second daughter was born, I’ve been meaning to make this project. She just turned four months and I just now completed it.
Can we say procrastinator?
Anyway, I got fed up with the car seat strap rubbing against her neck, so I whipped these together real quick and I must say that I am super pleased with the outcome!
But before I begin I just want to mention that this is a great way to use some of that left over fabric you have laying around. This would be great to use for yourself or to give as a baby gift.
I don’t think anyone would be disappointed that you made these for them. They’re so cute! And not to mention, very functional.
In my opinion they are SO MUCH BETTER than the ones you can buy in store.
Plus, they’re made with love and you can’t go wrong with that!
So, let’s begin!
First, pick out 2 complimentary fabrics. Make sure they are thicker fabrics. I used terry cloth and flannel. If you’re using two contrasting fabrics, make sure you wash and dry them before you make this.
If you use thinner fabrics, you may want to sew these with interfacing or a thin batting.
To get the appropriate measurements for your fabric, measure the straps from where the strap comes out of the back of the seat to the top of where the buckle hits your child’s chest to get the length of your fabric. For the width, just measure a strap from one side to the other and double it. Then add 1″ to both measurements.
(See above picture for a visual reference).
To sew your fabric pieces shut and make a pretty border all the way around, begin sewing at the open section with a 1/4″ seam allowance. I like to put my fabric into the machine, put the needle down through the fabric of where I want to begin to sew, then drop my sewing foot. It also helps keep my fabric from getting bound up.
Now, the only thing left to do is add your Velcro. You can use the kind where you adhere it with heat, or the sew-on kind. If you get the kind that is not sew-on, DO NOT sew it on! It will cause your needle and machine to gum up. And that’s no bueno!
Then, take a piece of the SOFT Velcro and pin it to the OPPOSITE side and OPPOSITE end of where you pinned the rough side. This is VERY important!!! Please read this instruction once more so you know how to do it the right way. Otherwise you’ll have to seam rip and start over!
And that’s it! You now have some CUTE reversible car seat strap covers!
I love them!
And here’s how they look all completed:
Super-functional. I like it!