Reversible Car Seat Strap Covers

So my niece Ava is now almost 4 months old and spends a lot of time in her car seat going here and there with her 3 older siblings. The car seat strap covers my sister was using were getting pretty nasty so it was requested that I make some new ones.

 

I first saw this tutorial on reversible strap covers from Alisa at the Sweet Life. But I decided to change the sizes a bit so the finished size is about 6″ long. They might be a tad long for newborns but they fit Ava’s car seat great!

 

I used pink polka-dots on one side and pink fuzzy fabric on the other. They were really quick to make and came out super cute. Ava loved them! Well, I think she did…she drooled all over them. And because they are reversible you can just flip them over and extend the life between washes.

 

Here is my tutorial…

 

Materials (for one pair)

  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of patterned cotton fabric
  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of soft and fuzzy fabric or another cotton pattern
  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of batting (I like low-loft polyester because it doesn’t stretch like cotton batting)
  • Two sets of 3″ velcro strips

 

Put the patterned cotton down first and match the right sides of the patterned cotton and the soft fabric together. Then put the batting on top. I like to sew with my batting on top because it stretches more and it gets caught in the presser feet if it is on the bottom.
Sew the edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance and leave a 2-3″ opening for turning.
Cut the corners and trim up the edges. Then turn right side in and iron flat.
I like to use sided steam a seam tape to iron in between the gap where I turned the fabric in. Then you can stitch it closed by hand.
Sew a 1/4″ seam around the edges. Watch your stitch length. You want to make sure it isn’t too small when you are sewing through all these layers.
Sew on the velcro on opposite sides of cover. One on the soft side and one on the patterned side. You can add a longer strip of velcro if you want…on second though, a 5″ would probably hold the edges a little more securely than my 3″ strip. I will try a longer strip next time.
Here you can see the velcro on each side. If you have a specific direction to your pattern, you need to pay attention to which way you sew on the velcro.
Fold it up and hook the velcro and you see how they work!
Now attach to the car seat! While Ava was sleeping she told me she wanted the polka-dot side showing!

 

Then later when she was up I thought I would take a pic of the other side of the straps. Isn’t she cute?!?

 

And of course I have to throw in a pic of her big sister Hannah…who was wearing the most adorable outfit! She loves pink…can you tell?
Man, I love those kids! Until later, happy sewing!

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15 Responses to “Reversible Car Seat Strap Covers”

  1. Chris says:

    How adorable. You did an excellent job with those strap covers. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. Etsy, is it possible to somehow buy your hand made car seat cover?
    Diana

  3. Thanks for the share! Very useful info!

  4. gail says:

    how cute! The strap covers AND the kiddos! :)
    gail

  5. Katie says:

    Love the strap covers! So practical!

  6. amy says:

    Oh my gosh, she is soooo adorable! And so are those strap covers! You did a fantastic job…love the pattern, love the fabric; they’re awesome! Thanks a million for linking to One Artsy Mama!

  7. Katie says:

    Oh my word! She’s precious! She seriously looks like a cabbage patch kid! :) Love the fabric you used on the straps! I’ll have to remember this one day for when I have little ones!

  8. juliannej says:

    Great job! new follower and i would love if you’d follow back!

    http://www.sewfantastic.blogspot.com

  9. Jane says:

    Looks great! Your nieces are super cute. I just became an aunt for the first time this year. It’s the best!

  10. Awhhhhhhhhh I love the idea what a cute and simple and practical project…. buttt more importantly I think you have the cutest little ones EVER! I think if it is possible you just made my “baby fever” even worse! Shoot! :o) I will totally have to keep this tutorial in mind! Thank you so much for linking up!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

    • Jamie says:

      Hahahaha…thanks! But I can’t take credit for the kiddos though, my sister and her husband made them! It is ridiculous how adorable they are :)

  11. Holly says:

    LOVE this! My child is complaining all the time about her straps! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Holly
    lifeasathrifter.blogspot.com

  12. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the fabric you used and the straps look so cute and comfy. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the Cure for the Common Monday.
    :) Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/10/cure-for-common-monday-12.html

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