This free baby car seat canopy pattern is easy to make and is a great shower gift. You can make a beautiful car seat that will survive the washer, and several kids! This can be made from fleece, flannel or cotton fabric. Please be sure to wash flannel and cotton before sewing as it may shrink in the wash.
You will need the following:
1 and 1/3 yards fleece (a little extra of a different color if you want contrasting straps)
1 and 1/3 yards flannel
6- 8 inches sew on Velcro
5 – 7 yards small cording (3 packages of wright’s – optional)
Washable cloth marking pen or pencil
extra buttons, ribbon for decorating
Download the free pattern here, tutorial below.
Here is the video tutorial, full step by step picture tutorial below.
1 – Cut out pattern
Assemble the pattern. You can find assembly directions on this page. There is a picture in the download as a reference guide. (Like the Pocket on the cover? Get the tutorial for that here.)Place the line on the fold and cut 1 from the fleece. Be sure to mark the top of the cut out piece with a pin ( or mark from washable pen) as the pattern is not symmetrical.Place the pattern on the flannel lining and cut out again ( be sure to pre -wash the flannel before you sew!) Be sure to mark the top of the cut out piece with a pin ( or mark from washable pen) as the pattern is not symmetrical.Cut out 4 of the straps (2 exterior 2 lining). I recommend using the flannel especially on the straps to keep the fleece from stretching. In this pattern I used some brown fleece for a contrasting color on the straps.
Save your fleece scraps! There’s enough left over to make a cute hat and other things for the baby!
2 – Begin to sew
If your not using cording skip to step 3.Personally I love how cording looks next to fleece. There’s something about cording that says “pro”. Here is how I sew cording.I pin the cording in place on the right side of the fabric.Lining the edge of the cording up with the edge of the fabric. I like to start in the middle of the pattern where it comes in.Using a zipper foot, I sew right next to the cording all the way around the cover. (The needle is on the left side of the foot, and the foot is butted up next to the cording)
If you are capable of sewing cording and two pieces of fabric together at the same time – you are awesome, I bow down to you – I can’t. =)
3 - Pin the lining to the top of the cover
Pin right sides together. Pin the fleece and the flannel lining together (cording should be sandwiched between the two). Leave a gap of about five inches for turning. ( Again I like to start and stop in the middle section where is comes in.)
Tip: Pin from the middle of the pattern (where is comes in) out – it will pin better)
4 – Sew the top and lining together, turn
If you are not using cording, sew all the way around with a straight stitch with a .5 seam allowance.With cording, use a zipper foot, butt foot up against cording and sew all the way around – be sure to leave gap open for turning. The tighter, closer you are to the cording the better it will look – take your time to make it look right.Turn the cover right side out and admire your work!
5 – Sew Closed the Gap
You can blind stitch the gap closed by hand…or I just machine stitch it closed, It’s in an inconspicuous spot that will be covered any way – and the machine stitches are stronger and will last longer than my hand stitches.
6 – Top Stitch
If you are doing the cording – you probably are sick of sewing around the cover – but just one last time. It’s worth it – promise.On the right side of the top piece of fabric, using your zipper foot butt the right side up against the cording, with the needle on the left. This will give you some nice top stitching that will make your cording pop.No cording – top stitch .5 inches from the edge of the fabric.
Tip – You’re working with a lot of fabric – so careful that it doesn’t fold up under the needle – I like to pin the cover a little to prevent this from happening.
7 – Make the straps
Follow the cording instruction in step two.
Place right sides of fabric together pin and sew, leaving a gap at the bottom (not the rounded side) for turning of 2 to 3 inches.
Sew, turn, and sew gap shut like you did on the cover.
Then top stitch as you did on the cover.
8 – Add the Velcro
Using the guides on the pattern for reference place the “hook” side ( the pointy side) of the Velcro on the interior of the strap – sew into place by sewing a straight stitch along the edges, turning at corners (all four sides) of the Velcro.Note: This stitching will be able to be seen on the other side – either use thread that won’t be easily seen or make sure your stitches are nice and straight as they will be seen.Again using the guides on the pattern for reference place the other side of the Velcro (loop) on the exterior of the strap. Straight stitch all four sides into place.Ideas for decorating the straps coming soon.
9 – Sewing Straps onto the cover
Using the pattern as a guide, mark the stitching pattern onto each strap. This is how you’ll sew it onto the cover.
Pin the Straps onto the cover.
Make sure the lining fabric is flat underneath.
If you have access to the car seat you are making this for – I recommend that you lay the cover on it to gauge where the straps should go. Otherwise you can put them where I have the straps the picture – with the caveat that all baby car seat are different and what works for one might not work for another.
Sew the straps to the cover.
10 – Finishing up the cover!
This cover is different from other baby covers. I don’t like how most just hang from the bar onto where the baby is. This cover is made to prevent that and to stay in place if it’s windy. Just do this final step!Place you’re amazing looking cover on the car seat if you have access to it.See how the edges fold over in the picture – with a single pin - pin where the top and bottom meet in the middle.Using a washable marker pencil draw on the top and bottom where that point is on each side. The mark on the top will be on the interior lining and the mark on the bottom will be on the exterior of the cover.
Sew a small amount of Velcro ( about on inch) the hook on the top interior where the mark is – the loop on the bottom exterior of the cover.
Now your little one will be snug as a bug! You could also make this pattern with flannel, or cotton since all the edges are finished. Send me a picture I would love to see your work!