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Friday, November 2, 2012

Infant Car Seat Cover

I had seen these cute covers for car seats, so I decided that I wanted to make one for Grant.  Sure, I could have just Googled the promo code and paid for the shipping on one, but I wanted to make it.  After finding a tutorial and reading the instructions several times, I thought, "How hard can it be?"

So, I went to my local quilt shop and picked out some fabric.  The car seat is gray with lime green accents, so I wanted something that would go with it without being too matchy-matchy.  I used a flannel fabric on the outside and a cotton fabric for the lining fabric on the inside.

Turns out, it was fairly easy to make, but it was not what I would call a "quick" project.  It took me quite a while to get the fabric cut and smoothed out before beginning to sew.  Also, I like the extra pop of color that the binding fabric added, but binding the edges did mean spending more time on it.  If I ever make another one, I will simply topstitch around the edge. 

I found the tutorial here.  I thought that the instructions were very easy to follow.  However, if you want to make your straps from the same fabric that your cover is made from, I would recommend buying 1 1/8 yards of each fabric.  Once I cut out the material for the cover from my yard of fabric, I did not have enough left over for the straps.  Luckily, I had plenty of binding material to make my straps from.  Also, I was not thinking when I cut my binding strips.  I just cut straight strips.  With the rounded edges, bias tape would have worked much better. 

With the project, I was able to use my new binding foot on my sewing machine.  With it, you can sew the binding on your project in one step.  I can't wait to try it out on my next pillowcase dress project.

You can find the binding foot here on Amazon.

It was chilly and windy today, so I used the cover when I took Grant to Bible study today.  It worked well, and I am really glad I was able to invest the time to make something for him.


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