Sunday, October 17, 2010

Car Seat Blanket Shield

So this is somewhat a continuation of my double stroller and car seat makeover.  I needed to make a cover since it's going to be cold when we have our daughter so I wanted something stylish and matching to shield her from the cold or the light if she was napping. 

Needed Materials:
46 x 40 inch piece of quilted fabric (or if you are wanting to use 2 different pieces of fabric - then you'll need 2 of these pieces)
2 packs of double fold bias tape (quilt binding) at 3 yards  7/8 inches wide (this will take you all the way around the blanket)
7 x 14 1/2 inch for the handle (or 2 pieces if you are using a lighter weight material)
velcro - width 1 inch,     5 inch piece (big thing on velcro- don't purchase sticky velcro- purchase sew on velcro!! Sticky backed velcro with ruin your sewing needle and mess you up big time)

I started with a quilted fabric that has a different pattern on each side that was a good weight but not too heavy.  I folded the fabric in half so that the sides that measure 46 inches are aligned.  I measured up 21 inches from the bottom (that will end up covering the front).  Next I cut out a 4 x 7 1/2 inch piece through both layers of fabric and rounded the inner corners

Then I unfolded the piece of fabric and rounded out the remaining corners

To attach the double fold bias tape, I opened the center fold to fit my fabric in the middle so that then when I laid the top fold back down my fabric was sandwiched in the middle.  Also you want to make sure your fabric is in the fold as much as possible so that when you sew, your fabric is secured in place.

Pin in place. Around the corners, I had to fold the bias tape so that it stayed close to my fabric.
Finish around the entire blanket and then sew a 5/8 seam or as close to the inner edge of the binding as you can to catch the most amount of fabric.
With the handle I double folded the 14 1/2 inch sides 1/4 inch and sewed.
Along the 7 inch sides I double folded 1 inch (or take whatever width your SEW ON Velcro is plus 1/4 inch)
Fold in the handle piece so that it is in the shape of a circle then overlap the width of your Velcro plus 1/4 inch.  This will be where your will want to sew on your Velcro (one piece on one side and vice verse)
Now before you sew on your handle, lay the blanket over the car seat half shield but under the handle.  Adjust the sizes and front and back to be where you will want it to lay.  Next pin the center of the handle piece of fabric to the blanket where you want it and sew 3 straight stitches 1/2 inch apart (make sure to back stitch at the start and end of each line to reinforce).  It's finished!! Yes and onto another project.


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Turning the Clock Back said...

I love the material you chose!

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